Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin

On August 29, 2008, Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain announced that his choice for Vice Presidential running mate was Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Amidst a crowd of excited Republicans on September 3, 2008, Mrs. Sarah Palin accepted the nomination for Vice Presidential candidate. The crowd roared with excitement, and by my opinion, she made an excellent speech…perfect for the situation.

I am so glad Sarah Palin is against abortion. I am so glad Sarah Palin knows how to cut an overspending governmental budget. I am so glad Sarah Palin sold the governor’s jet on ebay to cut spending. I am so glad Sarah Palin holds that marriage is only for a man and a woman. I am so glad that Sarah Palin seeks to deny benefits to homosexual couples. I am so glad Sarah Palin encourages small business growth by reducing business taxes. I am so glad Sarah Palin is strong against crime. I am so glad that Sarah Palin desires that public schools teach Creationism along side of evolution. I am so glad Sarah Palin supports private schools and home schooling. I am so glad Sarah Palin believes “Under God” should still be in our pledge of allegiance. I am so glad Sarah Palin seeks that our nation provide more of its own oil resources. I am so glad Sarah Palin seeks to be a friend of special need children. I am so glad Sarah Palin supports the right to bear arms and seeks to protect that right. I am so glad Sarah Palin believes health care should be ‘market and business driven.’ I am so glad Sarah Palin supports our troops and homeland security. I am so glad Sarah Palin said “The Bible has profoundly influenced America.” I am so glad Sarah Palin seeks to cut taxes and not increase them.

Then again, I could say all the same about my wife (except the selling the jet thing)…she stands for the same things. Difference is, she is at home being “discreet, chaste, keeper(s) at home, good, obedient to their (her) own husband(s), that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:5. The “( )” added by me to make the sentence make more sense.

The reason I write this is not to influence anyone on how to vote, but to express my concern for my nation. It is no secret that the “lesser of two evils” mentality was there amongst our stripe when talking about the 2008 election. Now, with the introduction of Sarah Palin, I hear so much excitement about someone who “believes like we do” from folks I love and respect in the ministry. While I do appreciate what she believes in, I find it disheartening where our nation is today. Isaiah 3 speaks about the chastening of the Lord upon a nation that turns it back on Him. Part of that punishment is that the Lord will remove male leadership (vs. 1-3) and according to verse 12 “Children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”

Then I was thrown the excuse that Deborah was a lady used of God in a leadership position. I would remind friends of the deplorable state Israel was in at that time. Again, we see that as a nation turned its back on God, punishment followed and in this case again a woman was in leadership. Just because things happened in the Bible does not mean that it was what God intends for His people. Israel worshipped Baal, the people threw their children into the fire, David committed adultery, Solomon had many wives, Peter cursed. That doesn’t mean it was right for us to do. The story of Deborah exactly backs up my point.

Again, I am not suggesting who to vote for. I am not saying Sarah Palin is a tool of the Devil. I am just saying that for us as Christians we should be able to look around us and see events like the naming of Sarah Palin and fall to our knees. Our nation is in trouble. Sin is rampant. The God-ordained leadership is being removed. We must, as God’s people, humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways; then God will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin, and will heal our land.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Soon Arival!!

The last few days have been filled with anxiousness, excitement, and much work and preparation.  Just this past week, our doctor informed us that my wife will probably give birth in the next few days.  When I received that news, I was in Michigan.  I immediately left towards home.  I called my parents and they too immediately left Kansas and headed home.  The last few hours have been filled with packing bags, cleaning house, stocking supplies, and waiting.  Every few hours I call and check up on my wife.  I dare not stray too far from home.  I wake up each morning with an amazement that I have another day.  The signs are there, the preparations made, the excitement real…just looking and waiting for the event.


As I sat today and pondered this thought, I was ashamed.  My life these past 9 months has been in preparation for the arrival of this child, and now we are about there and there are not enough hours in a day, there is so much anticipation, my every thought is “this could be the hour!”  How much more should that be our every day as Christians?


Our Lord has promised His coming!  Our Lord has given us signs to watch for…we are there!  We should be spending our every day in preparation for that coming.  We should be cleaning house, busily preparing, staying close to our Lord and His church, and every day we should remind ourselves, “this could be the hour.” 


We get so busy in our lives that we forget sometimes that He could return today!  This could be the hour!  Every time my phone rings, the reality hits again, that that could be my wife and it could be now!  Every time you pick up the newspaper or turn on the news, you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; you will hear of famine and diseases; you will hear of earthquakes and pestilences; you will hear of sodomy and sin abounding; you will hear Russia and her aggression; you will hear of cries for peace from around the world….we should be reminded of the reality that He could come now!


Friend, are you ready for His arrival?  Do you know Christ as your Saviour?  We need…got to go, my phone is ringing!