faith

re: tonight's vp debate

Frankly, I don't care whether either of them can talk the talk. What I want to know is if they have a history of walking the walk. Palin, from all (trustworthy, fact-checked) accounts, has. Biden? I don't know. All I know is that he's a lawyer by trade, and has been around for a long time. But really, the question is about Obama, and I don't see that he's done anything that would show him ready to take on the task of guarding and guiding this country. While I'm not entirely happy with McCain, he's tried and true, and has sacrificed self (and family) for his nation. I wonder sometimes if she's worthy.

Beyond all that, however, I keep reminding myself that in the end it doesn't matter if "my" candidates win or lose. Or even if the whole country goes down the tubes. I am to be praying for and seeking God's will, and trusting that all things will continue working themselves out according to his perfect plan--the end of which is good, not evil. This country has had bad presidents before, and deep depressions. Entire civilizations have vanished, worn away by time and decayed by their own excesses. The world has seemed to end more times than can be recounted--but it hasn't yet. Won't, not until the time is right. And through it all, the church has grown. Unevenly, perhaps; has died back in times of drought, and been pruned severely more than once, but she grows still. That is my true country.
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Thank you!! You are so exactly right. Americans might think we determine who the next leader of our country will be, but in the end, God selects the ruler of nations and nothing happens outside His permissive will.
Your posts are so peaceful sometimes. :) I'm so torn between the candidates, because I really don't like either and then it seems like everything else in the world is crashing down and I'm just like, "Gah!!! The world, the world, it's all falling apart!"

It's nice to hear, "Hush. God's in control." It makes everything feel less chaotic. :)
Feel free to repeat it back to me if I post anything too het up--my ability to simply trust comes and goes, I find. Sometimes it feels like it mostly goes.
Yup, screw the election and this corrupt, decaying world. In the chances and changes of this life let our minds rest easily in the eternal changelessness of God.

Suffering brings people closer to Christ, after all.
Well, I wouldn't put it quite like that--we were, after all, placed here for a purpose, and there is much beauty, if we look for it. Sometimes even if we don't. But it is too easy to forget that we are not, in fact, masters of our own fate. (Something I am quite grateful for; I'm sure I'd make a hash of it.)


In the chances and changes of this life let our minds rest easily in the eternal changelessness of God.

Suffering brings people closer to Christ, after all.


Yes.
Actually, I was being entirely sarcastic, though I do really like the prayer, which is from the Book of Common Prayer's Compline service. Statements like "suffering brings people closer to Christ" lead to conclusions like those starving people in Africa must be really blessed and there's no reason we should improve the physical aspect of their miserable lives and thus diminish their ability to connect with Christ by making this life more attractice.

I am a fan of Ecclesiastes more than anything else. "Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?...

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
Sarcasm's hard to convey on paper, I find.

Suffering does one of two things, I think. It either turns us in on ourselves, so that all we can think of is how to alleviate the pain, or strips away the dross. There is no way to tell which way we'll go until we're actually in the middle of it. (But if suffering is all a person has ever known, how can they have hope? Or believe that there is a loving God?)

...And I would make an intelligent comment about Ecclesiastes (or at least try), but I'm falling asleep at the keyboard and should probably give up and go to bed.
I'd forgotten that you don't know my religious views - had you, the sarcasm would have been rather obvious. Sorry. I try not to use sarcasm on the internet anyway, as it is a Bad Habit.
S'all right. I'm used to my dad, who has a sense of humor so dry that quite often no one can tell that he's joking. It's good practice for the internet and taking everything with a bit of salt.