Sometimes you just sit down and stare at the screen and – nothing. I couldn’t write yesterday. I tried several times but nothing. It was a political hangover of sorts and the fact that I had a funeral later that day. It is always emotional for me to prepare for a funeral. Add to that the non-stop election coverage and I felt even more frustrated with politicians and pundits that either gather in a circular firing squad or who do an end zone spike the football dance.
I want to list the promises of the election so that I can look back in a couple of years. Here we go:
1. Raise taxes on the rich. (Whoever that happens to be)
2. Implement Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare)
3. Protect Medicare
4. Protect Social Security
5. Appoint a Secretary of Business
6. Create One Million Manufacturing Jobs
7. Have Comprehensive Immigration Reform
8. Have Transparency of Government
9. Create a Bi-Partisan Atmosphere
10. (Add a Promise You Heard)
I would look at these promises no matter who was elected and ask if we could really trust them? Here is the real test of leadership in my estimation:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I think we should rely on God to take care of us and use the gifts, talents, and resources that God gives us to take care of ourselves and others. I believe that, in general, charitable organizations do a better job of caring for people than the government does. I believe that the application of our time and talents provides better security for us personally than relying on someone else to do the job. Take a look at this link to see how NGO’s respond to Hurricane Sandy for instance:
I may be a shrinking part of the American landscape but the faith-based ideals that our country was founded on will ultimately continue. Most of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions who in the seventeenth century crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice their faith freely. We have a rich and diverse religious landscape that can unite us more than divide us. We need to tap into the spiritual strength of our nation now more than ever. Is that what could re-unite us as a nation?