I thought my first blog back into blogosphere should be a political one...after all, it is the hot topic (that is, after the mourning that is happening in WI because of the Packer's first season game loss!).
I don't know about you, but I am tired of the political back and forth that today's candidates produce. Very little substance has been included in their harsh words to each other. For me, the choice is clear.
I've had many friends around me confess they don't know who to vote for. When you look at a president who has produced devastating results to the American economy, not to mention his hatred towards Christianity has been on display this presidency in his policies, actions and words. Then we look to 'the other side' of the Romney campaign and we see a multi-millionaire that touts his proposals to cut 1/3 of American's extremities off with less government help. Add to this his Mormon ideology, that does not come close to aligning with a true Biblical worldview...and we get a candidate that falls short in many ways as well. But for me, the choice is clear.
Both parties had their national conventions in the past couple weeks. Our country had the opportunity to hear the candidates, among their pomp and circumstance, and discover what their party is supporting, and how a potential four years in the highest public office would produce from either side. Even after these conventions, the choice for me is clear.
When faced with a hard choice, it's always good to take a look back at the past to discover what it is that brought you to that place of choice, the good and the bad decisions that affected your current circumstance. America was founded on Biblical principles. Were all the founding father's Christian? No. We even had an atheist in the midst of those early founders. But each of our founding fathers had a healthy respect for God, and knew that any major decision that did not factor Him into the equation was destined to fail. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." It was God who gave this country EVERY good thing we have going for us. Yet in recent years we have wondered farther away for Him, shutting him out of the public eye and turning our back on him. No wonder we are struggling as a nation in so many areas. We've turned to our own devices...which do not work.
The choice in the upcoming president election is clear to me. I choose God. I trust His plan for not just my life, but for the daily life of our nation. God knows who He wants in office, and I trust Him for the outcome.
This morning I was reading in 1 Timothy and came across these verses: "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." What's our duty as a Christian believer? To pray for those in authority. Have you prayed for Obama today? Last time I checked, he still is our president. Regardless of our political stance, we have been given the mandate to pray for our leaders.
Have you ever prayed for someone you didn't like? Over time your heart starts to soften to them. It's amazing.
May you find the clear choice this election too. To any Christ-follower, the choice is clear.