One of the frustrating things of writing is trying to get everything typed out before you forget all the good stuff you have going on in your head. I've had a lot going on in my head for a number of months now and I've been putting off writing them down because as soon as I put my laptop in my lap, my mind wanders off to the Gilligan's Island theme song or some other silly path. So tonight I was perusing Facebook and again, putting off writing my thoughts down when I saw that Ted Cruz was suspending his campaign after losing badly in Indiana. I decided it's time.
Right here is where I will say that the rest of this post will be mostly directed at Christians. While others may get something out of this, I wanted to be upfront with anyone reading this as to where it's going. I won't feel bad if you stop reading here. Remember, you've been warned! I may get preachy!
I've watched in curious amazement with how Donald Trump has been successful in his bid for the President of the United States. Here's a guy that's pretty brash, says what he wants, is not afraid to offend anyone and frankly, can be kind of rude. While he's not my first choice, nor was he my second choice, I've noticed something that his presence in the race has done. It has brought strife into all circles of life, but here I'm concentrating on the Christian circle.
Strife if defined as "Bitter, sometimes violent conflict or dissension; An act of contention. Fight, Struggle". What better way for Satan to get at Christians than a good political battle! While I firmly believe a Godly man would be good for our Country, I also don't think a non-Godly man need be terrible for our Country. Now please know that I am not blaming Mr. Trump for the strife I see. While some reading this would willingly point their finger at him saying it's his fault, I disagree with this contention. We've been heading down this path for years. His appearing merely brought it more to fruition.
In 2 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul wrote "But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will." How many of us can claim that we've been humble and gentle in how we've been acting this political season?
Our problem in this Country is not which candidate to vote for. It has been our blatant disregard of God and His Word. In the last 150 years we've been purposely blocking him out. It's been a long slow process, but We The People have been the ones doing it. Take the Ivy league schools for instance. Did you know that these were all started by Christians? Harvard, Yale, Princeton, all started by Christians and slowly, God was pushed out of those schools and now, God is not accepted on campus. Shoot, you can't hardly bring a mildly conservative speaker on campus!
So fast forward to 2016 and the election process. I am amazed at how many Christians aren't considering God's role in elections. Oh, they think they do. And they are partially correct, however many are omitting His presence in the process. I can't tell you why, but I've been really comfortable through this election cycle. I've had friends coming unglued, but I've just had this undefinable comfort. I'm seeing God at work. I can't quite explain it, but I'm just seeing things through a different set of eyes. I've realized that we've been chasing after a man to fix things in this country when really it's God we need.
There are many who are predicting our doom as a country, and there is some good ammunition for that thought, however we are still a nation with many believers. As a nation, our leaders may not be leading, but many Christian organizations are still putting missionaries out into the field. There are still many that are preaching to the world. God will not overlook that in my opinion. Yes, as a country we need to be on our knees, but God told us that He would not leave us or forsake us. I'm standing on that today.