A guest post written by Fran Esser first posted before the November 2010 elections, we can keep these thoughts in mind during upcoming elections.
New International Bible Version, II Timothy Ch 3 describes Godlessness in the Last Days as follows: “There will be terrible times. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
Sound familiar? Do you wonder how the apostle had such insight about current events? Perhaps it is because much of this stuff has been going on for centuries.
Let not your heart be troubled, isn’t this erroneous activity coming to the surface for a good cleaning? God promises us this healing in II Chronicles 7: 14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.“
During times of uneasiness, the demand for good leadership is more magnified. Election time is always unsettling. Our heads are spinning with political campaigns going full blast in the media and we sometimes wonder how we can make a voting decision amid this turmoil and confusion. Friends tell me they just don’t watch the news.
Rather than stick our heads in the sand, we can make the decision to live in harmony under a God-influenced government. With the help of the Ten Commandments, and that good old Sermon on the Mount, we will be led to separate the wheat (the honest good guys) and not be fooled by the tares, (flashy, self serving candidates with mad ambition). Pharaoh of Egypt had the right idea in choosing Joseph next in line to his throne because of his proven insight and integrity to resist all forms of evil. This resulted in benefiting his country, his fellow man and his own family.
If we see that the divine activity of the universe cannot be destroyed because it is based on a spiritual sense of principle (the source of all law), we will be able to cast a wise vote.
Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to The Scriptures writes this magnificent truth: “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, – whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
Fran Esser is a member of the Mid Valley Interfaith Council, Palm Desert, California.