Friday, October 10, 2008

"Test all things"


If I make the mistake of disconnecting my faith from my civic duty as an American to stand against any form of political oppression, I merely pay lip service to that faith. To be sure, I believe character attacks are unacceptable as an end with no truth to substantiate them, but we are mandated by scripture to "test all things and hold to that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Let us not confuse a spirit of hope with that of apathy. Let us not make the mistake of believing that faith cannot exist without complacency in regards the political process. The democracy is to represent the wishes of the people and we should hold dear the responsibility to stand up and object when necessary. To think ourselves exempt from taking a side in the debate and calling out evil when we see it would be to devalue our testimony.

We should be that city on a hill; a lighthouse to those ships lost at sea. It should always be our responsibility as one nation, under God to guide a lost world as the defenders of the inherent and inalienable rights of all to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us not ignore the lessons of history. "For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them" (Proverbs 1:32)

Look, I know how this story ends. I know who the true Messiah is. Regardless of the results of this election, that is not going to change. But we cannot, and should not give way to indifference. "Woe to you who are at ease in Zion..." (Amos 6:1)

1 comment:

Lelia said...

Excellent post! Thank you for posting it on your blog for all of us to read.