What I see going on in our great country today is shameful.  I have never seen this country as divided as it is today.  It is all about Democrat vs. Republican, it is not about America anymore.  It is not about Americans anymore, it is all about politics and I hate to be the one to break it to you but no one is winning in this battle.  We are all losers.  We all should be ashamed.  

I recently had the opportunity, at a hockey game, to talk to a couple of Canadians that had come to Rapid City to watch their son/brother play hockey.  I asked them, as Canadians and seeing all that is going on in the American political system right now, what they thought about it.  When they finished laughing they said that we Americans are acting like spoiled little children who aren’t getting their own way.  WOW!

I thought about their statement a lot and they are 100% right.  It is no longer about right and wrong, best or worst.  It is about my way not your way.  The Democrats could come up with the best possible solution for healthcare and the Republicans will oppose it just because it is a Democratic idea.  The Republicans could come up with the best possible long term solution for our economy and the Democrats will oppose it just because it is a Republican idea.  

Division is the easiest possible way for an enemy to defeat a nation.  If they can cause a large enough division their opponent will simply implode while they (our enemies) sit back and watch.  That is exactly what is happening in America today.  We are imploding.  Instead of uniting around a common cause – making this the greatest nation ever – we are divided over my ideas vs your ideas.  We have become greedy and corrupt.  It is very hard to discern who is telling the truth and who is lying.  It is very difficult to trust a politician or a media source anymore.

The Bible warns us about divisions.  It tells us that our enemy, Satan, will try to cause division within our churches and defeat them from within.  In the Book of Romans Chapter 16 verses 17-18 Paul tells us:

17  Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause dissensions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them, 18  for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Paul may be talking about what is going on in the 1st century church but could he be any more descriptive of what is going on in our nation today?  Washington DC is not following the doctrines (Constitution and other historical documents) at all.  The politicians and courts are just feeding their own appetites and making up the rules as they go.  Right and wrong no longer mean anything, it is what feels good to me, what do I want to do.  We don’t bother to think about the consequences of our actions, just with how we feel right now.

This behavior has to stop.  We all need to be held accountable for our actions.  We must get back to basics and put morals and ethics back into our own lives, our families, our relationships and yes into our politics.  Democrat or Republican we have to start looking at the bigger picture and looking up for guidance.  We have removed the one thing that made this country great and that is God.  He has been removed, Satan has infiltrated and we wonder why we are in the shape that we are in.

My food for thought for today!