This week’s news plus a tip for staying positive
IT’S NEWS TO ME
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Abiding vs. Presiding
Most Republicans and conservatives are rejoicing over the unexpected Trump victory. As one of them, I am enjoying watching the Democrats whine, complain, and try one ploy after another to overturn the results. It started with accusations of racism and white supremacy. Then after the recount didn’t work, they tried the Russian hacking approach. They just can’t accept defeat. They have been deeply offended and are desperately searching for a “safe space” where they can be free from the disappointments of life and are free to cry until they feel better.
We on the right are hopeful that things will really change, and that eventually, some on the left will eventually admit that the policies of the new administration actually worked and made America great again. The problem with all this is history. It has a nasty way of reminding us that when people are in charge, they will eventually screw things up. I’ve been watching politics for quite a while now, and I’ve seen a definite pattern. American politics is like a giant slow but steady pendulum that swings one way, hesitates for a while, and then swings back to the other side.
Victories and defeats are temporary. Eventually, things will turn in the other direction. The best we can hope for is that we can make the most of our victories and minimize the effects of our defeats. Add in the sovereignty of God factor, and things get even less predictable.
My point is to remind us all that the stability we desire is only possible when we have sworn our sole allegiance to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Him there is no shifting or variation. He is our eternal rock (Is. 26:4), faithful and true (Rev. 19:11). In Him we can rest in this in the midst of our defeats as well as our victories. We are to rejoice with those who rejoice, enjoying our victory parties and thanking God for what possibly may be our last chance to “get it right.” At the same time, we must keep our focus where it belongs.
There’s nothing wrong with loving our nation. Patriotism is a good thing, and protecting our nation from its enemies isn’t just the job of our government. We must do our part to bring “domestic tranquility” in our little spheres of influence. But all good things come from our Heavenly Father, and if we are not rightly related to Him through an abiding faith in Jesus, we will have nothing to offer. Let’s make sure our focus is on abiding in Christ and not in our President-elect or his latest cabinet appointee.
Let’s agree to pray for the salvation of every member of the new administration while looking to heaven for the preservation of our nation.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
How do you settle a presidential election when the vote is too close to call?
With a fishing contest in northern Wisconsin in January, of course!
After the final votes were counted, Hillary and Donald were deadlocked.
Instead of going through a recount, they agreed to a week-long ice fishing contest
to settle the election. Whoever caught the most fish at the end of the week would be the President.
They decided that a remote frozen lake in northern Wisconsin would be the ideal place. No observers on the fishing grounds, but both would need to have their catches verified and counted each night at 5 PM.
After Day 1, Trump returned with a total of 10 fish, Hillary came back with nothing.
Day 2 finished, and Trump caught another 20 fish, but Hillary once again came back with nothing.
That night, Hillary and her cronies got together and accused Trump of being a “low-life, cheating son-of-a-gun.” Instead of fishing on Day 3, they were going to follow and spy on him and figure out how he was cheating.
Day 3 finished up and Trump had an incredible day, adding 50 fish to his total!
That night, Hillary and her democratic cohorts got together for the full report on how Donald was cheating. Hillary stood up to give her report and said, “You are not going to believe this! He’s cutting holes in the ice!”
This story tells you all you need to know about the difference between a successful businessman and a career government politician.
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