(Originally written on Election Day 2016)
It’s a big day. We, the people, are obsessed with figuring out what to do, who to blame and how we will move forward together when this day ends. Our anger has been fierce, obvious and aimed in so many directions it has made my head spin. The amount of confusing information we have had coming our way — meant to clarify — has been overwhelming. Nonetheless, we have a choice to make today.
Like everyone else, I have an opinion and I have cast my vote; but today, my heart is surprisingly not consumed with election results (although I’m sure about 9:00 tonight, that will change).
Maybe my recent travel to the Middle East changed me more than I realize, because leading up to this historic election I cannot focus on politics. This is new for me. When I participated in mock elections as a kid, I used to try to figure out my own path to the White House. Seriously.
In my early twenties, I was debating myself in the shower and determining the likelihood I could speak my way to a win in the Missouri House, then Senate seat, then Governor, then, yep! I should be on my way to Washington by now.
Ironically, by God’s grace, the current state of my mind and heart are driven by a need to fix my own house not the White House.
I, like most of you, am worried about my kids and their future. But, my obsession has become how to communicate to them that presidents are important, but they don’t dictate how we actually live. We make those choices every day regardless of who occupies capital hill.
How do I help people in my sphere gain a perspective that will change the way they view the political climate and ultimately impact their live s on a real and personal level? I don’t have a perfect answer, but nonetheless, here are some things to ponder today. Maybe this will help entertain your mind between now and final results.
My choice today is to clarify whom the real corrupt, lying, pervert enemy actually is. He is a liar, no doubt, and has likely deceived you. And me. In fact, he is the chief of all liars. He is a pervert in the worst of all ways and his corruption runs so deep we cannot fathom its depth.
He takes things that were and are meant for our good, things that should be meaningful, beautiful and sacred and twists them into the very things that destroy your life, mine and threaten our children’s future.
The emotion of fear, a positive inner force meant to protect you from walking over a cliff, becomes a crippling emotion for which you now have to find a means to cope.
Medicine, meant to serve as an instrument of healing, becomes an addiction to cope with your . . . oh, I don’t know . . . fear?
Relationships, meant to give you support, accountability and earthly companionship, become a source of aggravation and stress.
Marriage, meant to be a picture of the redemptive love of Jesus, becomes a scene of jaded love and a “trap.”
Sex, meant to be the seal of a covenant and a commitment to another person of the opposite sex, becomes a self-centered pleasure that knows no satisfaction.
Children, meant to be a blessing, become a burden.
Work, meant to be a task of fulfillment and purpose, becomes a curse.
Food, meant to nourish the body, becomes an obsession and a thorn in our side.
The body, meant to be a temple, becomes a house of defilement, disease and distress.
A baby becomes a choice.
Freedom becomes bondage.
Shall I continue? Everything originally designed by our Creator in perfection and beauty is broken because of this enemy. What might happen if we, the people, identified him, exposed him— I mean I wish Wikileaks would release some scripture about this or something — and united our efforts against HIM?
He can be identified.
He is Satan. Known as Lucifer or “shining one.” The devil. He is the known enemy of God. And he is real. Don’t think so? Look around for a few minutes. Consider it. It is pretty easy to see that there is good and there is evil.
How do you explain that?
If you think all people are good, look again. If you believe all things are bad, look again. How do you define good and evil? How do you know what is OK and what is not? These are big, important questions. You know it and I know it. The struggle is real. The war is raging.
If you want to be angry, be angry with Satan. His desire is to find you, steal from you, lie to you and destroy you. He will stop at nothing. He will use every tool at his disposal to poison your mind and heart and to lock you into defeat. He will and has lied to you. You have been deceived. If you can’t admit your deceit reading this, then you can know it is true. He will do everything in his power to keep you from the only one who has defeated him.
Want to know why America may never be great? America doesn’t want to acknowledge the evil that exists in us and among us. America does not want to talk about sin or evil. (Unless of course it is the sin of someone we don’t like or don’t want to like, then we just can’t believe how awful he or she is.)
Perhaps YOU do not want to talk about sin. I don’t need to explain to you what sin is. If you speak English well enough to have read this far, you know. Deep down, you know. You have experienced the struggle, the guilt, the pain and the effects for years, as have I.
We will never be “great” until we are willing to agree with God about what sin is and who is guilty. God does not ever wink at sin. Not yours and certainly not mine. He doesn’t brush it under the rug. He doesn’t accept it under some circumstances, and he doesn’t ever agree to it. Rather, God exposes it. He brings it to light and deals with it justly. In fact, he dealt with it fully.
I sincerely pray you know of the cross of Jesus Christ, for it stands alone in history as the event that changes EVERYTHING. The cross holds the key to our real victory.
Jesus, God in the flesh, chose to die for us to satisfy the Father when we could not and to defeat the enemy and his power over us. It is what Jesus did then and continues to do now that reverses the curse and the perversion. He redeems everything and brings real change in the lives of all people who have faith in Him. Our government is meant to restrain evil, but only God himself can defeat it.
Greatness comes through righteousness and righteousness comes only through Christ. Jesus alone takes what is broken by sin and sets it right. He makes it great again!
It’s a miracle and a mystery, but if you observe, you can see Jesus as clearly as you can see the enemy. Consider lives transformed by the power of Jesus. I know it is true, because He has changed me.
So, what do you want? What do you believe? Who do you follow? Who is your choice?
I’m choosing to focus on who the real enemy is. No, scratch that. I’ll not focus on him. I merely choose to identify him. I will fix my eyes, mind and heart on Jesus, for he is the only one and the only way in which America will ever stand a chance at greatness.
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