Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Hope for Change is in Jesus

It is 11:52 p.m.  I cannot sleep, for many reasons, all of them rooted in the results of the election.  If you are a follower of my blog, I thank you for kind support.  However, of all of the pages on Sole Searching, perhaps the most important, yet most neglected (by me) is the Faith page.  My desire for the Faith column is that it be a encouraging, supportive and unifying for Christian readers and inspiring for those being called to the Christian life.  Unfortunately, I am ashamed to admit that, for the sake of appeal, it has been a bit watered down.

After last night's election outcome, this can no longer be.  Blatant deceptions, atrocities, and abuses of power by our nation's leaders cannot be ignored, discounted, nor underestimated.  They must be countered with truths couched in fortitude and grit.  Why? Because our nation was founded on Christian principles, and it is my duty as a Patriot and my privilege as a Christian to uphold these principles. Christianity isn't sunshine, rainbows and unicorns.  It isn't let's hold hands and sing kumbaya - especially when gospel interpretations don't jive with the message of and the person of Jesus Christ. If this measly little blog has any substance at all it should be found on this page first and foremost.  If such substance sends people toward the exit door, then so be it.  At least it represents something objectively true and not something contrived for the sake of popularity or approval.  After all, our Lord never asked for, nor sought those things, so I at least owe Him the integrity of my words if I am to call myself Christian.
After a long hour of prayer, I still could not sleep, so I thought I'd sit for a while a catch up with a few of my favorite bloggers.  One, in particular, by the name of Jenna at Call Her Happy, wrote a reflection on the election that perfectly summarized my current state of heart and mind.  Her message begins:

This is going to be a hard four years for me, for our country, for our world. I pray for all of those who voted for Obama in the name of progress. Lord, they do not know what they have done. I pray for our President, despite my distaste for all he stands for. I am so sad for my daughter. I wish there was another world I could raise her in. I wish I could do better for her. I weep for the world she must grow up in. It is so hard to love your child so much and know that she must face a country that feels it is so much smarter than Jesus Christ. I can only pray that she falls into a group of friends that support her in following the only true path to eternal salvation.

10 comments:

  1. I cried when I read your post. I am so grateful that you have remained so open to the Holy Spirit's promptings. We become hardened and turned so easily. I awakened this morning with a feeling of sadness but a certain spiritual energy. God calls His saints in all times. May it please God that we will stand in those ranks.

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  2. God is in control, all the time, and He is good, all the time. Thank you for your post.

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  3. This is a really good post Susan. I got up at 4 AM and cried when I heard about the election results. Not just because of the presidential election, but because marriage has been redefined in our state. I grieve what our nation will be for my boys, if my husband will have a job in a few years, thanks to the HHS mandate, and what has happened to morality in our nation. Ultimately, I have to put my trust in HIM. Not matter what happens and what may come, HE is in control.

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  4. There are so many thoughts and emotions going through me today, I can't even try to put them into words. Reading wonderful posts like this helps. Thank you.

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  5. may His grace sustain you and many others (including myself) as we seek to live the radical call of the gospel.
    Ad Jesum per Mariam!

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  6. I think you may like this blog if you haven't found it already:
    http://rsbias682.wordpress.com/
    It's not mine, but it is a blog of faith and joy.

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  7. I found your blog via the Mommy Brain Mixer link party. I am now following along =) I found this post especially interesting and I hope that you will take another Christians point of view to heart.

    I voted for Obama and I am a Christian. It is indeed possible to be both. I voted based on equality for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation because I know that it is not my place to judge these people, and it is certainly not my place to withhold any rights from them that I have myself. Instead of judging them, I pray for them.

    I voted for Obama to protect the poor and the middle class. To protect the senior citizens and the children who need this country the most. Let me take you to parts of Eastern Kentucky that have been destroyed by cooperate American. I did it to protect this country from being impoverished by the rich.

    I voted for Obama, because I know he too is a Christian and I have faith that he is turning to God in every decision that he makes. I believe that he had the interest of the majority in his heart. As Christians aren't we supposed to extend a hand to those in need or who have turned away from God? I am guilty of this more than anyone, but it is something that this election has opened my eyes to.

    I have been deeply hurt by the comments that people have made towards me this election as an Obama supporter. I have been called everything, but the thing that hurts me the most is that people are saying I am less of a Christian than them. It does not make me less of a Christian than you or anyone else. We all sin, none of us are perfect.

    You can read more about how I feel at this blog post:
    http://woodsfamilyofthree.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-pray-for-you.html

    I hope I have not offended, but I have been called to defend, not only myself, but every other Christian out there that voted for Obama and has been hurt by comments such as these. The awesome thing about America is everyone has the right to THEIR vote.

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  8. I am so glad that some of my words were able to help a tiny bit. I am also excited to poke around your blog a bit more :)

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