wo things continue to disturb me about the current Presidential campaign. First, like most Americans, I am deeply troubled that the two candidates are so terribly flawed. I know there has never been a perfect candidate but this campaign is overstating the case. Someone said, “America is a country where anyone can become President and this election proves it!”
Even more troubling to me is that Christian people are so divided over it. Believers are accusing one another of denying the faith and abandoning all sense of reason because they hold to a different opinion as to the proper response on voting day.
Last week I opened four emails in a row urging me to take a Godly stand on the election. Two pleaded with me to use my blog to instruct people why they should vote for Donald Trump: “It’s about the Supreme Court!” The two others insisted that any endorsement of Trump would be an offense to God and would result in evangelical Christians losing all credibility with the world. One on each side contained nasty and inflammatory language.
We all wish this situation was different but it is what it is. Here are six suggestions that may help determine your vote if you’re still undecided; but more importantly I hope they will help us to, “… live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16).
Click below to read the 6 guidelines.
Window Watching by Sonny Childs
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but don’t ever forget, it is the quiet time alone with God that feeds the soul. If you must skip one, skip breakfast.
It has been my custom to get up early each morning and stand before a window to enjoy the sunrise with my Father. The day brightens slowly, then comes the highlight of my morning. The sun slashes through the clouds like streams of light breaking through old cracks in painted glass.
I strain my eyes to look beyond the horizon, between the clouds and into the realm of my Father. That’s when I hear Him say, “Be patient my son. Be strong. One day soon I will call you home. One day soon you will see all I have prepared for you beyond the painted glass.”
Isaiah 26:8-9 (NIV)
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.”
Do you long for the presence of God? Do you anticipate and fascinate about His interaction? When the Creator becomes the desire of the heart the created becomes the joy of the Creator. Take delight in Him and He will delight in you. Know God, know peace.
Some time before church on Sunday, a lady told our song leader that the tune of a certain hymn had been running through her mind and asked if he would lead it during the singing portion of the service. So, he does. The hymn was Open My Eyes, that I May See. Unbeknownst to both of them, the sermon of the day was entitled Open My Eyes and the minister (my dad) had chosen to play a video of a song with the title of Open Our eyes. But then it gets better! Before the hymn was led by the song leader and the title of the sermon revealed, the man heading the Lord’s table quoted Helen Keller as reportedly saying, ” the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” He then said something about needing to have our eyes open.
So, there was no doubt in the minds of anyone paying attention that God absolutely wanted to give us the message of being alert, and our eyes focused on Him.
This is not the first time such things have happened. Praise God for that, and for the little miracles that remind us He is still in control!