So, this is one of the only times I will talk about politics, because it's not my bag. I am definitely not loyal to or defined by any political party. My first allegiance is to a King and His kingdom. I am an American, and I love my country and freedom, and I would serve my country if I were called to do so. That's my balance on it all. I don't have it all figured out by any means, so I don't broadcast my opinions, because of my ignorance.
I really appreciated the forum that Saddleback Church and Rick Warren provided tonight. Unlike other Pastors and Christian leaders, Pastor Warren embraced both candidates with civility, and not attacking them. I personally think the attacks on Obama that I'm hearing from certain Christian leaders could possibly change if they met face to face. There is a Christian leader right now who has a video that is asking everyone to "pray for rain" on the Democratic National Convention during Obama's speech. In contrast, tonight, we were able to hear from the two candidates fairly, in a Christ-honoring environment. I've been in Saddleback Church a few times, and I plan on going back, because of the spirit of that church. The Holy Spirit is truly moving in that place, and you can tell by the spirit of the people that are being led by a truly Spirit-led pastor. Tonight, it was no surprise to witness that spirit of the people in their response to the two candidates. There was no mud-slinging or high-school name-calling. It was mature and civil, and I'm praising God that our country finally got to see that kind of spirit in the church. There are sooo many negative feelings toward the church right now, and it was great that the media finally had no option, but to show the true Christian spirit that should shine in churches.
I agreed with things from both sides, and disagreed with things from both sides. CNN and Fox News seem to agree on one thing: this was a great forum to hear from the candidates. May God use this for "the furtherance of the Gospel", as Paul said in Philippians, and may we, as Christians, be civil in our political views, instead of attacking. It's always amazing to me how much more I can get accomplished when I am calm and kind with my words. It's really just the basics of Christianity. The Proverbs say, "A soft word turns away wrath." I have tested this in obedience, and it never, ever has failed. It worked tonight, even in politics.
p.s. If you saw the singers and musicians performing at the beginning, a friend of mine, Emily Gomez was up there rockin' it.
What did you think of the event?