About Last Night…

I feel strongly about our recent elections. Though many of you do also, I’m sure my opinions aren’t of great value to you at a time like this. The beauty is that our opinions all count as “1” when we vote. And we’ll all stand on judgment before God having to answer for how we used our blessings (including the right to vote). There, who says we need ‘change’ to have equality ;)?

Just a couple of things, if you don’t mind…

America is great not because of who we elect with our votes, but because we can vote. We need to carefully consider how much weight we put on the shoulders of men. No one man has caused our shortcomings and no one man can lead us out of them. We need to thank God that we live in a country where our voices matter. Additionally, the freedoms that grant us the right to vote also give us opportunities to easily teach others about Jesus Christ. I have to think that if we as Christians were doing our part in helping those in need and sharing the good news, there would be less of a need to vote for someone based largely on social reasons.

One more thing about this…if you threatened to move before or after the election based on the outcome (I personally have read several regarding both candidates), what country exists that has blessings, opportunities, and freedoms to a greater (or even same) degree as our own? Canada, Mexico, and so on have their own problems–and they’re worse than our problems. Let’s not be stupid about this stuff…

God’s purpose is not to protect America or spread democracy, but to protect the church and spread the gospel. I’m a proud American. However, I need to remember that the church existed–and thrived–prior to 1776. Additionally, if this nation ever ceases to exist, the church will still exist (Daniel 2:44). It’s very comforting to always know that God is in control and that He takes care of His people (ie, Heb. 13:5). However, I need to remember that America is not “His people.” It’s tempting to think God has a great purpose in keeping this nation strong for millenniums to come, but He’s not told us that in His word. Therefore, I need to be careful in assuming such. I pray that God will bless America; not because God needs America, but because America needs God.

I have been hypocritical. This is a more humorous approach, but one that I probably needed to come to grips about. Over the past several months, I easily decided for whom I would cast my vote based on some simple logic. I always want to vote for the man (or woman) who stands up for morality and integrity and who exhibits those things in his or her life. Of the two main candidates, it’s obvious there’s only one who comes close to doing so. I am appalled at the complete lack of accountability and honesty that’s put forward by one candidate, and how so many Americans aren’t bothered by such.

Let it be known however, that some 22 months ago I celebrated a new era of ‘change’ and ‘hope’ on the sidelines of the Alabama Crimson Tide. I can see how it is easy to overlook what we think is important when we stand to benefit directly from a person’s work. In no way do I approve of how dishonest Nick Saban looked when he left Miami; in no way do I approve of his choice of words when he’s fired up. But, I am presently glad he’s coaching my team and not yours.* So, I do admit to being inconsistent with my approach to the election this year. It’s something I’ll try to work on…for now, I wish Obama (& Saban) the best in the near future.

The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in this steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 33:13-19


* Comparing Obama & Saban is really not fair…to Saban. He came in with a lot more experience and is already following through with his promises.

Stuff Christians Like

Stuff Christians Like (SCL) is one of my favorite blog reads of the moment. It is a humorous approach to the daily lives of those who profess to follow Christ. Essentially, it is an attempt to “make fun” of some of the eccentricities of Christians. Some of them reflect important truths while some are about as random as it seems possible. Obviously, I don’t agree with all of the conclusions and “theology” found within the posts, and it’s likely you won’t as well. Nevertheless, it is refreshing and worth contemplating…and laughing at.

A recent favorite: #250, The unicorn hymn or worship song.