Tuesday, November 11, 2008

These are the times that free men's souls

Yes, like many an amatuer blogger, I have fallen behind yet again. I will not bore the reader with the reasons for my delay, but will instead jump right into my entry for today.

The recent election has been on the hearts, minds and lips of the world for nearly two years. I apologize for being among the number keeping the spirit of discontent alive. However, I hope to assuade the dejection of those who were upset by the outcome.

There are no shortage of naysayers out there and of course there are even more singing the praises of our newly elected President. I myself had a pretty strong feeling that the current situation is where we would end up. The only suprising thing for me was that I was not dismayed on the morning of November 5, 2008.

Yes, a controversial yet popular political leader has risen to power. Yes, a liberal congress has grabbed the reins of the most powerful country in the world. So what! That is what I have to say.

I don't say this due to any cynical or dejected mentality. What the election results did to my mind was free it to accept and embrace the promises of the gospel. Recent sermons and conferences have persuaded me to believe that peace and prosperity is not the hot-bed of religious reform.

Sure, it is nice to have a comfy, cozy place to go to bed at night and to wake again in the same cradle of security. But...when things go bad, who do we turn to? As I look back at my life, and the lives of countless Americans, it has not been the King of Kings. We have absolutely relied to heavily upon the promises of politicians and processes to further our cause. We have turned away from where our true hope lies.

So what if we lose our jobs, our homes, our cars. It would certainly be uncomfortable, but then again, which of the apostles had any of these things? Is it so amazing that they too were happy without a mortgage and a paycheck to pay it with?

I will leave the reader now with two verses from the Old Testament and hope that they will speak what my feeble mind is unable to convey at this point.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!

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