Politics and a Better Homeland
While I deeply appreciate the fought-for and elected freedoms this country enjoys, and greatly respect the men and women (and their respective wives/husbands/family/friends who continue to give so that we can enjoy those freedoms), I detest the election season with every fiber of my being.
Never is it more apparent to me that Americans are searching for hope in all the wrong places—an answer to every problem under the sun—in the form of one human being. Time and time again we are disappointed, yet we continue to swallow and promote various political messages in the name of that hope by following, watching, reading, and believing or disbelieving the agendas thrown at us from opposing sides of the media. And we do so until those messages become so convoluted that no one really knows what they are approving. Even if we disagree with one side or another, we often post or link our disapproval directly to whatever message, article, or headline we dislike. And in so doing, we promote and propagate even that of which we disapprove!
When election day arrives in November, I will vote, certainly. I will place my name beside the individual I feel best represents the values I have staked my life on. Just as we all will (I hope. *hint-hint*). And then I will pray for individual— for the difficult and impossible decisions they will have to make; for the sacrifices they will make in both time and relationship; I will pray for grace poured out over them as they face the expectations of a city/county/state/nation.
But not for a second will I believe that this individual will ever be a solution to what ails us. And I refuse to believe or promote tales the media carefully and purposefully spins. And so for these reasons I ask that you would please forgive me if I refuse to comment or 'like' any political or "controversial" material that makes its way to my Facebook wall or appears on my blog roll. I'm not being a bad friend, and it isn't that I don't like you, I promise! It's just that my hope is in the person of Christ alone. Everything else is a temporary fix or an invitation to pick a side and duke it out. (I refuse to get my Caps Lock on over this).
Because, while I'm all about taking care of and trying to restore what is broken, I have set my heart on a far better Kingdom.
"All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." —Heb 11:13-16