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Ugh! These Political Commercials!

I’m not much of a TV watcher. I’m more of a “Let’s record it and watch a few episodes at a time on a Saturday” kinda girl. I can barely make it through some of my fave shows like Fixer Upper (which are now reruns), Law & Order SVU (new and old, I’ll take it baby. I sure do miss Stabler, just sayin’), and Criminal Minds (love the weird and wacky). What distracts me, or loses my interest the most with TV, are the commercials.

This time of year, with November elections right around the corner, the commercials DRIVE ME CRAZY. I have never been into politics much. To be honest, I am just not interested. I didn’t particularly enjoy Government in high school or Political Science in college. I do care about the laws and policies in place and ones in the works, that affect me, my people, and my community. I understand the people in the big house have a big responsibility and I’m sure their job is not easy. I just don’t like how they go about their campaigns.

What really gets me, or what really makes my skin crawl? What makes my heart stir? It is all the commercials and ads that consist of the candidates just ranking on each other or focusing on what someone didn’t do and promising how they can do it better. These ads are pretty much short of them saying, “Yo Mama wears combat boots” or other bad “Yo mama” put downs that usually started a brawl back in the day.

These commercials or ads don’t help me as a voter. They don’t sway me one way or the other. Do they help you? I have a hard time with the news, as most of them are biased toward one political party or the other. There was even talk of the latest nomination of the Supreme Court Justice being motivated by a particular political party.

I inquired of the magic box, also known as my iPhone, and asked my good pal Google to remind me of the definition of politics. She said (to me she’s a she, because, well, I’m a girl), “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power” and “activities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone’s status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisive.”

So, I got to thinking. I am grateful that we have a government, that we have men and women that care about people and policies and such. There are other countries that don’t and it’s scary. I just get irked at the way some of these politicians go about their business. As I looked at the definition of politics above, the words “power,” “status,” “position,” stood out to me the most. I was reminded that no human, no particular political party, or even a President has THE ultimate power, status, or position. God, our wonderful creator of the universe and everything in us, he who created all of us, he who created government in the first place has THE greatest and supreme power. No matter what polical party “wins” or who appears to be ahead of the game, Jesus is still King.

All things are under God’s authority and he has given authority to Jesus. We are commanded to submit to our governing authorities, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God…the authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good…They are God’s servant’s, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience” (Romans 13: 1, 4-5 NLT). Jesus is “the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:10 NLT). God wins. Jesus destroys every ruler and authority and power at the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24 NLT).

Since he’s the big guy in charge, I am going to submit to him and him alone. So, since I’m not a fan of what I see on TV, in the news, or on social media, what does a simple gal, like me, or maybe like you, do? What can I do when I don’t even feel like voting because of all the ugliness I see and hear?

Two things:

I pray. And I trust.

My faith is in God alone. Not in a human, not in a Congressman, not in a Senator, and not even a President. In. God. Alone. I am going to choose to PRAY for God’s will over all of this political chaos and confusion. I am going to pray over each person involved. Each party. Each campaign. I am choosing to pray for God’s purposes and plans for our county, our world, because it is his. We are his. Like the song goes, “He’s got the whole world, in his hands.” Do you believe that friend? I do. Prayer is simple conversation. Prayer is telling God, “It’s all you.” Prayer is just telling God about our thoughts, our fears, and concerns. Everything.

We can have a personal relationship with Jesus, the authority over all. We can talk with him anytime, he is always present.Talking is praying, friend. He has our backs. We don’t get that opportunity with the human beings in government who are representing us, do we?Not sure I can call one of them up and ask them to meet for some coffee. Can you? To get your thoughts and concerns to them, you would most likely submit a petition online or you’d have to send an email. Impersonal.

I choose to intercede in prayer on behalf of all of you and the rest of the country. I choose to submit to God in prayer, in praise, in devotion to everything he does, and everything he is, because he is the authority over all. Over what? Over ALL.

What else can I do? I can TRUST. I can trust this same God. I can trust my faithful Father that has promised to take care of his people. I can trust in his power. His authority. I can give him my doubts and confusion. I can give him my crankiness over these commercials, as it gets closer to Election Day. I can trust in his wisdom and guidance, even if it comes down to me closing my eyes and just picking someone on the ballot. Please tell me I am not the only one who does that. I can trust God and give him my fears. I can trust God and his love, so I can love my people here. I can trust God to keep working in my life and my heart to do life with my people here. In my home. In my community. I don’t know these politicians personally, but I know Jesus personally and I can choose to know his people personally, in a way that politicians can’t. I can choose to love and point people to Jesus, hoping they can trust him and his power over all this political stuff, too.

I am not an expert in politics. I’m not an expert in anything. I haven’t done much research. What would really be true anyway? I get easily annoyed by the hate and mocking among candidates. I don’t even like listening to judges on American Idol or America’s Got Talent. Can’t we all just get along? You with me? This is what I pray for. I am sure this is what God wants too. I am just a simple, ordinary, 40+ year old, married mom and these are just my thoughts. I am gonna keep my focus on my fellow brothers and sisters. On my family. On you. You are what matters. I am choosing to have eternity in mind when we’ll have Jesus and we’ll have people and we’ll have love and peace, among everyone.

Pray. Trust.

Two of the most powerful and meaningful things we can do any time, anywhere, and it is free. Even in the political game. Join me?

Hugging you so tight,

Tammy