So Now What?

Posted on November 7, 2012

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The United States (The Gaslamp Post) – It is the day after…  Yesterday we as a nation rose to the occasion, doing our patriotic duty to our electoral process, and voted for our nation’s leaders.

For those of you whom stayed up to watch the results, and those of you whom woke up to disappointment; I feel your pain.  I honestly hoped and prayed that Americans were smarter than this.

But alas, it is what it is.  We have four more years of this administration to look forward to.

So now what?

I was on autopilot this morning as I went about my daily routines, trying not to focus on what went wrong, as much as what I must do today.  That is pretty much what I think many of you all are doing.

We are after all still Americans, and we all have our own lives and details to attend to.  What may lie ahead and in store for us under President Obama’s administration, as of this moment is speculation.

Understanding where we’ve been may very well be a good indicator as to where it is that we’re going, but when it all comes down to it, no one truly knows but God.  I know not where your paths may lead you, but for myself, I’m doing for today what I did for that of yesterday.

Rest assured that the electoral process worked, even if it did not appear to for some.  In all outcomes, are there not winners and losers?

I’m not saying that if your candidates didn’t win, that you yourself are a loser.  How is it that their status is somehow an indicator of your own self?  We are quite able to think for ourselves, thank you.

One thing that I feel important to mention is that there is one simple principle to all of this; all government comes from God.  As I imagine, this may have just caused some of you to roll your eyes, but I assure you it is true.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”  Romans 13:1-4.

So let’s say that you don’t necessarily believe in God, and those words mean nothing to you.  I will just say that simply because you choose not to believe in something does not make it go away.

Was there not a time when we didn’t believe that asbestos was harmful?  Did we not make children’s toys using lead paint?

God gives you the government that you deserve, plain and simple.  Take a look around you today, and tell me what you see.

Call the president a dictator, Marxist, Socialist, outright Communist, all you want, but the bottom line is that he is who we were given.  Why would we deserve anything different?

Have we not placed our faith in man instead of God?  Did we not stray away from the principles that our founders had, which were in accordance with His word?

Have we not murdered millions of unborn babies, made pleasure a religion, become decadent, perverse, and adulterous, and outright rejected Him?  Did we choose instead to, “bet on America”?

Are we not a violent culture?  Have we not gotten lazy and proud?

Some of you have and some of you haven’t, but God’s judgment effects us all.  From a distance, take a look back at us and then you tell me what it is that we deserve.

“But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength.  You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.  I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.” Leviticus 26:14-17

Does that not look exactly like what has been happening to us for the last 20 or so years?

The resounding theme throughout the Old Testament was that God set His blessings upon those who kept his commandments, and allowed those who ignored them to fall captive to tyrants.  Did not the Israelites wind up enslaved to Egypt, only to be freed by God once they turned themselves around?  When they screwed up, weren’t they sent to wander in the desert for 40 years, only to be saved again?  After all of that they wind up occupied by the Romans when they screwed up yet again…

Look at how many other civilizations and peoples have experienced the same thing; then take a long hard look at ourselves.  What is it, based on what we have allowed to occur, and what we’ve permitted in our country, that we truly deserve?

Our founding fathers believed that Divine Providence (the hand of God) was the only reason that a bunch of poorly trained, hungry and shoeless farmers were able to defeat the most powerful military force on the planet.  If not for God’s assistance, how could the Revolutionary War have had the same outcome?

We are exactly where we are because we placed our faith in men instead of Him.

So now what?

Well, we know where we screwed up; that’s step #1.  Step #2 is to change ourselves.  We must first fix ourselves if we ever hope to fix our nation.

You can no more repair your car with broken tools, than you can do your tax-return using a calculator with half of the buttons missing.  The next four years are not certain, but the only thing we can count on is that the further we get away from God, the worse it will become.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if we hope to change anything, no man can do it for us.  No amount of money thrown at a problem will turn it around.  Our faith must be in He who can do all things, and then we must get up, put one foot in front of the other, and do for ourselves.

No one is going to do it for you.

You should pray about it; trust me, He’ll listen.

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