Hot Topic: Inauguration Day

Our nation is extremely divided along many lines:  economically, politically, socially, in morals and loads more.  And tomorrow’s Inauguration is a reflection of these divisions.  I’ve been thinking and praying about this for quite some time, asking God for perspective, wisdom and compassion.  In my prayers, I was reminded of the bloody transition in 2 Samuel from the house of Saul to David.  This transition took many years and was not just a little tulmutuous.  Then I also remembered reading Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  I was deeply moved by his words & would strongly encourage you to read this

very powerful, insightful and sobering speech.

Let’s be sure to pray these points every day:

  • pray that our nation would experience an outpouring of genuine Jesus!
  • pray for our new President, based on 1 Timothy 2:2
  • pray for yourself to know Jesus’ love for you & to let that flow from you without flaws or distortions

Be sure to share this with your friends by email, FB, etc 🙂

Civil Discord

I appreciate that “civil” is the adjective used to describe discord. Unfortunately, it seems like the discord in the US, at the moment, is uncivil & hostile.

This challenges me to think about one of Jesus’ beatitudes where He says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

If we are genuine followers of Jesus, then let’s endeavor to let our actions & words generate peace rather than hostile division. May we more firmly adhere to following Jesus than letting our flesh facilitate hostile discord 🙂

Hot Topic: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, et al.

Clearly, this year’s presidential race has generated heaps of attention, angst, journalism opportunities and raised eyebrows.  The tumultuous run-offs between Ted Cruz versus Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders have encouraged me to pray more than I ever have for this year’s election.

Regardless of your political persuasions, let’s be sure that we keep our prayer level higher than our worry level.  Let’s remember that God is in control more than any man or woman.  Let’s be certain that we do three things that mark us as followers of Jesus, based on John 13:35:

  • love God
  • love people
  • love ourselves

Loving well is letting the Holy Spirit pour God’s love into our hearts, moment by moment & day by day 🙂

Politicians, Elections & Voting

I’ve been watching the political situation in America & clearly there are some conflicting opinions, beliefs & methods. It seems that our our country is sharply divided & there’s more than enough hostility in this election year.

As a follower of Jesus, it’s disappointing to see so many believers put such faith & focus on politics. 
From my perspective, there are some important axioms to keep in mind for each of us who desire to follow Jesus:

  • Politics has never changed the human heart – at its best, it’s a bandaid for the sinful human condition 
  • Let’s be sure our behavior & words match our faith in Jesus otherwise we run the risk of becoming hypocrites
  • Pray – 1Tim 2:1-3 tells us to pray for those who are in authority. Let’s pray more than we worry or complain

Election seasons don’t exempt us from being faith-filled & faithful to Christ 🙂

What Trumps Judgment?

 

I’ve been around the church world for most of my life, so I’ve met some very interesting people, seen unusual things and experienced a plethora of human and supernatural events.  Many people in the church world are nothing less than pure pleasure and altogether phenomenal.  Some people, not so much and that’s the rub.

It seems that we want Christians to be consistently kind, loving and prefect.  When we get to heaven, I’m sure our flaws and foibles will be smoothed out, along with our dysfunctions, shortfalls and sins.  In the meantime, how should we deal with being judgmental, hostility & intolerance, not only in the church, but also in the world where we live?

This morning, I read James 2:15 and the end of the verse was a sobering confrontation for me in how I deal with the judgmental stuff:  Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Of course I want all the mercy I can get, but I would be wise to be liberal with mercy because judgment has a way of coming back like an abrasive and hurtful boomerang 🙂

Some food for thought in the middle of our week 🙂

A Good Future

I purposely have stayed away from watching the current political debacles, attempting to regulate my emotional inputs. Having read some of the news this morning from last nights exchange, I’m glad we had company come for dinner 🙂
With that being said, I’m choosing to pray & trust God for the future. Somewhere in the Bible, there’s lots of good stuff about trusting God more than trusting in humans. It seems to me that politics would be a healthy place to practice this so I can be more proficient with trusting God in other places. 

Not only do I want trust God better for the future, but I want to get better at trusting God for when my kids start to drive, doing some heavy lifting with Saving Moses & our nightcare work, with my new book Heavenly Help & a host of other things. 

