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Finding Respite in Scripture

Recently two friends have raised political issues in the e-mails we exchange. One friend wanted me to read a book about the divisions between Christians caused by their political views, berating conservatives. The other friend wanted me to view the documentary about Christian Nationalism.

There is so much happening in the world that troubles me. As I received the e-mails I was stressed. It doesn’t seem like there is a respite from controversy and emotional reactions. After sleeping on the recommendation, I looked up a review of the book and decided that it would only upset me.

I wondered what the term, Christian Nationalism, actually means. I did a search for articles and found the transcript of a podcast discussing it–what it is and what it is not.  God, Country and Christian Nationalism provides a very helpful discussion.

During this turbulent time, I am thankful that God is sovereign. We have instruction in the Bible that provides calm guidance, which gives me rest.

Currently I am reading through 1 Thessalonians and finding it a great comfort. We need to stay alert, but our Lord will help us in the confusing times.

As citizens we have a responsibility to pay attention to the election this year and to vote–but not let it take over our emotions. We can pray for wisdom and discernment. God hears our prayers. I find it helpful to take a walk as I pray and seek guidance.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

8 Comments on “Finding Respite in Scripture

  1. Yes, it can all be overwhelming with the endless stream of information available. We’ve been studying the letters to the Thessalonians in home-group – plenty to think on in that! God is in control of it all.

  2. Folks want to raise their arms and yell,
    and tell you that which you must think,
    but while they rant, mate, what the hell,
    I’m gonna pour meself a drink
    and let the wave wash over me,
    warming soul so I can cope
    enough that I at last can see
    through wrong end of a telescope
    that puts the drongos far away
    from my world and all that’s real.
    Let the children have their play,
    for life itself will soon reveal
    that all is still within God’s care,
    and argument is just hot air.

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