07 Nov

The Final Countdown (a “Been Thinking” post)

Sorry this is so late… life happens!

Tomorrow is the end of the bad dream that has been the election season in the United States. Praise the Lord, right? In all my 63 years, most of which I have participated in the process, I have never seen a more contentious, ugly, and negative representation of “We, the people”!!! That’s saying quite a bit because I’ve seen some pretty nasty stuff.

That being said, I hope you engaged, or will engage tomorrow. You registered, right? IMHO if you’re sitting this one out, or just never bothered-you have no room to complain!

Some time ago, at the beginning of the (too long) process, I wrote about what I thought Jesus might do regarding this awesome responsibility we have as employers of those who govern us. I went through some of the characteristics that Jesus mentioned in what is of called the BE-attitudes ( Matthew 5:1–12). These are also the traits I am basing my choices on, whether for president or the local school board election.

I was watching “60 Minutes” last night (full disclosure-hubby works in a technical capacity on that show for CBS) where one piece was about a pollster conducting a focus group with a mix of voters. About half way through I had to stop as the demeanor of those gathered quickly melted from civility to an angry mini-mob. Truthfully, I was near tears as this slice of Americana was so disturbing.

As a follower of Jesus, I’ve prayed a LOT the last week. I stopped commenting or posting on Facebook because of all the hostility. Even threats of uprisings and violent revolution! Plainly, I sought guidance about what the Word says…
In Romans 13:1-7  Paul taught that God had instituted human government as a restraining power, an agent of justice to bring punishment to wrongdoers. This is no blanket endorsement of every and any form of human government. It is, however, an astute observation. Any state, for its own self-interest, must be concerned with morality and moral order! If citizens lied and stole and murdered one another, the state would fall to enemies from outside or to corruption from within. Thus human government, for its own sake and not out of respect for God, serves as God’s agent in enforcing basic morality.
Christians are to recognize that the state (human government) has been ordained by God, and are to respect it as a divinely intended institution. Out of respect for God we are to pay taxes, show respect for those who govern, and in other ways be good citizens of the countries in which we live. (Richards, Larry, and Lawrence O. Richards. The Teacher’s Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1987.)

In our own day, we have people who teach riot and rebellion in the name of Christ! They would have us believe that the Christian thing to do is to disobey the law, rebel against the authorities, and permit every man to do that which is right in his own eyes. (Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996.)

Based on the two passages mentioned (Matthew 5:1-12 and Rom. 13:1-7 ) I have made a conscious decision to vote for Hillary Clinton. My reasons? First, experience. Next, IMHO I believe she’s been the most scrutinized candidate EVER ….and while some claims may have a hint of truth, I genuinely believe she has the best interests of my country at heart. The other candidate? I have heard words out of his mouth that debase a wide variety of the populace (Hispanics, Muslims, the disabled, and of course, 1/2 the population-women) while Mrs. Clinton has dedicated much of her life to public service and yes, even stuck it out with an adulterous husband, Mr. Trump has innumerably more scandals, law suits, bankruptcies and marriages. He has despised any scrutiny attempted (first candidate in recent history to refuse to show his tax returns), while at the same time making a number of unfounded accusations against anyone who says anything about these things.

I suppose I could go on all night about why I think she’s the better candidate but I won’t. Ultimately, while I do believe (and hope and pray) she’ll be the victor, I trust God will, as Paul said, select the perfect candidate.

One last thing… my home church, LifeChurch, has showcased a message series on precisely this.  I hope you’ll check all of them out! Previous messages can be viewed by clicking here and Part 3 can be viewed anytime at http://live.life.church .

I was planning on doing something else but thought I’d share something we all need as Election Day arrives. So- Go to the Abiding Ways Facebook Page, join for access, then go to the FILES section.


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05 Nov

CHANGE…be careful what you pray for!

This is my first post in way too long (3 months or so???!!!) due to “Lemony Snicket” syndrome aka a series of unfortunate events.

Soon after my last post we had a power outage ultimately due to a squirrel with an appetite for wiring, so it’s been reported. The next day I booted up my trusty desktop and well, it didn’t! If you’re familiar with POST codes, I got the one that says the motherboard is cooked. UGH.

I tried for a few days to get it back up-even praying over it a few times but it appears to have gone to be with Jesus :)! So, just about then we got a Dell sales flyer and from there I ordered and 2 weeks later was up and running.

If you’ve ever gotten a new computer you know the agony and ecstasy of having a super-fast machine and the tiresome and grueling task of re-loading all your favorite programs, deleting all the “freeware” that you know you’ll never use, as well as configurations for logins, network, email, etc. THAT took about a week or so and truthfully, I still am not satisfied with everything and have yet to connect my old hard-drive to transfer files. Thankfully, most documents were on an external drive so I didn’t lose too much.

OK so, that takes us into September… and a pesty-type home invasion on multiple fronts. This required some major moving of STUFF so that the issues could be dealt with. An ordeal of massive proportions for us – as we have a LOT of STUFF!

The problem has been thankfully, hopefully resolved as of yesterday! A lot of that STUFF still hasn’t found a place but I’m working on it and it is exhausting. You see, for weeks/months/years I’ve been praying for the motivation to change and adopt a minimalist lifestyle… getting rid of a lot of that STUFF! Well, here I am and still doing it a room/corner/space at a time. Talk about motivation! So, due to all these difficult times I AM more motivated to get this done once and for all. God is good ALL the time, even when it seems like He’s not around to help : )!

Now, a brief thought on this United States presidential election…
So often when I ask why someone is voting for the lesser experienced and definitely unqualified candidate, I hear “we need a change”. I’ll be the first to admit that both candidates have issues but really… one had an email server that has been the most investigated system in U.S. history and the candidate has been scrutinized more than any other I’ve ever seen (for about the last 30 years!). The other candidate isn’t even honest enough to do something that every modern day candidate HAS done-release tax returns. Needless to say, he’s also used (abused) the system for personal gain, bribed others to get investigations and lawsuits dismissed, and I’m sorry, but this candidate makes any “lies” the other might have done look very insignificant. And right now, he’s been civilly accused of rape, fraud and even running a “modeling agency”. So I must ask—what change do you want people?

Sadly, little about proposed POLICIES has been discussed in this election fraught with insults, bigotry, and really torn the concept of democracy to shreds as even the FBI has been suspected of “rigging” the election.

Yes, I get it, people are hurting economically. But many also say they have hope. In the meantime I hear some ridiculous silence when it comes to how one of the candidates will help. No solutions, just I got the greatest plans, I am [the best, the greatest, only hope]. So, I invite you to review the issues and their proposals, if you haven’t already, then VOTE knowing you’re an informed person and not just wanting a change-any change.  As the title of this post says “be careful what you pray for!”

I hope you will do your own research, and not just oh, that sounds good… ask the how, when, and is that realistic… ok

To read about Hillary Clinton’s proposals click here
For Trump … here

I will hopefully return on Monday with that “special” thing I promised ages ago… stay tuned.

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