I predict future happiness for Americans
if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them.
-- Thomas Jefferson
I used to listen to a lot of talk radio, especially when the children were small. Les got me hooked on it, and I grew in knowledge and understanding regarding politics. I was able to discern what I truly believed and with whom I felt comfortable aligning myself. Consequently, though I have no party bandwagon to jump on, I find I must place myself squarely on the conservative side of nearly every issue.
Therefore, when Mr. Obama became president, I withdrew from my daily dose of conservative talk radio. The future was too bleak, too scary. I couldn't take all the doom and gloom forecasts. I had a family to nurture, a home to keep, a church family to care for, an internet community to connect with. I couldn't let my emotions derail or disable me from my duties and responsibilities. However, I continued to listen to talk radio every once in awhile and even subscribed to our representative's email alerts. I needed to know how and what to pray for.
Therefore, throughout the day yesterday, I prayed privately and with our church folks about the pending health care legislation. Last night, Les and I watched the vote live on the internet, then we shut her down and went to bed. We slept well and have now awakened to a fresh day, a new week free of fear and care.
Some are at their wit's end this morning. Some are so depressed they can't get out of bed (or off the internet). Some are even planning how they can move their families out of the country. (Hello! Where can you go where socialism won't eventually follow you? Hm?)
Nope. I refuse to go there. I have a family to nurture, a home to keep, a church family to care for, an internet community to connect with. I choose not to let my emotions derail or disable me from my duties and responsibilities. Oh, sure, I'll keep myself informed of what's going on in Washington; I'll still do whatever has to be done to adjust our family budget to the tax and law demands of our oppressive government; and I'll still pray earnestly for deliverance. But, I will not faint. I will continue to lean on the everlasting arms of our Almighty and Sovereign God.
Here are a few verses which immediately come to mind when I think about what our congressman, Pete Hoekstra, called "[a bill which] permits taxpayer-funded abortions, cuts into Medicare, and will bankrupt future generations:"
"O our God, wilt thou not judge them?
for we have no might against this
great company that cometh against us;
neither know we what to do:
but our eyes are upon thee."
(II Chronicles 20:12)
"It is time for thee, LORD, to work:
for they have made void thy law."
"...Save us, O God of our salvation,
...and deliver us from the heathen,
that we may give thanks to thy holy name,
and glory in thy praise."
(I Chronicles 16:35)
"What time I am afraid,
I will trust in thee."
"And he [Christ] spake a parable unto them to this end, that
men ought always to pray, and not to faint..."
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings,
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a
quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
(I Timothy 2:1,2) [emphasis mine]
It doesn't matter who is in the White House
as long as God is on the throne.
Now the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope,
through the power of the Holy Ghost.
-- Saint Paul (Romans 15:13)