One Nation, Under God.

In a few days, our country will elect our next President. This election has dominated our collective psyche and screens for more than a year and we’ve witnessed an unparalleled season of extreme division and anger. As Christians, we know that God is gathering his own history, and the historical year 2020 is a mere blip on the radar when viewed from a heavenly perspective. So, when thinking about how we should respond to the election outcome, I’ve got a few thoughts for you …

Whoever Is President, Jesus Is Our Leader

As Christ-followers, our leader has not changed. The election of a new president has zero impact on who we ultimately follow. Whenever there is a conflict between Jesus’s teachings and the musings of a government leader, we follow Jesus. After all, he is the greatest leader the world has ever known … period.

We Are Christians First

Although we are Americans, we are Christians first. Likewise, we are Christians first and then we’re white, black, Hispanic, or Asian, etc. When we let ourselves get divided, politically, we can forget our first allegiance. So, rather than fixating on who is in political power, focus on the One who has all the answers and ultimate power.

God Can Work Regardless Who Is President

Throughout human history, we’ve seen God work in and around every type of government and leader. Even when the attacks against the Church seemed too great, the Church has not only survived but thrived. No amount of political discord, cultural strife, or ideological division can stop the work of God.

Respond with Humility

 If you voted for the winner, you have reason to celebrate but celebrate with humility. Be gracious, knowing that somewhere in your circle of influence there are people lamenting the election loss. Even more so because we know that while good leaders can do great things for our society, only Jesus will usher us into the Kingdom. So, “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2.

Pray Continually

Whether or not your chosen candidate prevailed, pray. As followers of Jesus, we are commanded to pray for all of those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2). Imagine if we prayed as much as we tweeted or texted or posted about politics?  Let’s have a Christian response and move forward to do God’s work in ever impacting ways.  Let’s accept the challenge to pray for governmental leaders and pray that the elected President will lead well and work to implement policies that respect the dignity of every human being and advance the flourishing of our nation. Pray earnestly … not only for those with whom we agree but for those with whom we disagree. For we know nobody assumes leadership by accident. God allows in power those whom he wills (Romans 13:1). God is in control and can change the hearts of our leaders (Proverbs 21:1).

Our response to election results should be governed by our faith and reflect Jesus’ love in a way that gives Him honor and glory and praise. And ultimately, we are strangers who are uncomfortable in any earthly movement as we await the day when we will dwell in the perfect city, built by the Lord of all.

PRAYER:  Lord help us to stay calm in Your palm. Help us to be obedient to your Word and pray for our elected officials, whether we voted for them or not. Forgive us when we discount your sovereignty by failing to acknowledge that you are in complete control, 100% of the time. Transform us from within that we may be your Light in the world – the light of love, grace, and servanthood to all men around us.

YBIC,

Post ID: 13473

FinD Bruthas, Friends and Family,

Hurricane Laura ripped through Southeast Texas and Louisiana on August 27th. Communities were destroyed, and thousands of people lost their homes, churches, places of work, and even their hope. The immediate response has begun and rebuilding stages are on the horizon. FinD and many other organizations have already been on the ground in Lake Charles and surrounding areas. We are now better prepared to make an organized, effective relief impact. It’s in times like these that we get to rise up as disciples of Jesus Christ and help bring hope to the hurting.

I want to invite you to come alongside FinD as we work to be the hands and feet of Jesus right now. We will be coordinating through other Christian based organizations (like Houston Responds and The Restoration Team) that are designed and dedicated to provide relief and hope to these communities.

Our first round of supplies hit the road Thursday morning, September 9th. Much thanks to David Marshall and Mike Suerth for donating their time and talents to transport the items Louisiana. We were able to donate over $1,500 in supplies, but we know we can do so much more.

Stay tuned for upcoming service and support opportunities and in the meantime, please visit our Hurricane Laura Relief Amazon Wishlist for items you can donate now.

What’s Next??

As we navigate the ongoing effects of Coronavirus, I have often found myself asking, “What’s next?”  Planning for life has been difficult. How do we prepare for the weeks ahead or know what we should prioritize? We have had and continue to encounter so many unknowns in what is referred to as our “new normal.” The uncertainty we face reminds me of a saying attributed to the great baseball-playing philosopher, Yogi Berra, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

One valuable lesson that the Lord is teaching in these COVID-controlled days is … I am not in control! I’m not sure when things will be back to “normal,” or how “normal” will be defined post-COVID. But really, isn’t that the lesson? In times like these, when we are defenseless against the twists and turns of life, we become painfully aware that believing we are in control is largely an illusion. We cannot control people, our circumstances, or what may or may or may not happen tomorrow … a fact which this global pandemic has made abundantly clear.

So, I’m learning that releasing control is a spiritual discipline … an act of biblical obedience. Here’s what James said to a group of believers who had completely lost control of their lives and routines … “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15 (ESV).

James would have been well-versed in King Solomon’s written wisdom … “Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring.”  Proverbs 27:1 (ESV). Likewise, in Luke, we see what happened to the farmer who thought he had the perfect plan to build bigger barns and live a long, relaxing life …  he died that very night! God, with no concern whatsoever for this man’s feelings, called him a “fool”!  Control.

Forward planning is a slippery slope. As Eugene Peterson paraphrased an often-quoted statement of wise counsel, let’s stop trying to figure everything out on our own and trust God to guide and direct our steps. Instead, let’s use this pandemic and season of political divisiveness to, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go, He’s the one who will keep you on track.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message).

Live for Jesus out there!

YBIC,

Clint

 

 

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FinD Privacy Policy

FinD, Inc. (FinD) is committed to respecting your privacy. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our members and visitors’ information will not be shared with any third party.

Awareness. FinD provides this Privacy Policy to make you aware of our privacy policy, and to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from our mailing list, if you desire to do so.

Information collected. Here are the types of giver information that we collect and maintain:

  • Contact information:  name, organization, complete address, phone number, email address
  • Payment information: credit card number and expiration date, and billing information
  • Shipping information: name, organization, complete address
  • Information concerning how you heard about FinD
  • Information you wish to share: questions, comments, suggestions
  • Your request to receive periodic updates; e.g., upon individual request, we will send periodic communications related to specific fundraising appeals, prayer concerns, and newsletters.

How information is used.  FinD uses your information to understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction, to communicate back to you, and to update you on ministry happenings. Credit card numbers are used only for donation or payment processing and are not retained for other purposes. We use the comments you offer to provide you with the information requested, and we consider carefully each recommendation as to how we might improve communication.

No sharing of personal information.  FinD will not sell, rent, or lease your personal information to other parties. We assure you that the identity of all our members and visitors will be kept confidential. The use of giver information will be limited to the internal purposes of FinD and only to further the ministry activities and purposes of FinD.

Removing your name from our communications.  It is not our desire to send unwanted communications to our givers. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our communications list.

Contact us.  If you have comments or questions about our giver privacy policy, please send us an email at info@FinDdiscipleship.org or call us at (832) 303-1144.

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