Election Results in Retrospect   1 comment

In 36 hours, the fat lady sings and the world as we know it may be over.

Not really.

Yeah, this is an important election in which, if you insist upon voting either Democrat or Republican, you really don’t have any good choices. A friend who grew up in communist China reminds me that “In communism, there are no choices.”

Two days from now, our nation’s fate, probably for the next three generations, will be decided and none of it will be good. Each of the two incredibly flawed leading presidential hopefuls, chosen by an incredibly flawed system, would lead us on a distinctly different, distinctly flawed path to a distinctly different and uniquely flawed future. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is presidential timbre.

Image result for image of reapers in a field of weedsClinton is corrupt, a serial liar who looks increasingly pathological, with a public and private stance for every occasion. Trump is an erratic, compulsive boor who plays fast and loose with the facts. He is a pig with women. Any decent person would grieve their child grew up to be like either of them.

Their nominations are a sad indictment of our election process. These two specimens of inequity were tapped to represent their parties over far better qualified choices. Nonetheless, we will be saddled with one of them as 45th president on Jan. 20. It is mind-boggling anybody would vote for either. It is likely many are casting ballots more for future U.S. Supreme Court picks, or vice presidential nominees, or the economy, or immigration reform, or simply against one of the two.

Listen closely and you can hear the Founders rolling in their graves.

It’s a time when the country desperately needs good choices, so it is unfortunate that there aren’t any. Even if voters were to stop playing the elites’ game and elect Gary Johnson, things just aren’t miraculously going to be better. Yes, I am concerned about the direction of the country. Violence is rampant, the economy is fragile and morality … yeah.

But don’t panic. I’m not. There is no reason to freak out, though you might want to seriously consider stocking up on food and ammo if you haven’t already. Remember, it’s better not to use a credit card for either one, because that tracks back to you and you don’t want the government knowing what you have. It makes it so much easier for them to come take it from you. But, still, preparing doesn’t mean we freak out.

Why not?

God is still on His throne. Yes, we are in a horrible mess. No, God didn’t do that. We the people of the United States did that! Through our lack of care, we allowed the elites to take over our country and make a horrible mess … a mess that might take generations to clean up, if we can do it at all.

Christians, that’s no reason to be anxious that God has or will forsake us, because He won’t. As Christians, we should take a different view into an election cycle that the rest of the world does. Our view is through the lens of faith. We believe this truth:

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Ultimately, who is in the White House doesn’t matter one wit because God is in control. Make no mistake, rough times are coming. No matter who wins the White House, it will not be a good time for Christians. Americans in generalhelped to make the mess we’re living in and the mudslide that is about to wash over us is one that we helped create. The churches have been remiss in preaching the gospel and in calling ourselves to task for the immorality that is rampant in our world. No, I am not saying we should be rallying to demand a return to morality in secular society. I’m saying we should be examining ourselves and our focuses over the last several decades and calling OURSELVES to task and then cleaning house.

In that calling and cleaning, it is highly likely that we will draw the ire of the current government, no matter who wins the White House. Consider it discipline. God is not saying “Well done, good and faithful servant.” He’s saying “We have a problem here and you need to listen to Me on how to fix it.”

I know that’s a hard lesson to learn … that sometimes God lets bad things happen to us so that we will listen to Him … but there is the lesson we need and it is the lesson that will be given, no matter who wins the White House.

Jeremiah 29:1-23

The prophet Jeremiah sent a letter to the exiles Nebuchadnezzar had carried off from Jerusalem to Babylon. It was addressed to the elders who were left among the exiles, to the priests, to the prophets, and to all the other people who were exiled in Babylon. He sent it after King Jeconiah, the queen mother, the palace officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had been exiled from Jerusalem. He sent it with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah. King Zedekiah of Judah had sent these men to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.The letter said:

“The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says to all those he sent into exile to Babylon from Jerusalem, Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and allow your daughters get married so that they too can have sons and daughters. Grow in number; do not dwindle away. Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.’

“For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘Do not let the prophets or those among you who claim to be able to predict the future by divination deceive you. And do not pay any attention to the dreams that you are encouraging them to dream.They are prophesying lies to you and claiming my authority to do so. But I did not send them. I, the Lord, affirm it!’ 

For the Lord says, ‘Only when the seventy years of Babylonian rule are over will I again take up consideration for you. Then I will fulfill my gracious promise to you and restore  you to your homeland.29:11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayerI will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will reverse your plight and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’

29:15You say, ‘The Lord has raised up prophets of good news for us here in Babylon.’ But just listen to what the Lord has to say about the king who occupies David’s throne and all your fellow countrymen who are still living in this city of Jerusalem and were not carried off into exile with you. The Lord who rules over all says, ‘I will bring war, starvation, and disease on them. I will treat them like figs that are so rotten they cannot be eaten. I will chase after them with war, starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them. For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ says the Lord. ‘And you exiles have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. So pay attention to what I, the Lord, have said, all you exiles whom I have sent to Babylon from Jerusalem.’

The Lord God of Israel who rules over all also has something to say about Ahabson of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you and claiming my authority to do so. ‘I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and he will execute them before your very eyes. And all the exiles of Judah who are in Babylon will use them as examples when they put a curse on anyone. They will say, “May the Lord treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab whom the king of Babylonroasted to death in the fire!This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighborswives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 

We did not listen to Him when we had opportunity. We chose rulers to put between ourselves and God and now, well, we’re going to reap that harvest of what we have sown. But don’t be anxious, because God’s plans always come about, in His good time, when He has our attention.

 

 

 

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Posted November 7, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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