I admit to not having a very full grasp of the times we live in. As an example, watching the race for President bothers me because my choices will either be to vote for someone I don’t trust, don’t like, and don’t agree with, or vote for someone with no chance of winning. Of course I could abstain from voting but that seems preposterous. It seems the best option is to vote for the ‘lesser of the two evils’ and pray for our nation.
There are many issues being discussed in the market place of ideas that leaves me confused. One current hot topic is transgender bathrooms. The term transgender is an attempt to normalize an abnormal behavior. Is calling a person a cross-dresser really offensive? Is a rational person really to believe that identifying yourself as something you are not an acceptable practice? I cannot imagine being charged with public urination and using the defense “I identify myself as a dog.” Yet here we are in a time that radical members of the LGBT community have placed people in positions of authority and they are doing a remarkable job of pushing their agenda. It is hard to imagine anyone even thinking it a good idea to open public restrooms to anyone without discretion. But it is easy to imagine pedophiles and perverts taking advantage of such an opportunity.
Even the Christian community confuses me. There are those who prosper with a feel good theology that sells lots of books. There is nothing wrong with positive thinking unless it creates guilt feelings because life still happens. Then again, profiteering prophets have been around since religion began. I have experienced “pulpit bullies”, and smiling con artists within the church. The defense has always been the mantra of respecting spiritual leaders. I could not agree more. At the same time I have little to respect about those who would lead for purely personal gain. To make matters worse there are too many Christians who will use Jesus memes on social media but do not live a life that indicates any love for their neighbors. Far too often it is those who claim to be a follower of Christ that lead the charge toward immoral behavior. As a whole it’s understandable why many people shy away from our churches.
The old axiom of stating a problem without offering a solution is just complaining comes to mind as I write. Starting with 1 Timothy 2:1-4 here is a proposed solution; I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
I am not very good at praying. A tendency is to rely on my own talents and understanding. Most likely you are in a similar place. This passage also indicates the ability, through prayer, to live peaceful, quiet lives. Neither peace or prayer is passive, both require action. To obtain God’s peace in our lives will require prayer and action. We Christians cannot continue in our own ways of trying to change the world. We must learn to pray and listen to God. Within our own communities we must develop leaders that are Christ focused. These leaders must be in every workplace from restaurants, drivers, factories, all the way through city, state, and national leaders. This will only happen through prayer and peaceful dedication to change!
Rev. Burt Schwab