Imagine that, in a political season, slander and mud slinging was unlawful and at no time could you speak anything concerning your opponent; not even his or her name. What if such were punishable by prison time, a minimum of seven years? What if those who are running for office were only allowed to speak of themselves, their character, their personal histories and accomplishments, if any? As I contemplate our politics, I realize that Washington D.C. has become less of our country's head and more of our country's butt, covered with boils and an itchy, irritating rash that no cream seems to work on. I am not speaking of any individual or individuals. I am speaking of our politics in this nation. Yet, individuals are what make up this system, so if the shoe fits, slide it on and get thee to the pharmacy and see about something for that rash.
Moving on, what if each and every one of our politicians' claims concerning their character and care for wherever they're from, or for this nation had to be proven? Imagine pastors being questioned about this or that politician's attendance and tithing. Ponder researching records of organizations that these folks claim to have served, be a part of, or established. Let's say that this fantasy of mine is our new reality. Whenever lies are uncovered, the politician who attempted to deceive us would be fined, serve some prison time and be banned from politics for life. Do you think such measures would bring about positive change that we all would like to see in our nation's capitol? Would we even have a political system?? I don't know but I can say that I have no idea what our "head" looks like because all I've seen, since I've been living, is this country's ass, politically speaking of course.
If our leaders were truly God fearing and about righteousness, we'd see so much more of what we all desire in terms justice, equality, accountability, responsibility, and so much more. Unfortunately, a vast majority of us worships other gods.......tradition, hate, feelings & emotions, people, and our media in all forms that it comes; oh, and MONEY. I remember times in my past when I'd inform my mother of certain actions I was about to take. She'd suggest I pause, be honest with myself, and identify my intent, true intent. In most cases, it was out of emotion, the god that I was serving in those moments. Once my emotions were in check and pride was put aside, I could clearly see wisdom and whether or not moving forward with whatever actions was for the best. Don't get me wrong, there were times I kept the emotion and pride gods at the forefront and went full steam into some of the dumbest mistakes I've ever made in my life.
As individuals, we MUST be able to seek wisdom intentionally, and THINK for OURSELVES before we can be of true use to any good thing. Think about the various groups of which you may be a part. Can you honestly say that all hearts involved are there for the same reasons, genuine ones? Honesty cannot exist in places where Truth is not allowed. It's like when God said, "These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught (Isaiah 29:13)." Sound familiar? Lip service is what most of us is all about. I'm not immune to mistakes and I've been guilty of talking more than acting. Actions identify Truth quicker than our words ever will. We see these things every day. Are we honest enough to admit when ill things are found within us? Again, you can't be honest with anyone, let alone yourself, without first receiving and accepting Truth into your very being. Now, hear this little nugget: If your heart is one of Truth, then Truth is smuggled into all the places where YOU are accepted and received. Will you allow it out?
There is much more I want to say, but I will take it easy on the simple minds today. Truth is HIGHLY offensive in our current society and politics.......yet, it never offends those living in it. Let that marinate for a bit before you try to grill it.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
P.S. Before you flick the booger, you gotta, first, pick the booger! THINK!
Bryan Hollomon Williams