Not Surprised

Have seen and heard a lot of commentary in the past few days regarding the decision by the U.S. supreme court on health care.  Have seen and heard a lot of political statements on the future of this nation.  Have seen and heard from people who are on each side of the political aisle, and even some who fall in the middle.  Have seen and heard from those who are either upset and irritated or happy and elated.  Catching 10 or 15 minutes of the news or seeing it on your homepage will seemingly cover the details, and even some “spin.”  Everyone is talking about the U.S., politics, government, the election, and the supreme court.

So today, I can say, that I have “seen and heard all I care to.”

I am not surprised by what is unfolding here in our county, or for that matter, around the world.  I am not surprised at the political discourse and rhetoric that we hear from local to national politics.  I am not surprised by the path that we are on, as people take their eyes off of what is truly most important and are seemingly willing to sell their entire future for short term band-aids.  Sure, it is heartbreaking, but what can you expect?

Placing hope in politics to “fix” things or “restore” things or “change” things that matter most in life  is the clear error.  Government and politics will never transform hearts and lives; they can never answer the most important questions.  For years now, they have seemingly ceased to care about being “for the people and by the people.”  They care not about being guilty of taxation without representation.  Humble service and principled debate has been gone.  There seems to be no ethical or moral requirement to run, or qualify, for any office – anywhere.  It’s more about money and power than core beliefs and honorable service.  A catchy phrase, even with empty promises, can take you far if you are good enough to market it.

Instead of going on – I can only pray.  Instead of being caught up in the mayhem – I am only led to my knees.  If what is unfolding in our world, nation, and communities isn’t enough to drive us directly to our knees, in prayer, nothing else will.  For many eyes have been drawn off the Lord and placed on so many other things in the last few decades.  More recently, this has occurred systemically and even among some Christians.  People of all walks of life believe, today, that the system has the people’s “best interests at heart.”  That has never been true and it will never be true – no matter how well it is sold, wrapped, and advertised.  Only God has our very best interests at heart!

I pray.  Many pray.  We pray together and we must continue to.  This world, this nation, and our communities are in dire need of a movement of God.  A movement that only He can instrument and orchestrate through His Spirit.  We must return to our 1st love!  We must be about the Father’s business!  We must take to heart God’s heart and vision.  We need restoration of godliness and purity – love and community.  Yes, I believe this needs to be elevated as priority #1.  I am reminded as I sit here at home, looking upon our Eli and factoring in this aggressive treatment plan that he is in the middle of, that God has the whole thing in the palm of His hand.  Our choice and our responsibility is to simply be His witnesses and spread the Word in these days.  You do know we have good news to distribute, don’t you?  Whether on the mountain or in the pit of the valley – we need to distribute Jesus to everyone we come into contact with.

This week, let us ask ourselves:  Who can we give Jesus to, and, Who can we be Jesus to?   There is no shortage of people to reach; no shortage of work to be done.  Be encouaraged, He has overcome the world!  I hope you find that to be good news.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.  And you will be My witnesses to testify about Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1, v.8).

He is worthy!  He is able!  He will satisfy!  Let us seek first His Kingdom, whole-heartedly, and we can be assured that He will take care of everything else.  You are loved!

Porter

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