Thursday, September 25, 2008

Vote '08

THIS may be one of the coolest shirts ever. (I'm trying to convince the hubby how desperately I NEED one. (In either a medium or small, just in case anyone was wondering...)

I'm heading out to an amazing conference today, but wanted to leave you with some food for thought before I go. A dear relative and I have been conversing a bit about views and politics over the last couple of months. It's considered taboo to talk about religion or politics on your blog, unless you're a religious or political blogger. Well, I am neither. I'm not religious and I'm not political. My faith is simply my life. Some of my readers struggle with that thought, and, in light of this incredibly awesome t-shirt, I thought I would post here part of my email to my dear relative yesterday:

"As for politics, I'm always open to hear views. However, it's not the Republican Party which I favor. It's just that the candidates most representing my values and beliefs tend to hail from that arena. If there were no political parties, I would still support McCain/Palin. Before the field was narrowed I supported Huckabee. It has nothing to do with politics, but with faith and whom will most accomplish God's will for our nation. Democrat/Republican/Independent... none of it much matters. It's the end result.

The more our values soften, the more our morals twist, the more relative truth becomes, the farther into depravity our nation will fall. The foundation of morality is right and wrong. How do you define right and wrong? Well, the foundation of right and wrong is truth. But, how do you define truth? Well, you must have a standard, a measure.

Tom wants to sell Bill a pound of gold. Bill gives Tom the money, and Tom gives Bill a speck that can hardly be seen. Bill gets mad because it's not a pound, but Tom says, "Well, that's a pound of gold to ME." Bill explains that it doesn't weigh a pound according to the scale. But Tom says he doesn't use that scale, he uses his own scale, and on his scale that speck is a pound. Do you see what I mean? The scale is the truth, but Tom has decided he doesn't like that scale, so he uses a different scale, his own scale. Our society has decided that each person can use their own scale to determine what is right and wrong for them. That way people can do what they please and it's right according to their scale, so they feel fine about it. A woman can end her pregnancy and no one should do anything about it, because it's her pregnancy and her body and her scale. The thing is, if you're not using the right measure of truth it doesn't matter how you try to say you're right, because you're not. It doesn't matter how Tom tries to insist he's selling Bill a pound of gold, because he's not.

The standard of measure for our lives is the Bible, the Word of God. If something doesn't line up with God's Truth, then it's wrong. Period.

And that is why I don't base my decisions for candidates on what party they're affiliated with. Of course, they have to be affiliated with a party. That's just how it works in our country. And I never said I was thrilled with McCain. But I'm going with whomever lines up closest to The Standard of Measure, the Word of God."

And that was it. (Consequently, I AM thrilled with Palin.)

To sum things up, our nation has lost its moral compass. True north (The Word of God) has been severely and disgustingly twisted by many and altogether abandoned by countless others. If true north (the standard we base everything else off of) is now relative to each individual, then we're each heading in a different direction. What is "true north" for one person is totally different than what it is for another. Everything is relative. What is right for you is right for you and what is right for me is right for me, whether that be babies, guns, marriage, finances... a proverbial pound is no longer a pound.

"Without guidance from God law and order disappear..." Proverbs 29:18 (CEV)
"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint..." Proverbs 29:18 (NIV)
"Where there is no vision, the people perish..." Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
"When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild..." Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)

My God is the one true God. My north is the one true north. Without Him all is lost. All.

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Christel louise said...

Go Angela! Very curious of the outcome of this election, I have also heard so crazy prophecies around the outcome. May God just work his will. Miss you girl. Hope your birthday was good. I know it was a while ago.

MooBeeMa said...

Couldn't agree more!! Well said!

Lori said...

Well, written, Angela. I always say to myself, "I will stand before God and answer for the choices that I make".. that includes the candidate. For me, it is simple, I vote for life.

Lori :)

*emmy said...

I am ALL pumped UP!!! Girrrrl, I LOVED it when you get all passionate for God and take the risk of speaking the TRUTH. I love this blog!!

Amen. Amen and AMEN!!