Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I enjoy watching NASCAR racing in circles, not so much when our government does the same!
The power of the media to sway opinion has taken center stage the last few weeks. We spend our lives teaching our children there are principles that should never be compromised under any threat or condition. Yet, we all have come to see those elected officials who refuse to compromise their principles as being the enemy of our democracy. How sad. Yeah, that steady drum roll of compromise, compromise, compromise has pretty much gotten to us all, but if in fact those who were elected last November to go to Washington to change the way things are done, and that's what they are trying to do, then perhaps the PR machine that has tried to silence them, has also hurt our chances as a nation to change the disastrous course we are on. I've heard many of them explain their opposition to these so called grand solutions. Their way of looking at it is that while they are glad the subject has been changed in terms of cost cutting, it is always the actual doing of it where Washington's games and gimmicks defeat most efforts to reign in the run away spending train. The mainstream press, the markets, the pundits, and most of us average citizens, are conditioned to swallow these grandiose agreements that speak much about dong something but in reality end up doing next to nothing. This is what those who have bowed their backs worry about. And, while I know they are taking a lot of heat, I do admire those standing up for principle. That's what made us who we are. Not agreeing to something just to get an agreement. But, if we get bored, we can always go down to the butcher shop and hope they just happen to be making sausage, that would be more entertaining!
I know that at times I sound cynical, especially as it relates to the political shenanigans that we have to put up with, but I am not as much a cynic as I am aggravated, and yes, disgusted with the reeking hypocrisy that pretty much defines all sides. Believers can never be completely disgruntled because at the start, during, and also at the end, we have the Lord God of heaven on our side. We are human and prone to join in the hand wringing marathon at times. However, when it comes down to it, we serve the Creator of all things, and He will accomplish His will according to His own good pleasure, and that gives us confidence. The Gaither's had it right, "Because He lives, we can face each day, tomorrow, and the future." Uncertain and perplexing at times, difficult and painful, it can be, but for those of us who share the same faith exhibited by Abraham, we can keep on keeping on, not because of our strength, not because we've got it figured out, but because we know Him and He has made us His own, therefore, we can find our place of service and do our thing as He has provided for us and as He has called us. It is when we, like the Apostle Peter, take our eyes off of our Savior, that we begin to sink in the waves of doubt and despair. (Matthew 14) Our country may be worse off as the economy continues to falter. Our ability to provide for ourselves and our families may be challenged. But, we can be sure, that our God does not depend upon the credit rating agencies, or the compromise of Congress, because He forever lives and He will make a way for His own! Be encouraged with these promises! Amen. ....More later.