Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

2020 Election Is Coming Near

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Rays HaircutIn November 2012 – I write most of the following post. In the middle of the current election year and the pandemic – I believe some of the things from the past can help us deal with the present.

Eight years after the 2012 election – we are still a divided nation and we still have issues that cause some anxiety and unease. Some of our concerns are political – some are emotional – some are faith based concerns – and some are health issues and maybe more. Here’s the old article with a few updates.

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The election is over (2012’s) and the results are mostly in by now. Your candidate either won or lost – your opinion was either in the majority or the minority on the questions on the ballot. You may agree or disagree that our nation is headed in the right or wrong direction. Many in the news and on Facebook have tried to project the future – with mixed projections. The market dropped dramatically yesterday and some speculate about the election’s impact on it – and where it is headed. Some make a living looking into the future and trying to gauge how today will impact tomorrow.

Several of us who are closing in on retirement – say in the next 10-20 years – naturally peek into the future to see what the climate will be as that day approaches. We look at things like the housing market – our debt – the Dow Jones – our savings – the cost of living – and on and on the list might go. Looking to the future is not a bad thing – it is actually a wise thing. Dave Ramsey has many suggestions about savings and retirement.

Planning for the future is not a bad thing – but spending time worrying about it – as most of us know – can be fruitless – because tomorrow can change before it becomes today! I often return to Peter stepping out of the boat and walking to Jesus (Matthew 14). When his eyes went off of Jesus and onto the wind – the waves – the storm – he began to sink. Today’s passage is from a teaching by Jesus on where we place our trust. Here is a larger portion of the passage.

Matthew 6:24-34 – 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The bottom line is this – where will we place our trust? Is it in our political party or candidate? Is it in the government or the people and their majority decisions? Is it in the laws that a sinful people pass that are contrary to our morals – values and faith? Or is it in Jesus – who is the same yesterday – today – and tomorrow? (Hebrews 13:8) I urge us to place our trust in Jesus!

Philippians 4:10-13 – 10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

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Will we live in fear because of the pandemic we are facing? Will we be anxious because of who may be elected in November 2020? We will have peace or unrest based on whether the Dow Jones is up or down? Do we count on a denomination to tell us about Jesus and whether that earthly creation will split or hold together?

Life will always throw us curves and uncertainty – if we are looking for governments or societies for our peace. Real peace only comes when we seek after Jesus in our lives.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – My wife always says I’ve been talking about retirement for a long time. Here in this article – from 8 years ago – I was already looking at it!

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