My mother was always insistent that unless I could be in on the beginning of a trend it was best to not jump on the bandwagon in the ninth inning.  For this reason I am announcing today


For certain I am one of only a few of the scores of Americans who has not announced they will be running for the office.  

Politics is a dirty business these days.  You are placing yourself on the judgement seat for the entire country and will be exposed to the entire world for every mistake, mis-spoken word, stupid remark, and any other politically incorrect thing you have ever done.  Not only that, but you are also exposing your entire family to the same microscope of discovery.  It is truly beyond me why ANYONE would want to run for president. 

Add to that your own party (political family) will fight, bicker, name call, and attack every thought you have ever considered having during the race. For the months leading up to the primaries and continuing until the last person standing, your political family will do their best to destroy your reputation and attack your integrity.

Then we have the party conventions and we all kiss and make up and join together for a few rounds of "Kum Ba Yah."  Only those with thick skin could possibly act like they like each other after the months of debasement and ridicule.  I have noticed that seldom is one of the "Other Runners" chosen to be the running mate.  Perhaps there are some lingering hard feelings!  But for the sake of politics, we all join hands and attack the new enemy--those in the other party!

And then we have another round of announcing to the world every flaw and incorrect thought each candidate has every had.  Speaking of pulling back layers, this is not introspection but inspection by those who are delighted to pull back our layers and expose every moment of our entire life to the rest of the country.

What happened to the days of polite agreement to disagree?  When did it become the norm to campaign by attack?  I enjoy healthy debate, but this is not debate this is all out frontal attack.  We do not seem to be able to debate with respect anymore.  Gone are the days of sticking to the issues and hands off families.  All is fair and fair is a moving target on a downward spiral.

All of this serves as a distraction from that which is eternally important.  The media loves to whip us all up into a frenzy of hatred.  When our eyes are turned toward man, they are off Jesus.  The love we profess as Believers is put on the back shelf when it comes to the opposing political party.  What a sad state of affairs.  

This is my last political statement for this year.  About once a year I forget and step into the cess pool of politics.  Forgive my momentary lapse into that which is temporal.  I am back to the eternally important--Jesus.


27 “But to you who are listening I say:
 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.
 If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
 30 Give to everyone who asks you,
 and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? 
Even sinners love those who love them.
 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you,
 what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 
34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment,
 what credit is that to you? 
Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, 
and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.
 Then your reward will be great, 
and you will be children of the Most High, 
because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Matthew 6:27-36

1 comment

  1. I must agree, Lulu, that politics has become a cesspool, and the media likes nothing better than to whip folks up into a frenzy of hatred, not to mention exposing every candidates vulnerabilities. All I can say is anyone running for the office has an ego of enormous proportions. Yes, I choose, with you, to focus on Jesus, and simply let all the turmoil spin away from me.
    Blessings, my friend!


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