Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Knowledge vs Fear

As election day draws closer I am finding it extremely hard to watch TV or listen to the radio. There are so many political ads and commentaries on the politicians running for office. I don't know who to believe. But there are some men whom I really respect that are talking about the seriousness of this particular election and the possible consequences. It seems our country is on the verge of change - will it be for the better or for worse? These men, like Dr. Dobson, seem to think that we are on the verge of negative change. They believe that if Democrats are elected, that the United States will rapidly become a socialist government. So I started doing a little reading on socialism and found out that one of the basics of socialism is government owned business and can move to having the government tell the people what job they can have,where they can live, how much money they can make, etc. The ideal is to have an egalitarian society - where everyone is equal. However, history shows that every socialist country still had/has two classes of people... the rich and the poor. It's the very people who promote socialism that keep the wealth for themselves.
This is so scary. It is so easy to be afraid of the future - until I put my eyes back on God. He is in control.
Psalm 2:1-4 says:
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

The Lord will take care of His people - all those who have asked Him into their lives, who trust in Him. Psalm 3 says:
O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.

I will not be afraid. I will gather information so that I can vote intelligently, but I will not allow fear to rule me. My trust is not in men, but in God alone.

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