I was driving home from work the other day and as I did I passed Calvary Baptist Church. The marquee in front of the church had a sign that read, “Have you prayed about it, as much as you have talked about it?” and it started me thinking.
We have heard it said that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and yet expecting a different result. A few days ago, I turned fifty. For the better part of my life politics in our country has mostly followed the same format. Gripe, complain, bellyache and fuss. Like when trying to get a stubborn stain out of a shirt. Wash, rinse and repeat. Yet when it comes to the stain, we will change detergents or methods once we determine that what we are doing is clearly not working.
Politically we have talked about the problem, complained about the politicians, and bellyached and fussed over the results. Repeatedly. Yet no matter which party or politician we place in office, the results remain the same. Classic insanity.
We have limited ourselves to two choices. We must do this or that, pick this one or that one. I am reminded of a story in the Bible where the religious leaders provided Jesus with two choices. The woman caught in the act of adultery; stone her or let her go free? They thought they had Jesus right where they wanted Him. So what does he do? He bows down and begins to write on the ground. The Bible does not say it, but I believe he was stalling, praying. Father, what would you have me do? The Law of Moses says stone her, but I am preaching forgiveness and grace. Then He stands up and says, “None of the above! I choose letter C.”
Well, he actually said, "He who has not sinned, cast the first stone." You see He was not limited to choice [G1] A or B. He received a better answer.
We have limited ourselves to two choices. We must do this or that, or we must be have it this way or that way. Maybe we should do what the sign says. We have talked about it sufficiently, but have we prayed about it. Have we checked to see if maybe there is another answer? If prayer is not your thing, or if you don’t believe in that stuff, it is okay. A 2014 Pew Research Center Survey says that 55% of Americans say they pray every day.
What if the 55% of us who believe in prayer, actually spent as much time praying about our nation, as we do complaining about our leaders. The leaders that oddly enough, we chose. We do not have to limit ourselves to two choices. Democrat or Republic. We have allowed the limitation, and then chosen to live in it and with it.
Why don’t we live on the wild side and try something different? How about we actually go to the One who knows everything, and ask for the mercy it would require to get us out of the mess we have made.
Chance Erwin is a Christian husband, father, Marine, patriot, citizen and Renaissance Redneck. He can be reached at email@example.com.