Some thoughts on this day of political primaries…

**I wrote this back in 2008, right before the Presidential elections. I felt it appropriate to resurrect it on the day when those of us in Florida head to the polls for our primaries. Our country is is trouble. If there is any hope to save it, we have to make the move now, during this election season. The real question is, though…is there still hope? Or, rather, since it can be argued that there’s always hope as long as we stand…does our country WANT to be saved?**

I always find, when I talk about the Presidential elections with someone, that what you’re most passionate about dictates what you think about and who you’ll vote for canidate-wise. It was the same during the Republican primaries. If your main concern was the economy, you were more than likely behind Romney. If your main concern was the war, you were more than likely behind McCain. I’m finding that with the McCain/Obama deal. A lot of Canadians I talk to think Obama is the coolest thing since sliced bread. They don’t understand why I don’t really care for him. Well, I guess it’s because of what my primary concern is. It’s not the war, though that’s important. It’s not the economy, although it affects me greatly. Both of those things take a back burner to my primary concern: morality.

My primary concern this election season is which Presidental team is going to be morally right for our country. Forget the war, forget the economy. I believe a lot of the reason we’re in the state we’re in now, with the war and economy, is because of the loss of our morality, the basic principles this country, and humanity itself, was built upon. If you really think about it, why did Al-Qaeda target our country during 9/11? They blamed us for the immorality that was ruining their “world”. Our Hollywood. Am I saying that if we were a moral country 9/11 would never of happened? Absolutely not; they really wanted to attack us…they probably would have come up with another reason. But our immorality, what we are now letting slide, is attracting worldwide attention.

But this begs another question. Has the United States gone too far? Is there a point that can be passed where we can’t go back to the way things were meant to be? The way they were in the beginning? If so, have we passed that point?

Maybe I’m way offbase. But in my mind, I kind of parallel it with a section of Scripture in Hebrews. There is a section of verses in that book that I have never understood, that seemed to violate my beliefs of second chances and the ability to rededicate after backsliding. The NIV puts Hebrews 6:4-6 this way:

4It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

I will still confess I don’t totally understand that verse. But could this verse fit the principle of going too far? Is it possible to go so far against God that there’s no way you can come back? Or is it speaking with the foreknowledge that there are going to be those believers, who know the joys of heaven and salvation, who turn away and go so far that they wouldn’t want to be brought back?

If so, to parallel, if I may, has the United States reached this point? We’ve had it good for a long time, prior to September 11, 2001. We shared in the riches of innocence and power. We tasted the goodness of it. And slowly, through the many decades since the founding of our country, we’ve very slowly, almost gracefully, moved away from it, until now we are barely recognizable compared to the amazing God-fearing country we were known as. Can we ever come back?

CHALLENGE OF THE DAY: Today is your opportunity to exercise your freedom to have a voice, an opinion, in the government. It is a voice many sacrificed much, and some all, for, and a right which people risk their lives to come to our country for. Don’t take that responsibility lightly. Prayerfully consider as you go to the polls whom YOU believe is right for the positions listed, and not what popularity, friends, or family say. While that can be considered, you’re the one who has to stand by your vote at the end of the day. Remember, Jesus would have been the best vote if He would have ran for office, but He most certainly would not have been the popular or media choice! Vote your heart. You’ll sleep better tonight, no matter what the results end up as.