Friday, October 3, 2008

A Change of HEART...

As I sit here pondering last night’s VP debate, I can’t help but think about what is at stake in this coming election. As I look around me at our society, a great sadness comes over me because of how things have changed in America. I may be preaching to the choir here but I feel that I need to get some things off my chest….

I hate that I can’t sit with my family and watch a TV show that doesn’t have references to sex, profanity, and my Lord‘s name in vain. I hate that even the commercials sell their products using suggestive comments and lures. I despise the advertisements for shows that I wouldn’t dare let my children view that use clips that are shocking and shameful just to get you intrigued. I hate that my dear friend Angela who is an RN regularly sees teens having babies and countless teens with an STD. Yet as a society we brush it off. We laugh and snicker at the “entertainment”. We not only tolerate abortion, homosexuality, extra-marital sex, couples living together though not married, lying, cheating, self-absorption and so much more, we embrace it. We pay money to see it and we invite it into our homes. We have abandoned the values of the Bible and made up our standards, based on nothing but our own self-justified desires.

Please take the time to read Romans 1:18-32.… (then my follow-up comments below)

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those
who practice them.

All of this brings me to my point of the election. Let me stress that NEITHER party fully represents the values of the Bible. But we must look carefully at critical issues, issues that are most important to our God. There is simply no comparison when we look at these deeply important moral issues and Obama DOES NOT embrace these values of our Sovereign God. Obama disturbs me to the core…and though I do not believe he is the anti-Christ, I do believe he is a forerunner. And I know that the economy is the biggest concern these days (believe me, we are feeling the crunch in our household), I’m convinced that if we humble ourselves before God, the economy will take care of itself.

I beg you to not only prayerfully consider who you will vote for, but that you would carefully consider the condition of your heart. Are you surrendered to Him? Do you seek Him daily (prayer and reading the Bible)? Do you ask Him to remove areas of pride and other sin? REAL CHANGE starts from within the hearts of each of us…not from a candidate.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14


Mom Of Many said...

Thank you, Lori, for your courage to speak the truth! And we'll keep praying and fasting and begging God for mercy on America! You are loved sweet friend!

Jean said...

Thanks Lori, great post!! My heart cannot get past the abortion issue- it is not okay no matter which way you want to look at it.
Praise our Lord, Jesus!

Carla said...


I have faithfully followed your story on Journey To Me as you became a family with little Lily. You certainly have been a blessing and a joy. I have 3 sons and also live in the Midwest.

Even though I have never left a comment, today's post deserves much accolade. This election also has been heavy on my heart and I too, truly feel, as a nation, we need to bend our knees in disobedience. It saddens me to think how far away from God this country has turned.

Thank you for such a powerful post. You are always wonderful to read, but today was especially great!

Praying with you,

Carla said...

Oh, how embarassing... Yes, I know your daughter's name is Lucy... No, I can't think clearly when my 3 year old is 'demanding' his lego magazine be found NOW. Sorry for the mix-up... Great first impression, right?


Stefanie said...

Well said! And like you, I get a very disturbing feeling from Obama.
Thank you for the reminder that we ALL need, our society is in a very sad state, God is the only solution!!

Elissa said...

Great post! It is so important that believers really consider the importance of this election.

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