I know most of us feel exhausted from the political chaos that has taken over our social media feeds, the evening news, and nearly every blog we read. I figured I would add to that chaos, but not in the way you might think this post might go.
I definitely believe we have a responsibility to ourselves and to our country to be educated in what is happening in government. I believe we should take a stand for what we believe. However, I do not think we should allow it to consume us to the point of fear and turning on one another.
What I read on my social media feed breaks my heart. I’m actually less concerned with who resides in the White House in January 2017 and more concerned with the lack of faith many who profess to follow Jesus are showing during this time.
My kids and I have been reading in the Old Testament the last couple of months. It’s full of stories of Israel and their government. God’s own chosen people were ruled by kings who loved Him and ruled according to His law. BUT, they were also ruled by horribly evil kings who ignored all of God’s laws. Over and over again.
All you have to do is read through 1&2 Kings to see evidence of this.
Through all of those evil, self serving kings, a few things remained.
Evil rulers ruled, but God was still the KING of KINGS. He did not falter in His reign because people chose to seek their own pleasures.
God was still a loving, merciful God who desired to be in a relationship with His children. He continued to protect and provide for those who were faithful to Him.
Even in the midst of godless rulers, there were always those who put their faith in the one true God. There were those who didn’t cave to fear of man, but trusted that their God was STILL in control, that He held the world in His hands and His Word was faithful and true.
In this time of uncertainty for the leadership of our country, regardless of your political stance, this is my plea to you. KEEP your trust in the Lord, not in feeble man. Kingdoms come and kingdoms go, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.
Be the ones who let faith rule. Be the ones who in the midst of chaos find peace. Who trust that our God is good and He does not falter. Be the ones God will use because your faith in Him remains.
Our country may not turn back to our spiritual roots, but this does not mean that God abandons us. No, quite the opposite. This is when I believe we would begin to see His provision like never before. So do we fear man or woman, or do we trust God?
Do your part. Vote if you are able, but don’t join the mass confusion and anxiety of those who can only see our world falling apart if the “wrong person” takes office. That shouts fear, not faith.
Jesus left us with these words.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
The early church faced harsh political conditions in their time. Their new belief system was illegal. Paul reminded them of WHO God made them to be.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Regardless of who gets elected, let us be lead by faith in the ONE who is above all else, and not by fear of man.