Faith and Politics at its Finest

We could all use encouragement on our timelines in regards to what is happening around the world. Behind those posts of “guessing the gibberish”-is it boredom or distraction from reality? The selfie you posted that was taken months ago -what part of your pre-quarantine life are you grieving? Do you live alone? Have you given up yet? Like let’s get real here. I really want to know how are you doing? 

You and I have never seen or experienced anything like this. It’s foreign. No one could have prepared for this. 

There’s a lot that all types of people are saying so I don’t expect you to land here and get all the answers. No, this is for the person who needs to be encouraged right now. Where you can find some truth. Clear and concise words that don’t contradict the words before. 

There’s a video going viral of this hilarious woman giving a fake news report in light of what sounds exactly like what the news and other outlets have expressed during this time. All contradicting and it’s true. Nothing we have been told has really added up. Doctors say one thing, media says another, and our leadership says the complete opposite of that. So who do we trust and what makes the most sense based off of what we are seeing or experiencing? Well that’s definitely a rhetorical question and I told you already I don’t have the answers here. Just marinate in that. 😂

You wake up and there’s a news report with new symptoms, more people are dead, more people have been infected. This virus spreads like wildfire and there doesn’t seem to be hope. “Can’t wait for this to be over” “When this is all better, I’m going to_______” We say these things that sound like hope but really it’s rooted in fear that things won’t get better. This is “hope so” attitude versus “know so”. 

I read a very profound sentence the other day. 

Our hope should never be tethered to the conveniences and pleasures the world offers or the ease of a situation. 

Jaw dropped. YES! 

So I asked myself, what am I doing day to day (right now) that’s convenient and pleasurable and how much of those things are tied to what the world is offering? Take the time to think on that. 

Now, how much of those things are tied to what Jesus offers? Yikes, right? 

Maybe just maybe that’s why when we come across these news outlets we cannot decipher the truth because we are not filling our minds with the truth? Read that sentence again until it sinks. That one hurt didn’t it? Let me explain… 

We are so caught up in how we are suppose to act during a crisis that we read or listen to these news outlets and react. Whether that’s by acting like this isn’t happening or feeding into it then regurgitating to others like we have no brain of our own. So we call up our people and talk about how crappy this is and whether or not you’re ok cause you’re introverted anyway. Like cmon no one is ok with what’s happening! Unless you’re like a serial killer then someone’s doing your work for you and you’re the one enjoying this. 

Ok that took a turn but you see what I mean?! 

Filling up more of my time with the truth of my savior is the only way I am going to persevere in this unprecedented time. We have heard that word more in 2020 than we ever have – unprecedented. That should be a reminder to all of us that no one has experienced this before to this extreme. So have grace to you and others for not knowing what to do, how to react, how to respond. 

Here is your encouragement-

Keep looking up like your children look up to you. Look to your Heavenly Father who is all of these things:

  • The Maker of Heaven and Earth is for us. (Psalm 146:6)
  • The King of Glory is for us. (Psalm 24:8)
  • The Sovereign Lord is for us. (Psalm 68:19-20)
  • The Creator of the universe is for us. (Genesis 1:1)
  • Our Great God is for us. (Psalm 95:3)
  • The Most High is for us. (Psalm 91:1)
  • Our Compassionate Lord is for us. (Psalm 116:5)
  • The Prince of Peace is for us. (Isaiah 9:6)
  • The Healer is for us. (Psalm 147:3)
  • Our Unchanging Father is for us. (James 1:17)
  • The Promises Keeper is for us. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • The Ultimate Forgiver is for us. (1 John 1:9)
Knowing these truths and standing on them will elevate you through this season. Because this is a season. Seasons change. That has always been the truth. So whatever your season looks like, jobless, cut hours, pregnant, all the sudden homeschool parents, essential worker with your life on the line, widowed, living alone, full of anxiety…this time will come to pass. But don’t listen to the world who’s telling you to fill your time with a hobby or side hustle. Don’t fill your time with a 100 zoom meetings a week. Don’t try to get out of this hardship by distracting yourself from what is happening. Go through it and feel it. 

P.s. I have been guilty of these things so this blog is actually for me too. 

Those are all things the world is telling you to do so that you can stay connected. Which is not entirely wrong. However, those people are fearful just like you. If that side hustle has already been done and can wait, If that hobby is a distraction from reality from actually checking your mental health, stop and pick up your Bibles. Put on some worship. If you don’t know Jesus or don’t know where to start, might I offer some help? Please reach out to me so we can connect! I’ve also dropped some resources below. 

The Word is for everyone. He loves you and cares about you and wants you to reach for Him. He already knows you. So look up, child! 

James 1 -Faith Under Pressure

2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

 

Read this Bible Study: ‘Good News: Encouragement for a World in Crisis’. 

 

3 thoughts on “Faith and Politics at its Finest

  1. Absolutely right on point! Thank you for helping us see that we are not alone in our feelings, situations and circumstances. And, turning our focus on our Lord and Savior grounds is in certainty, Him. Thank you LB♥️

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  2. Thanks for this post, so refreshing , smart and honest! Thanks for the list of verses that I’m gonna read through tonight!

    Love ya LB!!!

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