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America In The Gutter

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Shane Goldmacher at Politico says it is the “Ugliest Debate Ever.”  Yeah – pretty well sums it up.  The Norks have nukes, Syria is a nightmare, Obamacare is devastating average American budgets and our candidates are arguing about who is a bigger sexual predator, the aspiring president or the husband and former president of the other candidate.  Living in drought-stricken California, I am not sure I can get a shower long enough to clean this stuff off.

Whatever you do, do not believe the spin.  We’re in uncharted territory here.  No one knows what happened last night, no one knows what’s going to happen today, and sure-as-shootin’ no one knows what is going to happen election day.  Honestly, the only thing we can know is that this is ugly.

The only reaction I find suitable to the current electoral state of affairs in our nation is grief.

Yesterday I wrote about the restoration of the Christian voice in American public affairs.  I blamed the church for its loss.  I am honestly beginning to wonder if it is not time to “shake the dust off our feet.”  No, I am not proposing leaving the country, but I do wonder if the soil is fertile here anymore.

Fact is there is going to be a president elected, and the nation will continue.  But something deep has changed in the nation – much deeper than politics or media.  The vehicles of this change are numerous, from the advent of social media to the decline in education to race relations to foreign policy, but the change itself is far deeper and more fundamental than can be accounted for by those things.  There is a synergistic effect that has altered us at the very core.

I do not have answers.  God puts us in that place sometimes.  It is a reminder that He is in charge – He is bigger than all this.  He can fix this – or not – it is His decision.  Our call is to rely on Him.

Our call is to rely on Him.


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