We were at a graduation ceremony recently where the invited speaker touched on the rudeness and lack of integrity present today in politics, citing particularly the negative TV campaign ads. He said he recalled how, as a young man, those running for the same office would refer to the other as “my worthy opponent.” Not so today. The mudslinging seems to be worse than ever, and we’re still in the primaries. I can only imagine how nasty it will get once one party’s candidate is pitted the candidate of the opposing party. With me, honesty, decency, and integrity are important and if political candidates resort to mudslinging, it is obvious they possess none of these qualities. I don’t know about you, but I would be very hard pressed to give my vote to such as these.
Why is mudslinging so prevalent? Are the candidates so desirous of the office that they are willing to win at all cost? And think about this: If both opposing candidates employ these dirty tactics, and if the accusations they spew are even half way true, we will be stuck with one of these scoundrels for at least another four years. It think it is time for a law to be passed that would forbid all types of negative campaigning because when you think about it, it really isn’t necessary anymore, not in the age of Twitter, Facebook, and all other social media outlets. Today, bad news travels faster then ever and it really doesn’t matter who’s running for office because everyone’s dirty laundry will be exposed sooner or later.
But wait, not all is gloom and doom. We must never forget that God is, and has always been, in control of men’s affairs. I spoke recently to a young mother who said she feared that if she died who would provide for her children. I asked her, “Is it you who has provided and watched over your children all this time or could it have been the Lord who has provided for both you and your children? Jesus said: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(Matthew 10:29-31) The One who watches over and provides for the sparrows will do even more for us. Therefore we have no need to fear in these shaky times. Even if those elected are not our choices, we can be sure that we will be okay because God is in control. In fact, you can be confident and have hope whatever your situation may be today. Trust God; you are under His care.
Memory Verse for the week: (1 Peter 5:7) Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.