Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Hope: Amidst Politics
Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
1 Timothy 6:20 (NIV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people... for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
I used to be a CNN junkie. When CNN got mean, I switched to Fox. Fox hosts talked about faith and seemed kinder. Even so, I was still filled by the news, instead of God. Unintentionally. Ugg!

Everything changed when Trump ran for office. The fascination factor drew huge crowds. They were either inspired or furious. As emotions flared, the ratings went up. Higher ratings increased network profits. Ugg!

Polarization and entertainment turned the news into reality TV. Flamboyant comments and fireworks displays (on both sides of the political aisle) prompted us to take sides and shout with them. Ugg!

Where is the hope in the midst of our rants? The same place as God's still small Voice. Unheard. Missing. Waiting for our silent seeking.

Consider some non-political points:

1) Christ refused political involvement, knowing His Father allows our leaders for reasons that remain above our scope.

2) When we're subject to bad rulers and laws, we're supposed to display grace under pressure, instead of our own heated arguments.

3) Everyone needs the relief of hope! Our peaceful presence in a raging world can draw others to the Source of our hope!

## Hope: Amidst Politics (Part 3)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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