Would this be called a posting frenzy? Just curious.
We watched the presidential debate last night. I’m pretty out of the loop, so it was nice to finally find out who our Republican choices are. Well, “nice” might not be accurate. It was actually more like, “scary to finally find out…” Why? Because the men who seem actually ready to run a country are ridiculously liberal on the social issues.
But that’s not why I’m writing this.
As I listened to a long row of intelligent men, all well versed in the current world affairs, answer the questions posed them regarding terrorism, foreign policy, national debt, and abortion, I realized this: None of these men know all the answers. Not a one of them. They looked so frail, so finite in their humanity as they stood up to questions that are so much bigger than a single man’s wisdom.
I realized this: We desperately need the Lord. Only His wisdom and power can keep babies safe, provide for the needy and sick, protect us from nuclear warfare, and bring peace to the Middle East. We need Him.
With all of the world issues we face tumbling around in my mind, I read 1 Pet 4 this morning:
“The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
When I consider the “end of all things”, I have to say that sound judgment, sober spirits, and fervent prayer seem appropriate postures. I don’t immediately think that I should love the brethren more than ever.
But that’s what it says. Isn’t that interesting? I’ve always thought so. Loving one another — our relationship with the greater Body of Christ — is so incredibly important. More than we realize, and probably more than we can fully understand. (Isn’t that the way most God things are? We just obey and find out later why it was such a big deal?)
And be hospitable. Don’t forget that. When another suicide bomber dies, another soldier goes missing, and another storm rocks the South Pacific, fire up the oven and make some cookies. Love — forgiving love — and an open invite for dinner will always stand bright as the night darkens around us.