Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Excuses, Excuses

Fitting title for today, Election Day, isn't it?  Excuses, excuses. I don't know about you, but I am appalled at the lack of judgment in America.  I just heard a young girl say she was voting for Obama because she didn't like the way Romney looked.  Really?  Yikes!  Just stay home if you don't care about the future of your country!  Excuses are being made right and left for the current president's incompetency over the last four years. Instead of holding him up to his "promises," I hear on the radio this morning a woman being interviewed at a polling station voting for Obama saying there was no way he could "change" things in four years.  What? (Sorry, can you tell I'm a little irritated?). Bottom line . . . God above all else. Which candidate is building the Kingdom of God and which one is discarding it? I think it's a no-brainer. I just pray America votes with God in mind.

In todays Gospel (Luke 14:15-24) Jesus, in so many words, asks us to STOP making excuses and focus on God:

One of those at table with Jesus said to him, "Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God." He replied to him, "A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, 'Come, everything is now ready.' But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, 'I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.' And another said, 'I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.' And another said, 'I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.' The servant went and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.' The servant reported, 'Sir, your orders have been carried out and still there is room.' The master then ordered the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled. For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'"

In Volume Two, Jesus states very clearly to stay focused when encountering those who appear to reject God with one excuse after another:

"You must convey to a struggling soul that the answer for everything is with Me. He may say that you don’t understand that his problems are grave, complex, and unsolvable. He may cite reasons why he does not follow Me, always blaming others. The answers are all with Me. There is no reason to reject God. No excuse will gain pardon on judgment day. I have never shown a soul unkindness or cruelty. I deserve love, loyalty and respect. Understand My power and you will begin to understand My gentleness. Foolish souls equate gentleness with weakness. It is the truly strong who are wise enough to be gentle. So treat your brothers and sisters gently, particularly those who are not united to Me. They wound so easily. They do not have Me to console them when they are hurt. Can you imagine such loneliness? Would you like to return to a world that did not include Me in any way? Do not even imagine such a thing because I have promised not to let you go. Truly, I will not. But be compassionate. My child, have no fear about your future."

Lay apostles, by tomorrow we will know the outcome of this presidential election.  No matter who comes out victorious, God will reign over all.  So get out there and vote for life and our beautiful country.  Remember, no excuses will suffice on judgment day . . .

Thank you, Lord, for clarity in knowing I voted with You in mind and not blindly voting for a man who has taken You out of a country found on Christian principles. Please, Lord, please give us a God-loving president who believes in religious freedom!

God bless,

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