News getting you down? Me too. March 13, 2012Posted by #4 in Everything but the kitchen sink, Politics - oh how I loath you.
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Sometimes I let the news get me down. I really shouldn’t, but it sneaks up on me and before I know it I’m in a foul mood. Take today for instance; the very first thing I did after eating breakfast and reading my Bible was turn on my computer and start reading the news. The first website I go to is Fox News (now before any of you libs out there start screaming about Fox News, I also read CNN and the New York Times website, so calm down). What was the first thing I saw? A picture of an Afghan crowd rioting and burning a Christian cross that appeared to be made out of cardboard and painted red.
Instant bad mood. Do you know why?
Because I know they can get away with it. Burning a cross is not a big deal, after all, it is just a symbol and God strictly warned us against making anything that could cause us to withhold our worship of Him and give it to the created thing (see: the Ten Commandments). So even Christians have to be careful with how they view and use the cross. But these people aren’t just burning a cross, they are demonstrating their rejection of God and His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, His Son. They think they are protesting the killing us 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, but they are really not. Ultimately their protest is against God himself (note to those living under the assumption that Allah and the God Christians and Jews worship is one and the same: you are so very mistaken and wrong). But I digress. Nobody on this planet can disrespect Islam or Islam’s prophet or their so-called holy book because there will be instant rioting and bloodshed. Everyone cowers in fear, including our own government, when this happens and they fall all over themselves trying to be the first to apologize and appease the rioters. But they freely burn our flag and our Bibles and crosses and everyone turns away and says nothing.
It makes me sick.
I can also get in a bad mood from paying attention to the presidential election. I will not vote for Obama. It has nothing to do with his skin color. It has everything to do with his beliefs and voting record in the Senate. When he voted against giving life-saving care and treatment to babies that have the gall to survive an abortion, he basically voted to let them expire after the botched attempt to kill them. When he also stated that he did not want his daughters to be “punished” with an unwanted pregnancy, I knew all I ever needed to know about him. He does not believe in the sanctity of human life. He does not deserve to be our president. Everything else about his beliefs that I don’t share just continue to remind me that I could not be forced to vote for him. But what about the opposition? What about the Republicans? After all, if I really can’t stand the current president then surely “anyone but Obama” will do. Right? Not so fast.
The only one who even comes close to aligning with my Biblical World View is Rick Santorum and it is not looking like he will be the Republican nominee. I hope I am wrong. That leaves Mitt Romney.
Just like the fallacy that Allah and the Judeo-Christian God are the same, the belief that Mitt Romney is Christian is totally absurd. Because Mr. Romney is Mormon I will not vote for him. I do not believe that an individual can govern apart from their beliefs, regardless of all the hogwash about separation of church and state. Mitt Romney is very much a product of his religion; a false religion (see: this explanation)
So with those two on the ballot, I have no one to vote for because they are both diametrically opposed to a Biblical and Christian way of life and governing. I cannot conscientiously cast a vote for either one because one is not the lesser of the other evil.
Another bad mood.
There are other things going on in the world that cause me to be less than enthusiastic. The economy, the unemployment, the constant and unrelenting growth of government and its intrusion into our lives, the systematic loss of our constitutional freedoms, the atheistic sabotage of our constitution and the war to remove all and any trace of Christianity from our nation, the continuing slaughter of millions of babies in the womb, the on-going slave and sex trade, internet pornography, the constant onslaught against the family and traditional marriage, the rampant hypocrisy emanating from Washington and Hollywood, and the horrific plight of children in Uganda and the Sudan, the plight of children all over the world.
Its enough to put me in a foul mood.
But then someone gently reminds me that He is in control. That His purposes and plans will be done. That His Word will not return to Him void. And that He is perfect and righteous and loves us so very much.
That is reason enough to celebrate; to give thanks in the very midst of misery. In spite of anyone’s situation, God can work wonders in their lives. In spite of the direction our country is heading God is setting the stage for His return. Governments and kings and politicians are set up and removed by God to fulfill His purposes. And His Gospel is being preached in every corner of the globe. Men will have their glory now; their power now; their pleasure now; but soon it will be gone. God will have His Glory. Then every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 2: 10-11)
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Okay, now I’m in a good mood!