Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Of Politics and Pacifiers

I suffer from occasional bouts of insanity. Thank God I seem to recover quickly.

Take for instance, my consideration of applying to be a community blogger. This is a position advertised by our local paper whereby you agree to post 3 times a week regarding current issues, reply to comments and submit to being a public whipping post. For FREE! Oh yes, sign me right up.

Granted, the reason I considered it is that it galls me that politics has become so political. I know, I know, I’m the eternal optimist who thinks it’s supposed to be about the thoughtful, intelligent exchange of ideas to lead government and formulate laws that are in the best interest of the people and in line with our constitution. How old-fashioned of me.

My passion to speak up is fueled when I read the words of Abraham Lincoln,
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

I love America. I find great comfort in the fact that I’ve read the last chapter of the book and righteousness wins. But it can get awfully messy between here and there.

The continous direction of our government in controlling more and more aspects of our personal lives alarms me on many levels. Did you hear that the FTC has issued a new law governing bloggers that takes effect December 1? Oh yes, it’s true. Michelle at Scribbit has an excellent summary of the 81-page document.

Lest I come across as harsh, I’ll leave you with a picture of goodness, peace and love. She brings joy and hope to my heart. She looks a little concerned about my conversation too, so we'll just have to fix our eyes on the promise in Jeremiah 29:11. And sing a bit- that always helps.


Kelly Combs said...

She's beuatiful. talk about a happy ending!

Krista said...

Oh, you have touched a nerve! I feel so inadequate to discuss politics, but fear we are in the process of giving away our freedoms.

I think sometimes we make such a big deal about a couple of (admittedly important) issues, while losing sight of the big picture. Which is that it would be nice for America to be the long arm of the Lord, but since that's not realistic we need to work to preserve our individual freedom to be God's hands and feet. To say what we want to say, give money to whom we wish, and pursue a lifestyle that can bless others.

Sometimes in preserving our own freedoms we must also work to preserve the freedoms of those who believe differently than us. Which sometimes gets messy, you are so right.

I hope we can find ways to unite as believers and help preserve some of those freedoms.

Scribbit said...

Sweet sweet goodness! :) How cute!

2Thinks said...

She's so beautiful...I can't believe there's going to be a law to govern bloggers. I'll have to go check that out.

We will destroy ourselves, and we've gotten such a good start on it. But you're right, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Focus there and on the beautiful babykins.


Protege said...

I think you would be a great community blogger; you have the right attitude and passion.;)
The baby is adorable.:)

Edie said...

I knew I wouldn't have far to go before I found a Rosebud. :) She's precious even when she looks concerned.

I'm alarmed with you Beverly. After I headed up the Arlington Tea Party for our city, I quickly became completely overwhelmed with the *politics* of it all. I think I have turned into an ostrich because I just can't handle listening to any more. I have no doubt that something is going to happen in this nation, but God will take care of His people.