Thursday, November 8, 2012

Why Are You Still Mad?

I Corinthians 3:3

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?

This election has a lot of people torn up. It seemed that the “Pink Elephant” in the living room of America was racism as it relates to the outrage over this election. One place where race played a factor is Oxford, Mississippi, where Ole Miss students "exchanged racial epithets and violent, politicized chants" after Obama's re-election was announced, according to the student-run Daily Mississippian. University police had to "forcibly disperse" a crowd from a popular gathering spot on campus, the paper said.

It's all part of the election season's bluster cycle, and while partisan hot air is typical this time of year. This year's squabbling has been "palpably ugly," even if most of it is just talk, said Jerrold Post, director of George Washington University's political psychology program and author of "Political Paranoia: The Psychopolitics of Hatred."

Asked if he thought Obama's race played a part in the vitriolic nature of the polemics around the country, Post said it "seems to be an issue that was played upon, but you can certainly have hatred and delegitimization with two white candidates as well."

Watching the students in Ole Miss revolt with racial epithets took me back to 1962 when James Meredith integrated the University of Mississippi and the citizens started shooting at the National Guard. Why is there so much racial tension after all these years of progress toward equality? Because we are still worldly. We get our information from the world but we are not tuned into God’s heart. Only Love can conquer hate.

When there is a lack of Spiritual connection with God, we cannot understand God’s agenda when the outcome doesn’t fit our cognitive understanding influenced by worldly propaganda and spin.

Paul said it best to the church in Corinth that was split and arguing who was the better Apostle. They were arguing over Paul verses Apollos. Paul had to remind them that they were from the same body but they had a lot of maturing to do in the things of God. Paul said, But people who are unspiritual don’t accept the things from God’s Spirit. They are foolishness to them and can’t be understood, because they can only be comprehended in a spiritual way. (I Cor. 2:14) Until we have the mind of Christ we will be stuck in jealousy, fits of rage, and quarreling. In order for us to move forward together we must:

  1. Boast about Jesus not men. I Corinthians 1:31 Neither candidate was Jesus. Jesus Christ was not on the ballot the best we can do is vote our conscience and trust Jesus for the outcome. Neither candidate is the Messiah but God is still in control.
  2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 2:16 if we are going to discern God’s will through all of this and love each other in the process we must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  3. Re-Build this country on the foundation of Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:10-11 Partisan politics cannot be our base. Racism and hatred cannot be our base. Jesus Christ must be the foundation in order for us to rebuild and everything we use to build will be tested by the fire.

Dear God,

Help us to rebuild this country together. Please take away the hurt and anger from the hearts of the people who are disappointed. Help those of us who support the President to be loving and patient with those who are not as supportive. We can get more accomplished together than we can apart. Unified we stand and divided we fall. Unite us by your Sprit that we may go Forward.

In Jesus Name,


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