Many years ago I was a young idealist.
By many years I mean high school.
By young I mean too young to vote.
By idealist I mean I thought that one person could fix the country.
I had hope in our system! I loved the political process. I knew the truth! I was going to school and going to get my degree and become a politician. Unfortunately I don't look good in lady suits or pant suits. I also figured out that it's not all it's cracked up to be. I have remained informed. I have remained faithful to those who can't speak for themselves in politics (namely the unborn). But my hand in making the world better stops short in the political realm. There's only so much legislation to be written. There are only so many elections. I figured a much better way is to become the church that God wants us to be. Presidents aren't going to hold office and clean up this mess. I can promise you that. It's so very important to be informed and not be fooled by slick politicians. It's important to know your faith so you can know your politics.
There are certain issues that I struggle with for personal reasons. I know how Jacob felt the morning after he woke up from wrestling with God. My life is a constant reminder of our changing times. Yes. I'm remaining vague on purpose for the sake of privacy.
When it gets to be too much one way or the other (Obama Kool-Aid? Yes. Everyone seems to have brought their Big Gulp cups without thinking twice. Angry Republicans? Yes. There's a YES on 8 sign on the way to Target that says GOD's WRATH! That gave me the stomach ache!), I go to this verse:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of our LORD our God.
Enjoy our freedom to vote. Enjoy your voice being heard. Thank God we live here. (Not in a cheesy country song way either).
Find balance in how you change the world. I haven't really heard about either party heading down to Mexico to help a needy family over Thanksgiving weekend. I have however heard about Youth Groups doing that. Keep that in mind. Our power and hope has nothing to do with the White House or the Propositions.
Perhaps I could say this:
Some trust in Donkeys and some in Elephants.
But we trust in the name of our LORD our God.
Be above the fray of the process but always partake of our right to vote.
Enjoy election day.