“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.” ~Deuteronomy 28:1
This quiet early morning finds me in Israel, 7,500 miles away from home and the craziness of election day and which I couldn’t be happier about.
To say it’s been a tumultuous year in American politics is an understatement. Bizarre, wildly unexpected and insane are more what come to mind. Some guilty pleasures involved too, as witnessing the rotted, status quo leadership of both parties finally realize it’s they themselves that the people with pitchforks are coming for has offered some deliciously satisfying moments.
Mostly though it’s been a depressing year of reminders that the majority of Americans do not want smaller government in their lives (both Republicans and Democrats), are more fractured than ever in their political views and increasingly susceptible to emotional manipulation by politicians eager to exploit personal hardships for votes.
The election will resolve none of this. Some very tough times lay ahead as ObamaCare continues to unravel, our ruinous national debt bills come due , and Iran, Russia and China become more prevalent on the world stage and hostile to U.S. interests. Oh, there’s that Islmaofascist terrorism thing too.
It will be difficult for a people divided and fighting amongst themselves to face these challenges and it’s a sure bet our political leadership will feed off that and continue their demagoguery ways for the betterment of themselves over what’s right for the country.
Yup America has some dark corners waiting to be turned but there is something much more going on which brings me hope. The events happening now are part of a much bigger plan unfolding; the tectonic plate shifting merely the master chess player moving pieces in to place. God has a plan that’s playing itself out and whether we rise or fall is not in our power.
Spending time here in Jerusalem has reminded me of this. It’s where God started it all and where His people continually repeated the cycle of rejecting Him and coming back, over and over and over again through much suffering. Renewal always came though for those that came back and focused on far greater things.
Yes, we we are a divided people right now, but we are called to a higher purpose. Fix your eyes on what’s important; your faith, relationships with family and friends, obeying the call to action when needed and all the pieces will eventually fall in to place.