“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'” – Marcus Tulius Cicero
That about sums it up. I’m sure everyone is tired of all the turmoil and gnashing of teeth that’s gone on during this 2012 election. I know I’ve avoided it like the plague. While I made sure to be in tune and aware, I didn’t wish to engage in pointless fights. While I have many opinions and concerns – dear Lord, I hope most of it is unfounded – I will share with you one conclusion. Perhaps this is more of an insight as to the condition of the human heart: We are short-sighted and care only about instant gratification – not about the future consequences or bigger picture.
This is true regardless of who we put in office. People tend to vote selfishly. Regardless of these being troubling times for some and happy times for others, let us remember that the victory doesn’t belong to Obama or to the Americans who put him there. It belongs to Christ. He has already won. Place your faith and expectations in Him, not on who’s in office (yes, that IS important and I’m not belittling it). His “Change” happens in the hearts of men and women. He will save and has saved His people – His nation. We may not see it here on earth, just as the disciples and others expectations of who Christ was and what He was going to do looked vastly different in their minds. They thought Christ was going to save them from Rome, from taxes; that He was going to sit on an earthly throne. Praise the Lord that He sees past our fading and frail plans. Go “Forward” with that joy, foundation and hope.