I'm currently taking some time off in PA. I had some paid time off at work, so i decided to take it. God seems to be doing some major changes around here. Which is good. It's needed. I was having dinner w/ a good friend of mine last nite and he was telling me that some of the people that he knows and is ministering to are getting kicked out of their house for truly going after God. They're going a different route of their parents and family and they're loosing a lot to follow the Lord. I thought about that and was like 'How would i handle that?'
Right now, we are in an election year. And none of the candidates i can vote for w/ a good conscience. I'll probably be writing in a candidate when it comes time to vote. Here is what i feel is happening: Mostly all the candidates are too liberal. They are all supporting issues that go against what the Word of God says. They all want to make a difference, but not in the right way. Only God can save our nation. A political agenda won't do it. Only getting on our face and asking God for mercy and to walk in His ways will do it. He is giving us free will and He's looking to see how we will choose. He's not a dictator. He's a loving Father who wants the best for His children. And at times that means He pulls back and allows us to see the error in how we handle it and what we'll choose. And right now, i don't think we're choosing wisely.
Of course, there are certain ones out there who have their own agenda. And the bad part about that is is that they may be few in number, but they're at the top. That puts them in control. These individuals want to live a lifestyle that isn't Christ centered and they're putting it on the rest of us. All i can say to that is is to live it up while you can. Because you will be called to account for how you live.
In any case, i'm not happy with how things are going. People want a better society but they don't want to have to turn to God for it. We want all sorts of blessings, but we don't want to have to pay any sort of price for it.
The first place i turn for this to is to examine my own life. What do I need to change? Then, since i grew up in the church and am currently serving in it and feel that the church should be leading out in everything, i look to see what needs changed in there. Sticking out head in the sand over the problems isn't going to help anything. Just 'doing church' really only hurts the problem. It's not easy to tackle issues at times, but it is necessary.
I'm not attempting to be an alarmist in any way. More than anything, i want people to find a peace and rest in the Loving Arms of Jesus. But i also don't want to turn a blind eye to problems that are there. I've had teenagers come up to me and tell me that they're struggling w/ homosexual thoughts and feelings. i simply said "oh really? what can i do to help you get through that?"