Thursday, July 1, 2010

A change in direction

I was planning on posting about assisted suicide today but have changed my direction. (Though I promise to write about what I've learned soon).

I have realized that it is often far to easy to lose sight of the true story - His story. As I walk to the office with the beautiful morning sun glinting off the buildings and the breeze rippling through the flags, I can't help but be reminded of the legacy that's gone on before me: the many brave men and women who have fought for freedom and upheld God's truth. But I also sense that there is a very deep cynicism in DC, because people have lost sight of real reality: God's. What I mean by this is that it seems that politics has become a new god - statistics, polls, probabilities, chances for re-election, a presidential bid, a vote outcome in the House, etc, etc, etc and even a Supreme Court Justice nominee decision. 

You might have been following Kagan's hearings this week - and some very startling news has surfaced. She is so unabashedly biased towards a pro-death agenda that during the Clinton administration she managed to have a major medical group – the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - change their findings in their conclusion on partial birth abortion because the findings would have been "disastrous" for the cause.
Many of us were talking in the office a few days ago about this turn of effects, and one guy said that it was unfortunate that such news like this won't make much of a difference in the votes - "we all know the outcome anyway. It doesn't really matter what the truth is. That's how politics works."

I realized tonight that I took this proclamation as my own belief when my dad sent me an email today about Kagan. I immediately responded with, "well thanks for the info- but it doesn't really matter - nothing is going to change the votes unfortunately." 

This kind of thinking is not true if you put on God glasses and look at the world from his perspectives instead of ours. Our God is so powerful and mighty - he is not controlled by statistics or odds or political insider knowledge - He is Lord over all and no matter how much people want to get rid of him, He is still the one who is control in this country too. 

I repent of my pervading doubt that all is hopeless - for this particular nomination and many other areas where we look like we are losing ground, such as upholding the sanctity of life at all stages.

Of course, I am not saying that God is going to solve every problem exactly the way that I wish it - but I can rest assured that He's got everything in control even when it looks out of control to me. Our job is to not worry, keep the faith, keep praying fervently in all circumstances, and keep our focus on Him in the midst of everything. 

May our whole country have a genuine change of direction. Especially during this upcoming election cycle- may we not hang our hopes on getting the right people into office, but on the God Almighty/Yaweh Yireh, the God who Provides.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this, Abby -- you're so right, it's hard to imagine that things can change for the better. I felt led this morning to begin praying in earnest for another Great Awakening ... there have been several in this country in the past ... why not now? It's easy to think that our times are worse than all other times -- but the people of God have always been counter-cultural. It was true for the Israelites in Egypt, for Daniel in Babylon, for the early Christians in Jerusalem, for the Gentile Christians in the Greek world ... and on and on.

    When we pray, we tap into God's history and God's story ... and things change. At the very least, our perspective changes, and hope rises. Without hope, we're just rearranging deck chairs as the ship goes down.

    I pray that you'll have a powerful influence with hope and faith in the midst of the Academy this summer.