For whatever reason I have found myself slightly addicted to the news. I mentioned this to a friend who responded by saying that he was not aware a person could be slightly addicted. My buddy then said being slightly addicted makes about as much since as being slightly pregnant. Intellectually and emotionally I know God is in control and as Christians we should stay free from worry. The information age has not been kind to me. Over the last few years I have taken the advice of my old professor from college. He said “instead of worrying, spend the time fixing the problem or preparing for the task at hand.” With the exception of my little boy, the times I found myself worrying was when trying to make it to McDonald’s to beat the cut off time for the big breakfast. Since I declared victory over the battle to watch cable news instead of SpongeBob, I have been indoctrinated that the future facing our country is bleak. We are told the war on drugs is lost. We have an undeclared war along our Southern Border. Our leaders no longer feel it is important to have our military along this same Border. I am not sure regarding our government’s reasoning since there has been over 30,000 murders along this Border. Since our soldiers were given no ammunition to protect the people or themselves, the decision to withdrawal was a good one. I am just wondering out loud why we as a people and country are not worried about the loss of 30,000 lives within the span of a few years. The war along our Southern Border is spilling over in to our lands causing great loss and dividing good people against one another.
God does not want us to worry. I want to do something to fix the problems. We have at least four military conflicts in progress and soldiers stationed in multiple countries and some with artillery facing our people within sight of a pair of binoculars from the $.99 store. We are told that our economy is inching forward and there are still no jobs. The housing market is still in a shambles. Friends tell me to buy gold and at night I stare at my kid’s piggy bank while trying to think back to Sunday school to remember if there is a commandment about coveting a child’s life’s saving . Our States are legally positioning to clear the way to file bankruptcy. The entitlements that help the weak and the poor in our country are going broke just as the weak and the poor are convinced to vote for more entitlements. Our leaders are cruel telling the poor and disadvantaged that the government has money and power to cure all their ills.
This information is scary and now instead of fixing the problems our leaders have identified these issues as having political advantage and the blame game is on. We must turn to God and accept his love and grace through Jesus our Lord. We must fix these problems by sending men and women we have elected to office who not only have skills but who have Christ. God has given us our governments and in this country we have the privilege to vote and elect our own officials. We have to take a deeper look at the men and women we support for local, state and federal offices. It will do us no good to vote for politicians who only pray and attend Church in order to prove their spirituality and make the six o’clock news. Given what we have learned about politicians over the last several years it is obvious that there are tremendous pressures on these men and women who dedicate themselves to public service. We only need look at the track record of many of our best and brightest to see the physical, mental and spiritual damage they experience. In order to give our elected officials the best chance of success and survive the pressures of these political positions, we must do the best job possible to find leaders who have the required skills and who ”seek the Kingdom first.” When these officials are elected and Christ is the center of their lives we have fixed the problem.