Swimming Upstream: “Ignore Obama And Politicians; And Build”

I hate tossing in the towel on America. I just hate it.

Every part of my being wants our nation to fulfill the vision that President Ronald Reagan had concerning it:

“I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.” (Reagan’s farewell speech.)

But now, I don’t foresee our nation ever returning to these lofty ideals. Instead, I see a blind America with a white cane stumbling down a path, bouncing off obstacles and circumstances, always looking for handouts from Big Brother, always searching for the next stimulus, always hoping that government will have the answers.

This does not mean that I don’t see a time of prosperity arising out of our economic crisis because I do. Time will help.  But the transient prosperity will insure the reelection of President Obama and his cronies who will then continue to mortgage our children’s and grandchildren’s futures and redistribute wealth to their own voting bases. And of course, this cycle will continue on and on.

There are those who will decry that I am a quitter, a sore loser, but actually, I’m not. Like any good Texas Hold’em card player, I know when to fold a losing hand and wait for the next deal. This is one of those moments.

So, I’m going to ignore President Obama and all of the politicians. I won’t listen to Rush, Sean, Michael, Laura or any talk-radio hosts, not because I necessarily disagree with them, but rather, their insights and opinions will cause me to grieve and be angry over where America is going and what we are losing. And I don’t want to spend time wallowing in anger over the should-have-been’s or maybe will-be’s if only we can get our message out. For me, this is a waste of time.

Instead, I plan on building the kingdom of God because I know – positively and absolutely – that this liberal house of cards will fail. Then, America will be looking for the “change that we can believe in.”

And the church needs to be ready.

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian jouneys.

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5 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Ignore Obama And Politicians; And Build”

  1. internet elias

    God rules in the kingdom of man.
    Government is ordained of God. Also, read Daniel 2:31 through 45. These verses will show ‘it ain’t gunna git no better’ :smile:. We, the people of God, are ‘light’ in darkness. The Word is the judge…not us. We spend much energy ranting and raving about the wrongs in the world….but we do not win the wrongdoers with Love. ‘Love never faileth.’ Some years ago I collected materials and was set up to begin a campaign against methamphetamines in my county…known as the ‘meth capitol of the world.’ Then God spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t fight meth. Bring them to Me!’ I’m involved in a jail ministry. Same thing applies. No judgement. Share God’s love through sincere compassion, service…which is Love. The church has used the wrong weapon against the unrighteous peoples of our nation. We have used hatefulness, accusations, judgement, and the weapon most hated by God…selfrighteousness. God is answering a prayer for me in that He is opening doors for me to share His love with the homosexual community. Homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle because it involves sinning with the Temple of God….the body. Dangerous stuff. But those who are without compassion for these that can be reached….is not of God. A critical scripture for us at this point in time is:

    Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    AND:

    1sa 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

    In Revelations ….God…not us…is the victorious warrior atop the white horse. He, alone, is the conquerer over evil…and the war is already won. It is only by way of the actual presence of the Holy Spirit…who draws man to repentance….will man be brought to God. We are the arms and legs of God. But He doesn’t desire our words. Only words needed are His. John said the ‘Word was made flesh.” I so hope to see those called by His name..living hopefully, victoriously, and joyfully. We are children of God. Perfect love casteth out fear. Love doesn’t war with flesh and blood……it wars with the true enemy…Satan.

    Da 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men

    Da 4:25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

  2. internet elias,

    “till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.”

    This is obviously quoted scripture. However God also has a principle of freewill within its operation.

    This is evident when Israel demanded a king like the nations around. This was rebellion against God ruling over them, and God sent the prophet Samuel to make sure they fully understood. He warned them that the king would make their lives hell, enslave them and tax them to the hilt. The final warning was that when all these awful things happen because of the King, do not come crying to me because I will not hear you!
    They persisted and God gave them a king.

    Now, the question is.
    Bearing in mind the Daniel quote, who decided on the form of government for Israel, God or the people.
    Who decided Obama, God or the votes.

    Incidentally, there is often asked a question of whether God approves of democracy. My view is yes, generally.
    The reason being that God gave Adam freewill as an individual. Democracy is an attempt at giving the results of freewill to a population. It can never be perfect, but it exceeds other systems.
    Churchill said something like, “…..democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others…..”

  3. Larry Who

    internet elias and francisdrakeprivateer,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Freewill is a problem for most of us believers, especially if you consider that most of our hearts are filled with thorny soil containing the worries of the world, the deceitfulness of riches and desires for other things.

  4. The more I hear of free will, the more I believe that it’s our free will that enables us to freely surrender to God for salvation. At that point, we need to turn over our free will to his authority and leadership, otherwise we are prone to fly away using our free will as a get out of jail card.

    No. We are free when we are slave to His perfect will.

    For me, that’s easier said than done. The truth? I’m still working on it. The rough part, the primary reason we need His leading, is other people’s free will that hasn’t been turned over to God.

  5. Larry, you pretty much summed up my current philosophy on the political situation with this post of yours.

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