“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent…” Proverbs 15:1-33
I have never in my life seen such polarization and negativity in this country. There is a strong critical spirit in this land. The vulgar discourse, the recriminations, the violence the “I am right, you are wrong attitude” is playing right into the hands of the author of chaos and the progenitor of a spirit of blindness. The media, Satan’s little minions, has fed this monster and I have taken the decision to block all of the noise from my view, my mind and heart. It only feeds my fear, disdain and frustration. In watching the US election returns, I had such a pit in my stomach because I knew that the result, no matter what it was, would further damage the unity of the UNITED States. The very essence of a functional society is the ability to respectfully discuss our differences so that resolution and healing can begin. Shouting down each other will not resolve anything. Fire meeting fire only makes for a larger conflagration. If we are unwilling to hear well-founded (not hysteria-fed) alternate points of view, we put ourselves and this nation in a very dangerous position.
James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…
As a voting electorate – it seems we were all forced to choose from the lesser of a few bad choices, which is a tragedy in its own right. No matter who you voted for – we all realize – the good news in this is that democracy worked – every voice was heard, every vote was counted. The truth is both candidates had plenty of foibles. More than half of those who voted did so against another candidate, and not for the candidate they preferred. Oh Lord, how do we square this? I would be lying to tell you I did not struggle with my decision. I would also be lying to say that I could align with either candidate…because I can’t. I consider myself an independent thinker – I broke with party affiliations years ago – so like many others, I spent a lot of time in prayer, evaluated what was at risk – plugged my nose, and voted….and here we are. I am as surprised as anyone else. But, that doesn’t change the the truth…and this is we must remember God’s truth.
Scripture calls us to pray for our leaders, no matter what side of the “aisle” they stand. That is the sign of a person of faith – to put God’s agenda in front of their own. It does not matter if we like our leaders or not…as God is clear that He holds the hearts of the Kings in His Hands. Is not our God a Sovereign God and He foreknew what this outcome was to be?
Do you trust God? Then Pray over this.
Do you love this country? Then Pray for it.
Do you want a strong America? Then Pray for humility, wisdom and discernment for ALL its leaders.
Do you want Peace in America? Then Pray for ALL of us.
Be part of the SOLUTION – do not be part of the PROBLEM. This land is your land – this land is my land…and if we do not submit all of this and us to Him- our land – our very country WILL NOT survive such division…
So I beg of you – do not lose site – we are all Americans and it is not the Lord’s will that division, anger and unrest exist in a nation that was His IDEA. We must stop evaluating each other based on the labels – which are a stigma – that are put on us: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Green Party, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Muslims, White, LGBT, Millennials, women, men, Evangelicals, Jews, Catholics….etc. etc. People – listen up! We must close our mouths, open our ears and eyes, and see our neighbour, friends or even family members as the way we want to be seen. Do not presume you know the what or the why someone made the decision they made….Choose to LEAD WITH OUR HEARTS FIRST….FOLLOW WITH OUR HEADS, and put the emotional hysteria aside.
We are all Americans. We were all created by God. Only UNITED can we stand, because if we continue this way – DIVIDED WE WILL FALL. Let’s start there and move forward as a country ON OUR KNEES.