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Monday, February 13, 2017

My political post

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. (Psalm 33:4-5 NLT)

With so much changing all around us, at speeds sometimes too great for us to keep up with, it is good to know that God's word will always and consistently hold true - unchanging and totally immovable even though some may try to tell us otherwise. It is not "open for interpretation" as some may attempt to rationalize, nor is it "exclusionary" as others may want to report. It is all-encompassing, consistently relevant, and boundless in application.


John Calvin once said, "A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent." So many times we remain silent when we clearly see God's Word being attacked, blatantly disregarded, and trampled underfoot by those who tout their lack of respect for the One True God. It is probably not that we don't want to respond - it is that we are at a loss of how to respond to such nonsense! 

I have observed many provide one reason or the other supporting their stance on why our government is "doing wrong" or they are "absolutely right" in whatever they are signing into legislation or issuing as an Executive Order on any given day. From each confirmation of official to each controversial action taken, people "take a stand". I'd have to ask - is the stand we are taking "right and true" or is it the "coward's way out"? To sound off on these matters by taking to social media alone, or to raise a fist in violent protest while harming those in their path may very well not be the best way to respond.

Violence begets violence. Hatred only enrages the masses - it does little to change the circumstances. In fact, violence and hurtfulness only increase the "unrest" many souls are experiencing right now. No "wall" will fix our problems. No "appointee" will make all things right again. No "order" will set things in the correct course for dynamic change. What will make the difference is when we take a stand in a way that scripture defines as the only way truth and justice will prevail. What is that stand? We need only turn to 2 Chronicles 7:14:  "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

It isn't the masses who move the head or hand of government - it is God. It isn't the violent protests that change the tide of government or sway the opinions of the officials - it is the humble who pray and seek and turn again to the Only True God, seeking his grace and goodness to restore justice to our land. Just sayin!