Today I am stepping away from our normal topic because something really touched me recently. I was at a lunch after a service the other day and someone near and dear to me was trying to explain my politics to someone else. He said I used to be a die hard republican and then I quit altogether but slowly I am getting back in. That scared me a little bit. I do have to admit some events lately have made me feel like the guy from the movie that said, “Every time I get out, they pull me back in.” Well for the record I will fight it and I am not going back in. I put politics behind me for something higher.

You see back in the day, I was a raging Dittohead. I listened to Rush Limbaugh religiously and towed the Republican party line strongly. My attraction to the Republican party came largely out of the fact that I am pro-life and my pro-life position was cemented in place by the fact that my wife and I suffered two miscarriages. No one convince me they weren’t babies (they still can’t, but that is a different story for a different day). Limbaugh was saying what I thought, I even sat in the audience at his TV show onces. What changed? One day at work I was having a spirited debate with a co-worker over the election. We’re good friends, but at times I felt like I was taking it too far. Still I was on the side of “right…” Then I felt the voice of God in my Spirit, and conviction came. “You spend a lot of time trying to get people to follow Republicans. How much time do you spend trying to get people to follow Jesus?”

It tore me up and I began to see. My political party was not able to make the changes I wanted to see made because they are just more flawed people. I began to see the ugly rhetoric that came out of the pro-life movement and I realized that was just another political position. People don’t need my politics, they need my Jesus. After that I quit politics altogether to focus on what is really important.

I am so glad this happened before social media. I would have been a political jerk on Facebook. I would have put away quite a few of my friends for the things they post. Now I just stop to realize we’re all just a bunch of people grasping for easy answers in a complex world. I’m not called to agree with these people but I am called to love them.

If you’re looking for a solution to the world’s problems, politics is not going to get it done. Jesus is the solution. How much time do you devote to helping others come to know him?

Pastor Bob Beeman articulated this so much better than I can. Check it out.

Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    “People don’t need my politics, they need my Jesus”…..Well said!

    I defend issues, not parties and I’m not afraid to say that both parties may have the best of intentions on issues…even if they are wrong 😉

    ~ g

    • Dave Weiss says:

      And I think that’s it in a nutshell. God commanded us to pray for our leaders at a time when Nero, one of the most evil leaders in the history of the world, was in power. I admit I question whether these people are far too self motivated (as can we all) at times but even on their worst days, they can’t hold a candle to Nero on the evil scale. I think they are largely sincere, but as a wise man once said, “You can be sincere and be sincerely wrong.” Love them and pray for them. I will also confess that I have serious doubts as to whether or not I could stand up under the temptations they face, only by the grace of God, which I guess is why they need our prayers.
      God bless,
      Dave

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