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Election Fever part 2: Detachment

Detach from the Frey

Have you been watching the news? Are you reading the news about the upcoming general election (UK readers)? That’s important, isn’t it? We — I believe very strongly — need to exercise our responsibility to vote. And an informed decision with prayer, is the best possible decision we can make.

Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

Since we are subject to the rules and regulations, I believe we need to do our best to ensure those who will seek righteousness are elected.

But…This post isn’t about how to make a decision whether to or how to vote. Rather, this is about maintaining GOD’s peace within us. So, whilst I do believe we need to investigate, be aware of what’s going on, we also need to be aware of the motives of those feeding us the information we are searching for. Therefore, I have a proposal.

Let’s everyone take a step back… Do you know the media’s main aim is to keep us engaged and their main strategy is to keep us excited?

Media 

The main stream media, and even the You Tubers and Podcast providers, design their information to keep us engaged. How do they do that? Mostly, I observe and experience that their main strategy is to implant fear and to cause panic, excitement, high-intensity emotion such as anger, hostility, vulnerability… Not life-giving emotion but death-triggering emotion.

Detachment

So, I believe — and certainly I’m speaking to myself here — we need to disengage. We need to step back and observe, analyse, pray. We need to keep the information at arms length, so as not to get ourselves caught up, losing our peace, and our perspective as people of the sovereign and most high GOD.

How to detach?

We recognise the facts, and also that much of what is presented onto the airwaves and into print is hype, speculation and suggestion, perhaps mixed with fact but manoeuvred to engage us by inthralling us, frightening us, and getting us to look at to the journalists for truth and even (sometimes) for solutions.

Instead, we need to keep our heads on our shoulders, keep our feet on the ground and above all, keep our eyes on Jesus remembering the LORD is sovereign.

Mayhem

2024 is an election year for over 20 nations. South Africa has just had the result of theirs yesterday (at the time of writing this post). The UK will have theirs on 4th of July and the US on 4th of November. 

Several nations appear to be imploding upon themselves. In SA the ruling party for the last 30 years has not won the majority this time… making for a huge change! And in the US the ruling party in opposition to the most popular candidate for the presidency has just criminalised him. In Spain, the current government says, ‘We support a Palestinian State’; meanwhile, the opposition says to Israel, ‘don’t worry as soon as we’re in government, we’ll cancel that decision.’

There is much strife.

Fever reduction

And so, let us be the witness for calm. Let us be the ones to avoid gossip and speculation. Let we who know Jesus as our King and Prince of Peace be calm in the storm. Then, others may calm down too. This is certainly what we hope and pray.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.