Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Poisoning Tips

As you read this, remember.....the main point of this is not about politics.  I do have political motivations from time to time, but the purpose of this devotional blog has much deeper implications.

Perhaps you heard or maybe read the article by Max Lucado a few weeks ago, in which he mentioned quotes from some of those running for President of our country.  Max was specifically concerned with what he called the indecency portrayed in the speeches of Donald Trump.  It's true, and now we have seen other candidates stoop to name calling, labeling, and literally cutting into the very lives of those which have different political positions. 

While my training has not been in political analysis, I have heard all the disrespect, and yes, indecency on the part of all sides, followed by the candidates all claiming to wear the name, Christian!  It is sickening when grown individuals act like children in their words and their actions. Politicians are using the same names in their name calling that we used as kids when some other kid had a party and didn't invite us, or insisted in being the first batter in a game of sand-lot baseball.

Then, earlier today I opened an email from my "blog idol," Michael Hyatt.  His blog today carries the title, "3 Ways Disrespect Poisons the Presidential Race."  (You can Google Michael's blog and enjoy reading some really interesting messages on improving your life and helping you be a better leader and overall, a better person.)

I just want to point you to three subtopics of Michael's blog today which are not only being shared for your information, but also to give you a little more insight about every citizen's responsibility to live up to the standards of decency.

Here are the three ways Disrespect Poisons the Presidential Race:

1.  Disrespect among the candidates.  Hyatt goes on to explain how policy issues seem to take a back seat because the candidates are set on name calling and insults. We find ourselves wanting to know where our candidate really stands on certain issues, but an answer is impossible because the candidates had rather see who could dream up the most disrespectful name to call an opponent.

2.  Disrespect among supporters.  When the candidates are disrespecting everyone else, it's only natural for the followers of that candidate to follow suit and be disrespectful toward all others.

3.  Disrespect for the American people in general.  Hyatt explains, "Leadership is service.  You cannot lead the people you disrespect."

I see the poison taking hold when I read one of the closing remarks of Michael Hyatt's blog.  "We’re supposed to be loyal and respectful to a leader who openly disrespects his or her own fellow citizens." 

I know, and you know, our country is experiencing one of the lowest "valleys" through which we have ever lived. May I suggest the most important thing you can do for your country is greater than casting a ballot.  We all should be hitting our knees on a regular basis, seeking God's will for the life of our nation and its people!  Pray that our leaders may turn to godly answers and resolves for the things which are dragging us down.  Ask for God's guidance and direction for those who lead us.

Here is God's answer...... "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."   2 Chronicles 7:14

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