tonight, i spent some time watching the democratic national convention. am i a democrat? no. will i be voting for john kerry in november? not likely. but is that the point? not in the least.
i watched the convention because i needed a jolt of reality. a sobering moment, if you will, to look at the state of mind and heart of some citizens in this country. to see the faces of rabid people swarming in a frenzy over the hope that some political candidate will be able to impact their lives - and hearts and families and the other things they hold dear - in a permanent, profound way. (and please do not misunderstand me here; i am not under the impression that the republican convention will be any different.)
let me say this while i have a chance: i do not hold the belief that it is possible to be that consumed with politics and in a similar way consumed with the person and work of Jesus Christ.
and as a citizen of God's kingdom, it is my duty to concern myself first and foremost with the goings-on of His word, His spirit, His heart. as the (sometimes sappy but in a gosh-don'tcha-love-his-songs kind of way) Christian artist ray boltz so appropriately penned,
so will i be voting in the presidential election this fall? yes, because i feel like it's my responsibility as a citizen of this country in which God has placed me. but will the outcome of this election, will my political party affiliation, will my support or rejection of any social issue or economic agenda make or break my acknowledgement of truth at the end of the day? no way. not now. not ever.
to the Lamb of God who bore my pain, who took my place, who wore my shame, i will seek to honor His commands. I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.'
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