Am I a Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative?

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Much to do about nothing!

Much to do about nothing! REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT
Blood pressures are running high, tempers are boiling over, and emotions are all over the map. Some violently declare their opinions and if you happen to be on the wrong side of their views, their reaction is explosive. You are an idiot at best or at worst, an enemy who needs to be extinguished. And though all this makes for higher ratings and creates more money for the news organizations, what is my response to be? Am I a Republican or a Democrat? A liberal or a conservative?

The Rift: Republican or Democrat, A liberal or conservative

The Rift- Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative
I don’t know about you but the current rift between Americans of differing political views has become such a trigger for my reaction. I am easily whirled up into frenzy. We’re becoming adrenaline junkies who respond and react to the newest reports. Not just monthly or weekly but often many times a day. And in my opinion, I don’t believe either party is for America. It’s all godless and disturbing. It’s destructive and fear riddled. So am I a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative? The answer is fast becoming “none of the above.” How did I get here? Because these labels have no meaning anymore.

Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative?
Though the line of division that separates the populace is becoming a chasm of epic proportions, the distinction between the governing parties is becoming fuzzier and more unrecognizable. And you may ask, “Hey John, why are you discussing US politics?” Because as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to make known the only distinction that actually labels our lives: whether or not we are in the Will of God. Our only question as disciples should be, “What is the will of God?”

As Seen in the Life of Nehemiah

When I was seeking the Father for His response to this in me, He took me to Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a man of God, under authority in a godless kingdom. And he faced a similar quandary. There was much talk to distract from the true point and focus, which was the will of God. Nehemiah wasn’t looking for a label to define his person or views; he was seeking the Person with the View. All the chatter was only to dissuade and divert him from God and God’s will. The “mouths” of his day were proclaiming doom, gloom and destruction in order to capture Nehemiah’s heart from God and prevent him from keeping his attentions on the will of God.

Nehemiah was directed to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem; it wasn’t to swim in the septic tank of opinions. God’s WILL was his focus, not those who willed on their own. And he would NOT listen. He refused to even come down off his ladder. He didn’t let them get into his head! God was his voice alone.

Keeping the Fight: Republican and Democrat, Liberal and Conservative

Keeping the Fight: Republican and Democrat, Liberal and Conservative
There is a similar attempt by the godless majority now. Their goal is to keep us fighting and fearful so we will not be focused and faithful. Oh Jesus, have mercy on us. We sheep are easily frightened and too quick to listen to another’s voice. What is God saying to US?! Is He asking us to fixate on the crisis du jour or to be unentangled and prayerful?

My temptation is to feed these shouting voices with my attention and gaze. They’ve simply become carnival barkers, attracting curiosity to capture focus. I personally feel like I’m a rubbernecker, ogling that train wreck you just can’t pull your eyes from. But God says, “What is My will?” Just because I am a citizen of this country doesn’t mean I owe anyone or anything free access to the revolving door of my heart. My heart and ear are for the Father and His Will alone. He must direct my attention and guide my consumption of information.

No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his Commanding Officer.
2 Timothy 2:4 NIV

Comments:

Posted by jp
April 22, 2017 at 7:10 am

“Nehemiah wasn’t looking for a label to define his person or views; he was seeking the Person with the View”. Wow! Thanks John for the encouraging perspective…

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Posted by Marsela
April 21, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Very true, John. The enemy would have us put our attention in those things to drag us down. And we have zero power in ourselves. We can’t afford to take our eyes off of Jesus for one split second. When we do, we sink in whatever kind of water that surrounds us. Events, things, voices, have and will always compete for our attention, to distract us from keeping our eyes on the Lord and from hearing His voice alone. There is no other way to run this race, but to continuously look unto Him, and shut the door to any other voice but His. Jesus is our only healthy occupation.
Jesus does not serve the agenda of any group, organization, political party or what have you. He serves the will of the Father alone.

” And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” ~ Joshua 5:13-15

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    Posted by tammy
    April 22, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Thank you for this scripture Marsela. For me, it is most appropriate in light of Johns blog. I need to remember it constantly.
    “…as a Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”

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Posted by Susan
April 21, 2017 at 6:29 am

I want to thank you for this article. Very enlighten. I am wondering the same thing. Have a God bless day.

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    Posted by John Enslow
    April 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Bless you Susan, in my next post (coming out Thursday) I will give a living example of this. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by and reaching out.

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Posted by tammy
April 21, 2017 at 6:27 am

“…I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,…” 2 Corinthians 10:2-5

With the plethora of avenues for instant world-wide news, we learn on-the-spot of each new tragedy. They pile one on top of the other in such rapid succession one can scarce take it in and have time enough to listen for prompts of intercession before the next occurs. The layers run together like syrup running down a stack of pancakes. It all gets too mingled and sticky to separate. It would seem we are witnessing the process of desensitization unfold before our very eyes. Eventually news will no longer be “News” but the “Norm.” But!

“…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

Father, show me Your will concerning Your heart for the lost. Amen.

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    Posted by John Enslow
    April 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I wish the drippings were sweet…but alas NO! My goal is just not to allow the barrage of media nonsense to make me desensitized to His voice about our surroundings. Mercy indeed Tammy! Miss you.

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      Posted by tammy
      April 22, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Miss you too John. Praying everything is well and wonderful on your side of the mountain! Love to all.

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