The post below was written on Monday night during the first Presidential debate of the year. I've received a lot of messages regarding this post, so I thought I would share it here on my site for those who aren't on Facebook...
I'm sitting here watching the Presidential Debate, and I'm not pleased with what is being displayed. It's rehearsed ignorance, and it's glorified. Neither of these two individuals bring anything of worth to a country, and a world, being torn apart by hatred, terrorism, immorality, global war, and unapologetic Godlessness.
We're living in a country that has lost its way. Morals, values, character, and common sense have been set aside and replaced with a fear of offending anyone for any reason. We're living in a day where we think it's sane for an individual to wake up one morning and make a determination that they would choose to be identified as the opposite sex for the day. The spending of our elected officials has driven our nation into unimaginable debt. Entitlement mentality has altered the very character of our citizenry. Tension between races has never been higher, and politicians use that tension as tool to continue their lucrative careers ruining this country. Hardee's can't seem to sell a hamburger without scantily clad women, and we have "safe zones" on college campuses where pathetic and sissified young adults can hide from the opinions that scare them. Let's not even address the internal holocaust of millions of unborn children slaughtered at the hands of convenient medicine. And now, we've whittled down our presidential candidates to a pompous and self absorbed business man, and a lifetime politician who has an incredible propensity to lie. These two are far from the great hope of a deteriorating nation.
What I've typed probably offends a great number of you. If it did offend you, then let me encourage you to either grow up, or find a "safe zone." The cure for America's problems will not be found among the ranks of the Republican or Democratic Parties. It will not be found hiding behind a fat paycheck in the halls of Congress. The cure for racism and immorality will not be achieved through laws; one cannot legislate the evil heart of mankind.
The cure for this country is Jesus Christ. In Him, and only in Him, will it ever find peace.
Do you know Him...or is your hope in the failed political system and the governance of man?
I pray for both of these candidates, because one will be victorious, and, frankly, their victory will only add to the mounting tensions we already face. God loves Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Christ died for them both, just as He died for me. And, although I see no promise of a bright future on display in our current election, I do know that our only hope is Jesus...and, He's coming back!
Let me remind you of this verse…
"He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."
– Revelation 22:20
If your hope is grounded in anything other than the redeeming power of the purposely shed blood of Christ, then you have no hope. Hopelessness was on display for 90 minutes tonight, and it was watched by millions.
Christ waits for your attention...what more will it take?
Keith Beatty is a Worship, Missions and Media Pastor living in North Alabama. He's excited and very humbled to be a follower of Jesus Christ!