Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Not-So-Political Truth



Yesterday was a funny sort of day, I fell asleep Tuesday night watching intensely the votes trickle in from the swing states, wondering what direction our country has chosen to go.  Then I woke up to a horrible nightmare of one of my children running under a bus, only to end up intact on the other side.  The day was dreary and a little more bitter cold and damp than it usually is this time of year in the South...a lot like the sentiment I read from so many of my Christian friends after the election results.
I must say, first I don't want to be political...as if that is a thing one can or can't be.  We hold our own beliefs, for our own reasons, and we are blessed to live in a nation where we can hold a sign that says them, disagree with our leaders, and most importantly vote.  We get to do all of these things without fear of death or imprisonment.  So in essence, it is impossible to not be political, because even in apathy we choose the political tide of this great nation, by voting or not voting, posting political comments or cartoons of mockery on facebook, we direct the policies and direction of this country through just being whoever we are individually.  
So if I write, on food, on family, on homeschool, that is political even if I never declare what was on my ballot, because I share with you here what is near and dear to my heart and with that my political views and ideas are determined.  I do, in my sentiment, implore you to consider real food for your body and life, consider the bond homeschooling would create in your family, and do, by describing my own moments with my God, suggest that you consider your own religious or non-religious ideas.
In light of this, I have some scripture I would like to share in regards to the election and this ongoing frustration I see in so many.  If you don't want to read it...please by all means don't.  If we meet on one common thread (like food), I hope you still continue to read my blog on that basis.  For I do believe the greatness of mankind is that we are intertwined by so many different types of threads and it is those threads that hold us together.  If Christianity is a thread you hold in common with me, I hope you are encouraged by these words.

Habakkuk 1:5 " Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told."

God gave me this verse the day Sandy hit the East Coast.  I was studying the Flood and I must admit it was hard not to try and make some sort of parallel conclusion.  But that would be something man would do, and did do (in a not so loving way) all over the internet.  But now here we are, we've voted--it's done.  So if you find yourself angry that someone was or wasn't elected, let me share with you the context of this verse.  In verse 6 and on, God begins to tell the prophet Habakkuk that Isreal is going to be taken into captivity by the Babylonians, but out of this, He is going to do great things--things so great that they wouldn't even believe them if they were told.  Please do not think I am comparing the current administration to the Babylonians.  I just want to point out if you had placed your hope in a change of policy and only in that change of policy, that might you consider that you are limiting God in doing so. 

Isaiah 14:24 "The Lord Almighty has sworn, 'Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.'"

We need not trust in government, or policies, or even in the Constitution itself.  We are not secure because we are Americans, we are secure because we are His.  Anything short of this truth and we are clinging to things that pass away.  We need not live in fear, no matter what trouble we think we foresee politically.

Joshua 1:9  "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Whatever the next four years hold, and how you feel about them, God has one plan today, tomorrow and the next--to make you look more like His son.  He will use the circumstances He has foreordained to do so...so walk in them and walk in HIM!  

1 Thessalonians 5:18  "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."

Have you thanked God for our re-elected President?  God is doing something so big and so great that even if He told us, we wouldn't believe it.  So give Him thanks for it now, for this is true faith. And our earthly goal will be realized, to walk by faith, not by sight.  I'm not one to read dreams, but I can't help but think that bus means something...eh!...for now I will rest in the truth of God's Word, for despite men and their many wanderings He never changes!

Love and Butter,

Mishelle
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