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Trust in God even in today's political atmosphere

August 04, 2010 - This week's primaries have opened up the fall election campaigns. As the country now approaches the midterm elections, we will receive a barrage of information about the candidates.

As is typical these days, we can be sure that there will be plenty of negative campaigning. For me, it is not negative to point out another person's record, but I am leery of all the personal lambasting and character assaults.

I am always skeptical when I hear people question another person's motivations. The Bible tells us that we cannot even judge our own hearts, so we certainly should not think that we can judge someone else's.

I consider it a bad sign that so much animosity has been created today within the political realm and our society as a whole. Unfortunately, even Christians are guilty of this.

As Christians, we should be very careful to understand that our Christian principles should motivate every action and persuasion that we have in life. Jesus taught a different way then most.

He said, "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say unto you, love your enemies…and pray for them which despitefully use you."

Jesus taught us that our actions should be motivated by a desire to emulate our heavenly Father. Therefore, we surely should not emulate the contemporary society that has become so hostile to one another.

The book of Hebrews says, "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God." We fail to enter into that rest because of our lack of faith.

Faith says that God is in control of our destiny. We are not the victims of time or people, but as the children of God, we are under the care of our heavenly Father. He not only cares for us, but He works diligently in our lives.

This is why the Bible says, "The steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord."

When you have that confidence, you do not have to constantly be on guard trying to protect yourself or the world. You know—looking over your shoulder wondering if an enemy is lurking behind you.

Why? Because the Bible says, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" When God is on your side, you do not have to worry—you just have to believe. This faith will give us the rest that we need. This rest not only alleviates our souls, but also gives us the ability to act rationally and properly think through our choices.

For this reason, the secular media has promoted emotional responses to life situations. The marketers have used this method to persuade us to be irrational consumers.

Today, they are using these same tactics to promote political figures. If they can entice you to be emotionally charged, you will buy into something that you may regret later. This has proven true with the financial crash that we have undoubtedly witnessed.

People have come to realize that we bought into a lifestyle we cannot sustain. If we are not careful, we may buy into a political persuasion that we cannot sustain over the long run either. We are living in a world that seems to be veering out of control.

It will take a people of faith and rest to get it back on track. If you have been caught up in the frenzy of the times, I would admonish you with the Word of God. If we are going to strive for anything, let us strive to enter into the rest of God—and let the peace of God rule our hearts and our minds!

The Rev. Loren Covarrubias is pastor of Mt. Zion Church.

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