A tornado of social, legal, political, and moral conflicts is pounding our nation and society, and I struggle to snag anything in my mind long enough to understand it and decide how I should deal with it. They’re all whipping around together, but it’s not immediately obvious how—or even if—they are really connected.
The election. The most liberal candidates want to fundamentally transform the US into a socialist government, while the most conservative candidates are trying to return our government to its constitutional roots. Those in between seem to be grasping for whatever they can get hold of.
One of the two front-running candidates gives every appearance of being a pathological liar, cheater, and power-grabber, with no regard for law or morality, while the other became famous by exploiting his caustic personality and narcissistic lifestyle, and shows every intention of running his presidency (if elected) the same way.
Terrorism. Although terrorism has been common in some countries for some time, it’s just now becoming a real possibility for many of us, forcing us to second-guess our moral compass on issues like how to show compassion to war-worn refugees, and whether to buy firearms to protect our homes and families.
The press. Instead of performing their proper role of dispassionately informing the public of important events and issues, major media outlets have become the unashamed spokespeople for political agendas, actively trying to shape public opinion by filtering and spinning the “news” they broadcast and publish.
Education. Instead of exposing our young people to the widest possible spectrum of ideas and philosophies so they can learn to think intelligently for themselves, our universities are becoming hermetically sealed quarantine bubbles to “protect” students from any ideas that might “offend” someone.
Public middle and high schools are being forced to cater to individual students claiming silly self-perceptions of sexual identity, forcing other students to be exposed to potential (if not likely) sexual predators.
Illegal immigration. Our president allows and even encourages thousands of people to illegally enter our country, using up resources that our own impoverished citizens—many of them veterans—desperately need.
Innocent deaths. Our leaders get all up in arms about horrible mass and individual shootings that kill thousands of people each year, while at the same time supporting the heinous murder of hundreds of thousands of babies through abortion.
Freedom of religion. The government is caving to pressure to force committed and devout Christians to compromise moral tenants of their faith in the hypocritical guise of preventing discrimination.
So what is to be made of all this? It would be easy to become overwhelmed and paralyzed by it all, and to imagine that our society will continue to disintegrate until we destroy it completely.
David responded well:
The Lord delivers and vindicates me!
I fear no one!
The Lord protects my life!
I am afraid of no one!
When evil men attack me
to devour my flesh,
when my adversaries and enemies attack me,
they stumble and fall.
Even when an army is deployed against me,
I do not fear.
Even when war is imminent,
I remain confident.
I have asked the Lord for one thing –
this is what I desire!
I want to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord
and contemplate in his temple.
He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger;
he will hide me in his home;
he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit.
Now I will triumph
over my enemies who surround me!
I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy!
I will sing praises to the Lord!
Hear me, O Lord, when I cry out!
Have mercy on me and answer me!
My heart tells me to pray to you,
and I do pray to you, O Lord.
Do not reject me!
Do not push your servant away in anger!
You are my deliverer!
Do not forsake or abandon me,
O God who vindicates me!
Even if my father and mother abandoned me,
the Lord would take me in.
Teach me how you want me to live;
lead me along a level path because of those who wait to ambush me!
Do not turn me over to my enemies,
for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me.
Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
the Lord’s favor in the land of the living?
Rely on the Lord!
Be strong and confident!
Rely on the Lord!
Psalm 27 (NET)
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