Terry Paulson

Over half of voting Americans are pleased to see Barack Obama continue for a second term while just under 50% are wondering how voters could reelect him after such a dismal record of broken promises. As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to this country we love.

I wonder if the disciples and believers at the time of Christ were asking, "Why does God allow Emperor Tiberius Caesar Augustus to remain in power?" While certainly some in his midst wanted him to be the Messiah who would end Roman rule, Jesus kept telling believers of an unsettling truth about the Kingdom of God.

When facing near certain death on the cross, Jesus calmly reminded Pontius Pilot that his kingdom was different. He said with power, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36)

As much as I love my country and work to communicate conservative principles in column after column, I realize that as a Christian I have dual citizenship. I'm a proud American and a grace-blessed Christian in the Kingdom of God. And as a Christian, since I remain a work in progress, I look to the Bible to help me handle the political realities we all have to face.

Jesus challenged us to trust in his care and to focus on priorities that count: “Your heavenly father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

Yes, Lord, one day at a time we search for His will. Paul reminds Christians in Philippi of something we must also claim: "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:12-13)

With struggle comes strength, and, in the kingdom that counts, the timing of God's plan is not always to our liking. We wonder how God can be so wrong! Doesn't He not know that America's future is at stake? Couldn't he read my columns and understand how important this election was for generations to come?


Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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