My Facebook feed (and yours too no doubt) is full of political memes. ‘Tis the season and all… Most of mine are humorous, (you’re welcome), but the saturation of subject has given me pause.
Can either candidate lead the Nation? What if Trump becomes President and ticks off the wrong country? What if I vote for a third option, which takes my vote away from Trump and then leaves us with Hillary and we get sold to China? Happy times…
I think I prefer another option all together. Aliens land and declare humpback whales rulers of all. Yes, that would be better! Until our smoke signal reaches whatever aliens (hopefully amiable) and they come and straighten everything out…What to do?
Come Election Day, vote for who you are burdened to vote for. Vote for yourself if you feel God wishes you to do so, but be true to your convictions. God gave us a heads up in the Bible that we would have times like this.
“…In this godless world, you will continue to experience difficulties…” said Jesus. (John 16:33 MSG) My translation: The squishy stuff WILL hit the fan! OFTEN! Satan, the mighty crap-shooter, delights in filling all our lives with various forms and textures, of…crap. No one I know has ever thanked him for his diligence.
I find it interesting that plants use “crap” to grow. Weeds don’t really need it as they will grow in your rocks, on top of your weed fabric just to spite you. (It’s true, I asked) But gardens? Orchards? Aged manure and dead leaves will yield a bountiful crop. Fresh, all natural fertilizer, however, will burn and often kill plants…but leave the farm cleanings in a pile where the sun breaks it down and then it’s perfect.
Are we weeds? If I am saved then God promises that I am “grafted in,” (Romans 11:17, 19, 24 NKJV)which means that no, I am not a weed, but part of Christ’s special orchard. As much as I would love the ability to grow without fertilizer just like a weed, I can’t. Even though I might envy the weed’s ability to grow with little nourishment I don’t envy their propensity to be uprooted from the ground and blow about constantly nor the other kind that simply choke out every form of beauty around them.
What about synthetic fertilizer? Skip the mess and keep it clean? In modern times those are used on crops more than anything else. It produces huge crops for everyone, but the food that grows is very low in micronutrients. These are the very secret weapons that the body uses to combat toxicity.
Scientists say that the planet is more toxic now than it has ever been. What is toxic? The American Heritage Dictionary says; “Harmful, destructive or deadly.” In the Bible it says; “…As the end approaches, people will be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust and allergic to God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 MSG) I think it’s safe to say that it’s spiritually toxic right now, as well as toxic in other ways.
If synthetic fertilizer doesn’t give the food what we need to combat environmental toxicity, why would synthetic spiritual fertilizer work to put the micronutrients into our spiritual fruit? It doesn’t – it can’t. God said that His people would be known “by their fruit,” (Mathew 7:14, 16, 20 NKJV). So if we try to sanitize our existence and subsist off of clean fertilizer our fruit will lack the very thing it was grown for. That which gives life to others.
What is spiritually synthetic fertilizer? There is mention in the Bible of people who will, “…make a show of religion, have a form of godliness, but deny its power…always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of truth…” (2 Timothy 3:5-7 NKJV) They will never be sold out to God, they will simply add Him like an accessory to their lives. I struggle continually not to be this person as there is no life in such an existence.
While reading “Hinds Feet in High Places,” I came across something I pray I will never forget. This is not a direct quote, but the author discusses how vanquishing evil is not the ultimate victory, but turning it into good. This is the essence of using crap and dead plants to produce nutrient rich food. Christ turned evil to good when He died on the Cross and He can do the same for us.
Only the sun can make farm piles good quality fertilizer and only the Son can take the crap flung in our direction and make it usable to produce nourishing fruit. Fake fertilizer won’t do it and fresh fertilizer will kill. Yes, satan aims to kill my spirit. It’s his greatest wish, but if I’m wise and I give every hurt, pain, bitterness, disappointment, dead dream and heartbreak to God, who is sometimes referred to in the Bible as: Jahovah-Shalom, (God my Peace), He will cause it to bear nutritious fruit – life giving fruit.
This election will determine a lot for our Nation’s future, but do I need to fear satan turning on his almighty crap fan? Only if I’m not in the habit of giving it all to God. I can turn satan’s plans and weapons against him by allowing God to truly embody His title as Adonai, (Master, Lord).