Monday, January 25, 2016

What will happen over the next several weeks?

Proverbs 18:2

"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."

I am sure that you are like me in some measure.  Worried about what is about to happen over the next several weeks.

By March we will have begun a process where we are electing our next leader.  Now, obviously God is bigger than American politics, but there is reason to worry as the Bible defines foolishness:

* A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. (Prov 29:11)
A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. (Prov 18:6)
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. (Prov 28:26)

Several of the candidates fit these descriptions - and most likely one in particular.

So how do we get ourselves in this mess?  Who picks these people?  What is this mess that we have created?

Scroll through the feeds of any social media over the next few days and see if you don't see a slew of opinions and ideas that worry you - regardless of where you land on the moral or political spectrum.  Thoughts that come from the gut - unreflected and without any regard to the complexity of humanity.  "I'm right and anyone who disagrees is an idiot."   Sad.  I wonder if what we see happening over the next several weeks is a snapshot of who we are.  Our leaders are us.  We get what we deserve.

Which is especially why we need to be praying more and more for our future - as a people.  We have moved beyond the scope of politics - we need to be praying that God delivers us from ourselves.

And what if He doesn't?

What if we get exactly what we have asked for?  God, the perfect gentleman, allows us to have everything we want.

What then?

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