This is going to be a different kind of post for me. CookieAisle is usually pretty light-hearted, but I feel like most of the time I stayed bottled up, so every now and then I’m going to post my opinions. Just for thought.
The other night when I picked up the phone, I immediately felt a sense of annoyance. Why? The caller was friendly enough and he wasn’t selling anything. At least not a product. He called specifically to ask if he could count on my vote for a certain presidential candidate. I told him not yet. He seemed to be taken aback, but in all honesty I’m undecided.
The primaries will be here in a few weeks and I probably won’t make a definite decision until the day I vote. I can’t say I’m politically savvy. I do watch television and read the articles on the web. I’m familiar with most of the candidates, in particular the ones that seem to be front-runners. I can say, I’m narrowed down to two candidates. I feel both would be perfect for the change we need, but in the back of my head questions linger.
This past Sunday, the pastor spoke from Psalm 72. Here is a small portion from the Psalm:
1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 He will judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 He will defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
he will crush the oppressor.
This passage is an actual prayer by King David for his son Solomon. The mention of a "king" in this passage also references the King of Kings, Jesus.
The pastor applied this passage to the current primaries going on across the US. He spoke about how every one’s values are different. Even those who claim to be Christian. Well, that caught my attention. I thought to myself, well, there goes one of my lingering questions – in so many words someone else voiced them out loud.
Who is really about the business of looking out for the afflicted and needy (referring to Psalm 72: 4)? We must be prayerful as the time approaches to cast our vote.
I feel a person of color or a woman would make an excellent change, but race nor gender is a defining factor despite that I am an African American woman. Don’t get me started on the supposed monopoly one party has on being known as "the right." Right or left, I want someone interested in following Christ, not their own agendas.
Okay Ty, off that soapbox.
Back to Psalm 72, interestingly enough, after King David dies, his son Solomon takes his place as King. The most fascinating part of Solomon’s journey was his request for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-13).
According to James, there are two types of wisdom.
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18
If you still haven’t made your decision, let’s pray together for a president we can COUNT on – one whose wisdom comes from heaven.