Well the election is over. For better or for worse Barack Obama is our president for 4 more years. Many people are stating their opinion on social media about where they think our country is headed. I’ve seen posts ranging from, the downfall of life as we know it, to people thrilled about the next four years. I have my opinion as well which I will keep to myself but one thing is for sure we will never have a savior up on Capital Hill.
One of my favorite artists Derek Webb sings a song in the video link above that states, “we will never have a savior up on capital hill”. We all hope for change and growth in this country, but ultimately it will never come from who we elect. We the people must decide to be the change. And when I say change I don’t mean having a set of political ideals. Real change happens when we start caring for our neighbors. When we lay down our own ideals and agendas for the sake others. If you want to see a difference in our country it doesn’t start or finish with elected officials. The buck ultimately starts and stops with us. We are the hope and change the world is waiting for. My problems will not be solved by a political party. My situation will not be changed by relying on one either.
My ultimate civic duty is not to vote but to serve my neighbors. To find ways to make their lives better. Real hope and change come from a King and his Kingdom. Our first Allegiance must not be to a flag, a country, or a man, but to a King and a Kingdom.
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Our nation seems as divided as I have ever seen it this morning. Our leader for the next 4 years elected by just over 1%. That simply means this nation is split on economy, welfare, religious freedoms, abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, abortion, citizenship and dare I say, a growing racial divide.
Regardless of who was elected, “IF” you follow Christ, we should pray for our leaders. We don’t
have to agree or support certain policies. But we should pray for our leaders and ask God that at the end of the day HIS will is done.
But as we ASK in prayer, man must also YIELD to God and give God the right away in our lives. Thus we have a active part to play. When we don’t, we crash in life in various ways. All of us. Give God the right away in our lives today.
It is easy to become discouraged at the divide our nation has had based on two parties, two candidates, CNN vs Fox. Let’s face it, it has been ugly, mean, slanderous, untrue, and cut throat for many months. I pray that WE don’t take our cues from our candidates.
May we not speak badly of those with a different view. May we not spread lies, gloat, tear down with our words or posts. I had plans on following Christ this morning regardless of what mortal man was elected. Therefore, why don’t we follow the cues of the truest leader there ever was, is or will be? The one who said this in Matthew 22:35-41
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus hung out with lepers, the poor, the sick, tax collectors and so forth. What would these next 4 years look like if those of us who claim to follow Christ lived the way He calls us to? Forget Romney, Obama. IF we as a nation became as passionate about Jesus as our candidate/leader, these next 4 years could be amazing. The big word there is “IF”. “IF” we follow his responses found in Matthew when he was being tested.
Our economy may get better or it may tank by 2016. Who knows? But I pray that our Nation will actually become ONE Nation under the one true GOD in a greater way by 2016.
Mark thanks for your thoughtful post. It is a breathe of fresh air to hear your perspective as opposed to most of what I am reading. I too believe the next 4 years can be amazing if we follow Jesus’ response. I was trying to write a blog post free from party bias that encouraged us to love our neighbor instead of focusing on things which make little to no difference. Your post helped clarify some of my own thoughts about the issue, so thanks.
Will, your words were said very well. I love everything that you wrote. It is all very true.