This IS Us

All kinds of people have said in the last 24 hours, as so many good people have tried to say in other dark hours, “This is not who we are.” With all due respect, with the events of January 6, 2021 etched in our brains, this IS us. It is who we are because we keep repeating it.

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On election day…

It’s a nervous day. I’m a political junkie. From the time the first polls close, I’m pretty much glued to the TV. This will be a night I need to go to bed at a normal hour because I don’t think this is going to be called tonight, especially with nearly 100 million ballots being cast early.

Regardless…

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Before the election…

The longer I live, the more I realize that we simply don’t know who we truly are until we’re tested. We can vocalize our beliefs all day long, but when living those beliefs is hard—when upholding our principles carries a cost—that’s when we learn what we truly value. — David French

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The election

The election is just days away.

A prayer:

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide and direct, we humbly pray, the minds of all those who are called to elect fit persons to serve in our government. Grant that in the exercise of our choice we may promote your glory, and the welfare of this nation. This we ask for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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This election and our anger

This election need not divide us, especially as the people of God. As believers, we should not cave to fear tactics (though we do almost every election cycle). As David French puts it, we need to take the deep breath before this plunge.

Given that we know who controls the destiny of our nation and the fate of its people, do we not more fully understand Paul’s admonition in 2 Timothy 1:7—“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Understanding God’s sovereignty is not to surrender fatalism. We have our role to play in God’s plan, and seeking justice is the eternal command for every living generation. But understanding God’s sovereignty should be an antidote to fear—just as God’s commands to love our enemies and to bless those who persecute us should be an antidote to fury and hate. 

And so we must ask ourselves. In the coming weeks, which voice will we hear the loudest, the one who says “they” are coming for you? Or the one who reminds us that the Good Shepherd takes care of his sheep?  

This is an excellent piece you can read fully HERE.

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Politics and exhaustion

“People in the exhausted camp are tired of having politics thrust in their face every hour. As Ryan Streeter of the American Enterprise Institute has found, young people who are “lonely at least once in a while” are more than seven times more likely to be active in politics than those who are socially active. Those who are exhausted have other things to do. They want to restore politics to its rightful place, and find meaning, attachment, entertainment and morality in something else besides Twitter wars and election campaigns.”

I am squarely in the second camp. My election wish is to restore sanity.

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