From: Lindsey Stringer
I weighed whether to "go there" with Psalm 49 in light of the tense political climate our country is faced with right now.
“People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.” Psalm 49.12-15
Lately, I have been thinking about how tragic it is that many of us allow politics to become an excuse for not trusting in the Lord. That it is permissible to lash out, scapegoat, and deem as "other" those who do not conform to our political beliefs. And how easily we approve the sayings of our candidate as gospel truth.
I think this is because we fear what we think is the unknown. We fear a world in which we can't control the outcome, where corruption and power without wisdom rule the day. We fear a world where what we believe is just, merciful, and righteous is mocked, belittled, or just ignored.
But we know that Jesus has experienced this cruelty in the greatest injustice possible, and at the hands of a corrupt political system. And he still put his trust in the Father. (Hebrews 2.13)
Pray for our nation and for the right outcome. Work for holiness and God's will through politics if called to it. Love and speak kindly to your brothers and sisters of different political views. And put your trust in Him and not the next president.
I am an edtech management consultant by profession, a financial coach by ministry and insufferably proud to be a Texan. My husband Clifton and I are parents to Evangeline and Anselm.