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God Is In Control

Posted by admin in November 5th, 2008
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Big D had an early flight out this morning so I drove him to the airport. After I dropped him off I headed home. On the drive back the sun began to rise. This morning’s sunrise was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It’s partly cloudy here and the cloudy, hazy horizon created an amazing light show of reds, and purples, and oranges, and blues. When it’s cloudy like this the sun filters through and you can actually see it–round, red and brilliant. It is not anything like the sun that scorches us on hot Kansas summer days. It is a softer side of the sun; a gentler sun. I’ve been struggling with a sinus infection the past few days so maybe this is just the Sudafed talking, but that sunrise, well…sorry John Denver…it made me happy!

Now I am whole-heartedly committed that certain subjects will be addressed at this site: money, sex, politics and religion. I know! Those are the things we’re NOT supposed to talk about, but I want to. I think they are very important subjects. I think they should be talked about. So, here it goes…

Obama won last night. And whether you voted for him or not, he is the next president of the United States. And I must say if I was an African-American (which many of my Black friends say I am) I’d be moved beyond words today. Think of all the Black community has been through in this country. Think about the prejudice, discrimination, injustices and cruelty people have suffered in these United States simply because of the color of their skin. In fact, between the years of 1900-1918 over 2,000 Blacks were lynched in the South. Twenty-percent of those lynched were lynched because they attempted to register to vote. Think about it. Less than 100 years ago African Americans were being killed for attempting to register to vote and yet today, the African-American community has a leader heading for the White House! I can only imagine what it must feel like for all those citizens who fought for their right to vote and for their civil rights and are alive to see this day. I hope this day lives forever in their hearts and minds. They’ve earned this day. All of America should understand their enthusiasm and rejoice with them.

For my dear friends and family that fear this new president I just want to encourage you not to. God is still in control (thanks Lisa D. for sending me that song!). He really is. We don’t need to fear, or be anxious or worry. Remember what Paul wrote to the Romans? Here, let me copy it in:

ROMANS 13:1-7, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…For he is God’s servant to do you good…He is God’s servant…Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Paul wrote that to the Believers in Rome for pity’s sake! Rome! You know the city with the really freaked out funky town government? Paul wrote his letter to the Roman Christians in 56 AD; Nero became emperor of Rome in 54 AD and burned the city just eight years after Paul wrote his letter. Remember the burning of Rome? Nero blamed the Christians and persecution of the Church became entertainment in the coliseums! I know Paul’s words are difficult to comprehend. Think of Hitler or Mao. And the letter to the Romans isn’t an isolated account in the New Testament. Peter tells us to submit to rulers as supreme authority (I Peter 2) and Paul tells us to pray for those in authority (I Timothy). The fact of the matter is we don’t live in a perfect world. Elections don’t always go as we might like, the economy may struggle (even fail), wars are raging, promises are broken, death still occurs. But we as follower of Jesus Christ are not without hope. We believe that one day our Lord and Savior will open up the skies and come for us; He’ll come for us and fix stuff. He is preparing a home for us where there is no corruption, no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, no more cancer, no more injustices, no more heartbreak. Jesus is preparing for us a city where He rules in peace and perfect justice. I disagree with Paul Marshall because I believe Heaven is my real home. Heaven is my real destination. I am encouraged by the knowledge that one day I will live in a nation ruled by God where there will be no more elections, taxes, health insurance, 401Ks, Wall Street, and no more politics. And that sunrise this morning reminded me that I am heading to a city where the Lamb is the Light. Peace.

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29. Kevin said,
November 6th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I’m not sure how to not be worried about a president that says he is going to raise taxes for corporations and increase spending for welfare-like programs. That’s a clear recipe for disaster my friend. Watch for corporations do start laying off workers to cut costs and unemployment rates to climb. Ultimately WE will be the ones paying for all the new programs and all the new unemployment checks that are going to be handed out. I still can’t believe the American people were duped into voting for this con man.

Obama has set a new precedent alright; the presidency of our great nation is up for sale and it will no longer be decided by a candidate’s experience and policies but rather which one possesses the greatest speaking and motivational skills, as well as the largest wallet (Obama outspent McCain by >~5X). May the richest blow hard win!

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30. admin said,
November 6th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I feel your pain Kev, but either Romans 13 is the Word of God or it isn’t. Either Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write those words or he wasn’t. I can understand frustrations and even some fears that folks have right now with the election results. I’m just sayin’ the best is yet to come and my hope ain’t based on a man. Peace out bro!

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34. bob sparks said,
November 13th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Yea Teri.

Being 76 yrs, I’ve had the privilege of voting a number of times. But this time was different. I can’t remember the others, but marking the ballot this time for Obama, I felt a deep joy that I was going to be a small part of something historic.

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