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Election 08: I am concerned (edited repost)

In my younger years (not that I’m old or anything), my stance on politics was, “those are dumb, why do people care so much and get so worked up about it?”.

Over the years, I’ve grown to have SOME interest in things. My basic view starts with this overarching principle: Jesus is King, and He’s coming to reign on the earth. Soon.

Until that day, however, I find this Scripture to be most compelling:
from Psalm 2: 10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal Son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

You see, today, I am concerned. I am concerned that the majority of people in our nation — and particularly young people — are looking for one thing: change (and who would deny that we need it?). But, I fear that we are far too easily moved by the stirring words or appealing ideas that candidates may put forth. We are judging from the outward appearace.

God looks on the heart.
Not the slogans, the commercials, the bumper stickers, the well-penned speaches..
the HEART.

I can’t see the heart of either of these candidates. But, God can. I encourage you to PRAY. Ask God to reveal the hearts of the candidates. And, ask Him what is important on His heart.  They all seem to claim some Christian “faith”, but again — who knows, but God? 

Would Jesus vote republican or democrat?  He cannot be contained.  He just IS.  I vote Jesus for King of the Nations.  Wait, He already IS King — and there’s not democratic process involved! 

Don’t let the seeming attractiveness of one candidate or another sway you — or the progressiveness of their particular choices. Bottom line is this: If our leaders do not submit to the Son of God, He will become angry, and they may be destroyed in the midst of their all of their good intentions (see verse 12 above). We ALL need to bow down and Kiss the Son.

What America needs is MERCY, not just CHANGE.

If we want a man to lead us, He will give us a man to lead us — and we will reap accordingly (see the story of Israel when they clamored for a king, and God gave them what they wanted – Saul).

Don’t get me wrong.  I think it would be cool to have the first African-American president.  I think it would be sweet to have a woman in the White House.  But our issues as a nation go way deeper than this.  The fact that we are on the verge of calamity on every front is not something that politics can bring (lasting) change to.
If we desire to find TRUE peace, comfort, security, it will only come as we humble ourselves before the Throne of Grace and ask for mercy. We desperately need MERCY.

If all we ask for is change, we will get it…. but we may be very surprised with how it really looks when it comes.

We need God’s mercy. 

If we could agree and “vote” (i.e. PRAY) for that — we would see the change we need. . . and it wouldn’t really matter what human was in the Oval Office. 🙂   
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About Jessie

Lover of God. Husband. Dad. Director of the Furnace at Michigan State University.

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