by: Cris Corzine-McCloskey
As a mental health practitioner, I feel qualified to say I think our country needs to be on Prozac. The USA is becoming increasingly unstable. We’ve always had factions, but now we have factions against other factions. It’s getting harder and harder to know who we can trust. And while I have never been a conspiracy theorist, it’s evident that something is rotten somewhere.
Truthfully, I’ve never been very political because Jesus did not model that kind of life. I want to be a follower of Jesus, not a follower of man. But while Jesus may not have been political, the Bible is full of stories of shady government dealings and political corruption. Interestingly, those stories show that dirty government officials eventually fall into the trap of their own making. God’s got a sense of humor like that.
There is a story in the Book of Esther about a corrupt politician named Haman, and he hated God’s people. In fact, he hated them so much he devised a scheme to wipe them all out. He even built a gallows to hang his most hated Jewish rival, Mordecai, for all to see. But God was having none of that, and He revealed Haman’s dirty scheme. Then, it ended up being Haman who was hung on that gallows. As it says in the Book of Proverbs, “If you dig a pit for others, you will fall in it yourself.”
However, while I’m not political, I do believe in asking questions when things don’t add up. I am a proud Veteran, and I feel like that’s part of why I served. We have a Constitutional right to ask questions. This country was founded by people who weren’t afraid to throw a tea party when they thought things didn’t add up.
Plus, the Bible says to be shrewd as a snake and innocent as a dove. In other words, don’t believe everything people tell you, but don’t be a part of the problem. Be a part of the solution. I think we can be part of the solution by asking the right questions to the right people. By praying and peacefully standing up and saying “No” when we think things have gone too far. Not by circulating scary stuff on Facebook and arguing with our neighbors.
I also ask you to not make this about which political party someone belongs to. Shady is shady, no matter which side it comes from. Let’s make this a time when we ask God to step in and take over. He’s the only one who can fix this mess we are in.
Here is what I have been praying over our bi-polar country. It’s from Psalm 46 in The Passion Translation, “God, you’re such a powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in times of trouble. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away…Everyone look! Come and see the breathtaking wonders of our God. He brings both ruin and revival. He’s the one who makes conflicts end throughout the earth, breaking and burning every weapon of war. [The Lord says,] ‘Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving, and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the earth.'”
I don’t care which side of the ballot you vote on, or if you believe we should be shut down or opened up, you are probably tired of all this insanity. Let’s pray God brings about the ruin of all the schemes and revival to our country. Let the pit diggers become pit dwellers, and let’s learn to love each other again.