Friday, May 21, 2010

OUR NATIONAL NEWS

It's happened again! The news spoke of price gouging at the fuel pumps! The stock market plunged again over 300 points. Then, a picture of the Democratic Party flashed across the television screen! “The Mexican President bashes the United States while Democrats give standing ovation!" The newsman was just reading the prompter as his job allows him to do. I sat in anger and waited for the 'rest of the story'.

While I watched several different channels on this subject I became aware that I was being baited. No one gave the full speech of this Mexican President, yet I was ready to climb the walls. I was then informed of Hollywood's finest who were invited to the White House for a dinner on this President's behalf.

Suddenly, I felt the Lord reigning me in. Several thoughts came to my mind. First of all, it is not unusual for the White House to invite celebrities to the White House for dinners. Anyone can do a little digging and come up with Republican dinners and Democratic dinners with famous names. The fact that I don't agree with the stand these celebrities make is not the issue here.

Then, I was reminded of the many foreign heads of other countries who have spoken in our country. Are we posturing ourselves to leap at each opportunity against this government? Are we being manipulated by the press?

On some weeks I hear how our economy is doing much better. Then, Wall Street tells another story. I have listened to news casts that I’ve known leave out facts to make the story more appealing. So, how much should we take in?

Then, I decided to view the actual speech given by the Mexican President. It was difficult to find one without parts being taken out. Yet, I found one which told essentially that he wasn’t ‘Bashing’ the U.S. At least not to my ears. Did he have ulterior motives? Only God knows the heart. I listened as he spoke on the ban for the sale of assault weapons. I agreed that racial profiling isn’t the answer. I do agree in securing our borders.

When I was visiting with my neighbors, it occurred to me that they did not listen to the speech and also did not know what the Arizona Immigration Law was. I went to Wikipedia to get a brief synopsis. It is stated as follows,

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and often referred to simply as Arizona SB 1070)[1] is a legislative act in the state of Arizona that is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades.[2] It has received national and international attention and has spurred considerable controversy.[3]
The act makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents required by federal law, steps up state and local law enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens. The paragraph on intent in the legislation says it embodies an "attrition through enforcement" doctrine.[1]:§ 1[4]
Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters say the law simply enforces existing federal law.[5] The law was modified by Arizona House Bill 2162 within a week of its signing with the goal of addressing some of these concerns. There have been protests in opposition to the law in over 70 U.S. cities,[6] including calls for a boycott of Arizona.[7] Polling has found the law to have majority support in Arizona and nationwide.[8][9][10][11] Passage of the measure has prompted other states to consider adopting similar legislation.[12]
The act was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010.[2] It is scheduled to go into effect on July 28, 2010, ninety days after the end of the legislative session.[13][14] Legal challenges over its constitutionality and compliance with civil rights law are expected.[15][16

I might be writing with crayons and fingerpaints again but I'm not sure this is so horrible. With the terrorist’s threats coming in droves, doesn’t it seem good to secure our borders a bit? What do other countries do? Ever get caught without papers in Iran? Russia?

I could easily have had plenty to get angry and post sarcastic and demeaning comments. Yet, God chose for me to dig a little deeper.

Then I remembered what the bible said starting in 2 Corinthians 10:3….’for though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’

I did not vote for this government and I won’t vote for it in the next election. But, I WILL pray for this government and this nation to turn to Christ. In a world where Hollywood dictates to our children what moral values mean, we as Christians need to fight on our knees for the kingdom of God to take hold. We need to teach Christ to our children, and be living examples of Christ. We fight not against flesh and blood but spirits and principalities in dark places. There is still a remnant of believers in this nation who understand that we stand for a higher government.

Let’s not get carried away with demonstrations that result in violence. Let’s not resort to threats and words of hate. Above all, let’s not get sucked in to the medias tactics of exaggeration, taking things out of context and fear tactics. If this be a call to arms, let it be armed with the word of God. He told us we would always have trials but that He would be with us in them.

Jesus didn’t spend a lot of time discussing politics. [I know folks will disagree] He said, ‘Pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s’.’ He was more interested in establishing the Kingdom of God.

People’s hearts and minds won’t be changed by a man made government anyway. Only God can change the heart. My heart is this…pray for our government. Resist the urge to draw out anger and useless energy in violence. Fight on your knees and in the voting booths!

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