only help my unbelief

Things that are true
November 6, 2008, 10:20 am
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* It is a good thing that an African-American was elected to be president of the United States. I’ve been thinking on that since Tuesday, and the more I think about it, the more amazing I realize it is. It was within the last 50 years that there were significant limitations for people with a different skin color. I know that racism won’t be healed by President-elect Obama simply being in the White House, but maybe some people will be made more aware of their racist tendencies. That would be a good, good thing, because Jesus died to break down walls like that.

* As Christians, pretty much everything is still the same. God is still the same. Our responsibilities are still the same, if not more profound. We are called to be salt and light, and we are called to speak truth into areas where no one is willing to name any absolutes. We are also called to respect those who are put into authority over us, even if we disagree with their policies. It was pointed out to me yesterday that in the New Testament, Peter said to “honor the emperor” when Nero was the emperor of Rome. If early Christians could honor an emperor who killed countless individuals, then we can certainly honor President Obama (who I am obviously not comparing to Nero).

* God speaks to us through His Word. Tuesday night as I crawled into bed, my heart was heavy. I laid awake for a long time thinking about what I mentioned in my post on Tuesday. Before I went to sleep, though, I pulled out my Bible. I started reading through the Psalms last week and was on Psalm 3 on Tuesday. Here’s some of what David says there:

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Iay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. – Psalm 3:3-5

I was so thankful for those verses. It reminded me that I wouldn’t wake up safely in the morning because a certain man was or wasn’t in the White House. God was the one who would take care of me as I slept, and He would sustain me when I woke up the next morning (and He did). The same thing happened last night. I had moved on from sadness over some of the opinions I had heard from Christian to a fair amount of fear of what this presidency will bring. I think some things may be good. But I’m afraid other things may be very evil. Once again, before bed I opened my Bible to Psalms and read Psalm 4:

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:6-8

Once again, God not only spoke to my inability to sleep, but also to exactly what I was feeling. He ALONE makes us dwell in safety, not money or education or the hands or policies of any human. Our one comfort is that God has lifted up the light of His face upon us, and we can sleep securely in that knowledge every night.

* Abortion is still just as much a horror today as it was on Monday. Regardless of who sits in the White House, we have to be vigilant about this. I almost started crying as I read these words from Proverbs this morning:

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? – Proverbs 24:10-12

I hope some of these thoughts are encouraging to those of you who are feeling the same way that I am. I have read some really great articles in the past few days but haven’t had a chance to compile them yet.


November 5, 2008, 12:46 am
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I’m not surprised, but I am kind of sad.

At the same time, I will respect future President Obama.

And I’ll keep praying that he starts caring about the lives of the most defenseless in our country.

Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.

November 4, 2008, 6:37 pm
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For the last several months, I’ve felt largely apathetic about the election. I knew I didn’t like one candidate, and I knew I really didn’t like the other candidate.

Disclosure: I voted for Ron Paul in the primary.

Once John McCain clinched his party’s nomination, I felt disillusioned. But then he chose Sarah Palin, and I was encouraged. Then a few more weeks and the disillusionment came back.

I considered voting third party.

In the last month or so, though, I started hearing all these people bring up abortion on both sides. I’ve always been against abortion, and that was my primary reason for NOT voting for Obama, but was it a good enough reason to vote for McCain?

I decided it was. If only because a vote for McCain may mean that Obama wouldn’t be president.

And so I’ve been content in that decision in the Lord.

This morning I woke up and got on Facebook. And all of a sudden all my apathy regarding this election dissipated. Immediately. A quick review of recent statuses showed a number of people “donating” their statutes to a particular candidate.

I know a lot of people, many of whom I wasn’t surprised to see supporting Obama. And many who I wasn’t surprised to see voting McCain. There was not a single person who was supporting McCain who I was surprised to see. But as I looked over names, my heart shattered into a million tiny pieces.

I don’t know that I’ve ever felt such deep anguish about something that was so much outside of me. It’s not really my business who other people vote for, in a sense. It’s between them and God. But there were so many people on my friends list who say they are Christians who said they were supporting Barack Obama.

I’m not saying that if you support Obama that you’re not a Christian.

I’m also not saying that if you voted third party that you wasted your vote.

Instead, I’m asking a question.

How can a Christian, as much as they dislike John McCain, vote for someone who wants to enact laws that would end up killing more children through abortion than are already being killed?

I’ve been thinking about this all day, sometimes to the point of tears, and I still don’t understand.

I feel like Christians all around me are falling more and more into moral relativism, and they don’t even seem to notice what’s going on. And I’m tired of people saying that there are no absolutes. There are. There is right, and there is wrong, and abortion is wrong.

The more we disregard absolutes, the less we have to stand on.

I can only pray that this election does not turn into a modern-day re-telling of the story of the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:24-27

Sarah Palin – role model or not?
September 2, 2008, 12:20 pm
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I have been reading a lot about Sarah Palin, which isn’t hard these days since she’s all over the news. First there were the stories about her background, which seems really interesting. Then rumors that her fifth child was actually her daughter’s child – a rumor proved false, since the next story was that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, really is pregnant.

I have been excited about Sarah Palin ever since McCain announced her as his running mate, and it seemed like most conservatives and Christians were excited as well. Then last night I ran into some other viewpoints from Christians I really respect that seem to think it’s wrong for her to be in this position.

Voddie Baucham, who is an incredibly godly man, thinks that Palin is decidedly anti-family, though he says so in a gracious way.

And then Nancy Ann Wilson, who writes at Femina, has a completely different take.

I think the point that she is not in church leadership but in civil leadership is well taken. While we never see a woman in a church leadership position in Scripture, we do see Deborah and Esther called by God to impact the people – roles that are similar to the vice presidency. I also think it is a good point that we are not necessarily called to vote for people who are godly Christian role models, although that would be nice.

From what I can see, Sarah Palin loves her family, is vehemently against abortion, believes in strict interpretation of the Constitution, and is supporting her teenage daughter in an incredibly difficult circumstance. So far, these things stand out to me as reasons to vote a McCain/Palin ticket – not as reasons not to.

I’d be interested to hear other opinions.

No fitness, but lots of links
August 29, 2008, 2:25 pm
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Well, as I said at the beginning of the week, I wasn’t promising much in the way of posts. This week has been busy with babysitting, job hunting and one pretty fun Carolina football game that I wasn’t expecting to get to go to.

In two hours or so I’ll be heading up to Tennessee with Christian for Labor Day. We’re excited to get to spend time with his mom and stepdad and with all his friends from school and church.

I have a lot of posts in the works, but for today, I’m going to point you to some stuff from around the web that I’ve found really, really interesting.

* McCain announced his VP pick today – Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska. Back in April, before she was on any radar whatsoever, Al Mohler wrote a post about her son, Trig, who they chose to have even though they knew he had Down’s syndrome. It’s a compelling story that flies in the face of everyone who not only believes in abortion, but those who believe in selective abortion.

* The Boundless blog is running a series of posts by David Powlison about mental disorders and medication. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3, then read a clarification Powlison wrote today. I really appreciate this series, because two years ago I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and the remedy most people recommended was just to take medicine. It was a decision I struggled with for a long time. I think it’s important for every Christian to read posts like these in order to love and serve their brothers and sisters in Christ better.

* Finally, if you haven’t read it yet, check out Donald Miller’s opening prayer at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week. I’d be interested to know what you think.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, a blessed Lord’s day, and a relaxing Labor Day. I’ll see you Tuesday!