Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I am the problem... and so are you.

Republican, Democrat, Independant or other fringe group affiliation we all have moments when the government invokes the desire to flee the country in hopes of finding something better elsewhere. I have recently been trying to avoid too much political information, because I find that my emotions get the best of me and I become anxious about the future. I don't want to be uninformed, but I do feel the media can invoke either hope or depression. It is pretty obvious what they are reporting these days.

While I may not have voted for our current president, I still want him to do a good job leading our country. Often I think the Commander in Chief takes the fall for the fruit -loops that write his speeches, tell him what bills to look over, and what things to campaign about. It really is a mystery why anyone would want that job.

In my current readings I have come across some thought provoking statements:

"The genious of the American system is not freedom; the genious of the American system is checks and balances. Nobody gets all the power. It is as if the founding fathers knew, intrinsicaly that the soul of man, unwatched, is perverse."

I agree (which is why this path of bigger government frightens me, but we won't go there). I am thankful for the differing parties because then we can have constructive debate, it is however debateable if our elected officials ever do anything that is constructive. This is a broad generalization and I do know that there are probably a few "good" politicians, so don't take me too seriously.

I also think that while we can, at times, believe that our elected officials are making positive change, they really aren't the ones that are going to accomplish much since...

"I am the problem. I think every concious person, has a moment where he stops blaming the problems in the world on group think, on humanity and authority, and starts to face himself.... The problem is not out there; the problem is the needy beast of a thing that lives in my chest"

Hmmm... what would happen if instead of trying to change the whole world, we each started working on changing (or better yet, letting Him change) the person who looks back at us in the mirror.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but no matter how much you rail at the Dem's or GOP - the real problem is you (and me). Thank goodness I know someone who can take my heart and make it new.

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2Cr 5:17

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