I’m trusting God with the future because I know that God will be there when I get there ,)

Hot Topic: Donald Trump & the 2016 Election

Politics is a hot spot for many people. Everyone seems to get really lit up about who to vote for, what the candidates say or don’t say, the future of our country, moral underpinnings & HEAPS more. For his part, Donald Trump, has certainly escalated the emotional tone & conflict potential for our upcoming national election. 
My concern for those of us who follow Jesus has many facets:

  • I’m concerned that we will watch & listen to the candidates more than we pray for the election
  • I’m concerned that we allow politics to divide us more than we allow Jesus’ love to unite us
  • I’m concerned that we are deceived to think that human politics can resolve the broken & fallen nature of the human heart

Whether you like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bernie or whoever, let’s make the commitment to pray for our country & its leadership more than we worry or complain 🙂

Hot Topic: GOP Debate & the Presidential Election

Last night, the Republican Party held a national debate.  We heard many ideas and opinions about what the Presidential leadership for the US could look like from several candidates.  Some of the ideas expressed last night were thought provoking and some of the ideas felt naive at best.  Whatever you political beliefs or hopes are, let’s keep in mind a few important essentials:

  • prayer:  1 Tim 2:1-4 says that we should pray for our leaders;  let’s make sure that we endeavor to pray for our government and it’s leaders more than we complain or worry about this topic
  • focus:  Prov 21:1 says that the heart of a king is in God’s hands, so let’s trust that ultimately, God is sovereign
  • peacable living:  in Rom 12:18, Paul tells us to live at peace with each other, as much as possible;  with the upcoming elections, it could be very easy to be offensive or be offended by the various political positions across our nation;  let’s be respectful and prayerful
  • love well:  Jesus tells us in John 13:35 that people will recognize we are His followers by our love for one another, so let’s be committed to love well 🙂

Hot Topic: The Mote with the Vote

Today is Election Day in the US & millions of people will be turning out to make sure their opinions are accounted for in our political system. This voting season has been very contentious, particularly if you’re from a hotly contested state – lots of political adds, FB feeds, emails & more than enough mudslinging to chink a plethora of log cabins ,)
Jesus talked about removing the mote (log) in ones eye before trying to help someone who has a splinter. The context of Jesus’ mote, log, splinter discussion is smack in the middle of Jesus instructing us to be less judgmental & to pay more attention to our own shortcomings before we get on a mission to accuse others of their downfalls. No matter if you’re a Democrat, Independent, Republican, Tea Party, Green, Disgruntled, etc, there’s plenty of spaces & topics in our own political thinking for improvement, so be sure to watch for your own mote & get out to vote ,)

hot topic: Obama

Ah, the delightful quagmire of politics – such an opportunity for some very heated & lively conversation, even debate!  It seems to me, that President Obama has his fair share of proponents and opponents with each side being vehemently and passionately engaged to further their opinion, reference the recent State of the Union address and O’Reilly’s interview with the President before the Super Bowl.

Politics can create some extreme controversy & when I read the Gospels, it seems like many people tried to force Jesus to engage in political dialogue and controversy.  Thanksfully, Jesus is bigger than human politics and remains sovereign regardless of our political situations, government successes or shortcomings and human weaknesses.  In my thinking, Jesus solves our heart problems so that we can be healthy humans for constructive living.  Let’s be sure that we are keeping our eyes on Jesus for our solutions, provisions and decisions 🙂

patriotism & Jesus

Can you say, “whew!”  The election saga, with the help of Jesus, will be resolved today.  While I’m not much of a “politico”, I am patriotic.  We live in a fantastic country with tremendous blessings.  On this day, let us celebrate our nation, the privilege to vote, the freedoms of speech and religion along with innumerable blessings. Let us also keep in mind God’s imperative to pray for the leaders of our nation.  Regardless of who wins or loses on this day, I am an American today, tomorrow, next month . . . .  I love our country & pray that your love for this nation exceeds any political celebrations or disappointments that may result from this day.  Moreso, I pray that our love for God translates with great clarity into love for people.