Some Friday Thoughts (At the End of a Long Sick Day�)

I�m tired. And disgusted. And dismayed. And depressed.

�About what?� you might ask. Well, since you might ask, that�s as good as actually asking, so here goes�

I�m tired of politicians � on all sides. I�m tired of the left-leaners getting their bloomers in a bind about the supposed antics of the right-leaners. I�m tired of people criticizing the One Guy for his supposed faith, and then turning right around and canonizing the Other Guy because of his. I�m tired of some people yakking on and on about how Jesus couldn�t be for One Guy, because He wouldn�t appreciate the position One Guy takes. All the while, as they�re criticizing and belittling the �simplistic WWJD kind of faith� of the One Guy, they use their own version of a �simplistic WWJD kind of faith.�

I�m tired of Big Media telling me what to think and how I ought to vote. I�m tired of Big Media slanting their stories one way or the other. I�m tired of the attitude that says, �Don�t confuse me with facts; my mind�s already made up.�

I�m pretty much disgusted by those believers who loudly proclaim that God is not a partisan, and then go on to try to convince me that He really is, after all, on �their� side.

I�m pretty much disgusted by the people on all sides who try to make Their Guy out to be some incarnation of the Lord. I�m disgusted by the blind hatred, especially from those who have elevated themselves to a high and mighty position of supposed enlightenment.

Yes, our allegiance as believers is to the King. But the King has chosen to allow us to live in this time and in this place, and He is pretty clear about His desire that we influence our time and place for the Kingdom. I understand the tension between being a �good believer� and a �good citizen.� I understand that our government officials are not perfect, they are not infallible, and that their actions don�t always match their rhetoric. But I�m also proud to be a citizen of this nation. I believe this �great experiment� in freedom and liberty is a pretty darned good thing, if allowed to function the way it was designed.

I�m not a warmonger. I don�t want to see anybody die � on �our� side or �theirs.� But I realize we live in a fallen, imperfect world, where people, families, and nations don�t always get along. I understand that ignoring bullies only enables them to become worse bullies. I sense that the strong have an obligation to stand up for the weak.

I�m dismayed by the people on all sides who try to say that our government �ought� to be more concerned with one issue or another because that�s the �Jesus� way, while summarily dismissing those who may be just as committed to Jesus, but see a different role for the government. I�m dismayed by those who yell that the government �must� be involved in carrying out the �social agenda� of the Kingdom, while vehemently denying its place in the �moral agenda� of the same Kingdom. And vice versa.

I’m not through ranting. But you’re tired of reading. And I’m tired of thinking about it right now. There may be more to come…