I’ve been working on a book for the last few months. Its about eternal truth and how what we believe effects how we live. Even though it’s been a slow go of writing (I’m a bit of a lazy butt when it comes to just sitting down and writing). And, yet, I find myself checking my thoughts and my words at the most random times.
This is new to me. I’d always figured my ranting about life in general was part of my “verbal processing” personality.
Maybe, maybe not.
Thing is, if what we say in our “processing” is not clarified within the boundaries of eternal truth, we may just be setting up ourselves and people around us to embrace a lie.
Now don’t get all pious on me. We all spout off now and again.
Take the U.S. election for example. I live in Canada but I was born and raised in the United States. I know how inflammatory election rhetoric can be – not just from the candidates but in everyday conversations of ordinary citizens.
Election 2016 election is like no other. The discussions are fierce and the dividing lines cut deep. People are frustrated, angry and scared.
And, sad to say, lies have made themselves at home in every corner of the debate.
“This election will determine wether America will be great or not.”
“If America ceases to be great, we will all suffer”
“If we suffer, what will become of us?”
Pretty scary stuff for adults, much more for kids. They are just forming their view of the world. Imagine their takeaway from listening to the adults around them.
But the truth is….
God is sovereign. Not Democrat, Republican or independent. He is more concerned about the condition of our hearts than he is in party agenda. No matter what way the election goes God will use it to humble us, to draw us closer to Himself, to teach us to trust Him.
His existence is not threatened by the outcome of the election. Fact check- He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent.
This is what our kids need to hear.
God is in control. He will take care of us no matter what happens. No matter what.
And, this is what our kids need to see.
Mom and Dad and Pastors and teachers and babysitters and leaders seeking God, not for some political agenda but for God to heal our land and our leaders and our neighbours and our friends and strangers we see on the street.
Sorry Nationalists. Eternal truth is global. We are to love and to reach out to the world with the gospel of God’s love.
On the other hand, it is also national. The ties that strengthen this nation will not come through one leader, no matter how charactered, powerful or wise that leader may be. It will come through the moral courage and compassion of individuals, loving families and communities of faith that reach out and embrace to those who have no family, community or faith.
We may not be able to sway an election with one vote. But, we can change the world one honest and loving relationship at a time.
Yes, you can verbally process (if you are like me), but make sure your processing is based on truth, eternal truth. The kind of truth that heals and transforms hearts and not just promotes a political view.
God’s not dead.
He is alive and well on planet earth. All the earth and every nation. Pretty heady stuff.
Talk like it, act like it. Live it in front of your kids.