Wednesday, November 7, 2012

For such a time as...Politics?

During this election cycle I decided I wouldn't engage in the ongoing political discussion on Facebook  but after seeing some of the posts today I feel compelled to respond. It deeply saddens me to see fellow Christians doubting the sovereignty of God because of the outcome of this election. We were never promised everything would work out for us. Think back for a second to the Israelites...was everything all hunky-dory for them? No! Yes, God brought them out of slavery, but He also led them into captivity. If you believe in a sovereign God then you believe He ordains the "good" stuff along with the "bad" stuff. You can't take one without the other. I think we, as followers of Christ, have a beautiful opportunity (no matter your political affiliation). We have the opportunity to stand up and answer the call God has placed on our lives to reach others for Christ. I heard on the news last night this country is less religious now than before. That's not a political problem y'all! That's a church problem! God called us to go and make disciples of all nations, not a politician. He called us to take care of the poor, the orphaned and the widowed, not a politician.  It doesn't matter who the president is, our calling remains the same.

So I urge you, please do not seek to find an identity in a political candidate (no matter which one), if you are a follower of Christ then your identity is IN Christ! And you can rest assured that God works ALL things for OUR good and HIS glory! Our hope is not in the present but in the future glories God has promised that have yet to be revealed! Our hope is eternal, founded in the One who WAS, IS, and YET to come.

 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:22-25

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