Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rise to glory?

Okay, enough of the frivolous for the time being. I haven't seen many other moms out there posting on all of the election brouhaha (a noisy clamorous response to a stimulus, produced by a crowd - just love that word) that's going on in the news around us. Not saying that we aren't all thinking about it, just not noticing much discussion. Personally, I would love to duck down and lay low until the election is over, but I have to be completely aware and educated about the future of our country and where it is headed. This year God has laid on my heart the call to motherhood and part of that call is to shepherd my children not only at this present time, but to also pray for their future and to guide them as they enter a culture and society that is "anti-Christian" to put it mildly.

I don't think it's any secret that I have pretty conservative values. I've never been starstruck with Barack Obama and see his campaign as pure hype- very, very little substance . I am amazed at his lack of values in his voting record, that is, when he votes at all.

So wouldn't you think I'd be pleased as punch when McCain announces his running mate as Sarah Palin? I have to be honest, the first thing I felt was a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I couldn't quite put my finger on it for a moment, but I soon realized what a game this is to both parties. Where are "We the People" in all of this? No doubt, it was a smart move to re-energize the Republican base. As I sat here and watched Sarah Palin give her speech at the Republican National Convention I have to say I was and am impressed with her. I mean, what is there not to like about her?

I really do want to cheer her on. "Go get it girl! You can have it all! Be the one to shake up Washington! Show those men how it's done!"

However, I cannot. I just cannot. My heart's cry is that she would answer her call, her God-given call. Am I to believe she has so much time left over after parenting 5 children- one with special needs- that she is looking for something to do with all that free time? Good grief- I only have three children and I have a hard enough struggle with what sometimes feels like too few hours in the day.

Motherhood is so misunderstood and devalued. Sometimes I just cannot get my mind around it all. I wish I had some answers. I don't know where to go from here other than God's word. I will continue to pray for the candidates on both sides - we will need God more than ever no matter who is in office. I will continue to pray that I will take this election seriously- especially for my children's future and as a way to participate as a citizen of an incredibly messed-up but wonderfully free country.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Proverbs 24:20-22
20For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out. 21My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change, 22For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

NOTE: As a disclaimer, I'm not using scripture to justify my position. It is a call to me to continue to put my hope and trust in the Lord, not man. In politics, like so many other things, corruption abounds and unfortunately neither party is perfect.


Sara said...

I feel you about Sarah. I was impressed as well. But during Rudy Guliani's speech I turned to Chuck and said "If I had just had a Down's Syndrome baby and had 4 other kids, one of whom was pregnant, I would not have accepted the offer of the vice-presidency. I would feel like I was abandoning my kids." Right after I said that, Rudy made some remark about no one ever questioning the men who run for office about their care for their families. That didn't sit right with me. I've never had the drive to be a career woman, so I can't understand her situation completely, but I do think it's sad that, if McCain is elected, she won't be able to be very involved with that little 10-month-old... and even though she said that there would be more special needs advocacy in the White House, shouldn't she be there for the needs of her own child?

Ashley said...

But what if this IS God's calling for her? We shouldn't judge her decision especially if this is God's will. He has a plan for each of us and will make sure those sweet children get what they need.

Kelli said...

possible...I'm the first to admit that I know in part and I see in part. I cannot begin to imagine the plans of God and what He will use to accomplish His purpose. After all, doesn't Jesus's lineage consist of a prostitute?

I just know where I am at and how the world has wooed me, puffed me up but ending up distracting me from where I need to be more times than I can count. Funny thing is, I have NEVER been more fulfilled than I have in the year I've taken to get my house in order and to be honest this is the last place I thought I'd find it.... :)

The Family Senter said...

could not have said it any better my friend!
you just took everything I have been feeling (and feeling like maybe something was wrong me with b/c no one else seemed to think "like me") and then took it and put it words better than I ever could have.
thanks for sharing!
amen and amen!

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