We sometimes like to speculate, just a little bit, about what kind of life we might lead after this age, and even this life, is over. The Lord, in his wisdom, has given us just enough information to pique our curiosity, but not enough to be able to waste our precious time on earth obsessing over it.
Lately I've become frustrated by the Church's unwillingness to call out false doctrines and heresies which are being taught today. I am frustrated because I am a teacher, and the thought that followers of Christ, especially new believers, are being diverted from growing closer to God by selfish doctrines is simply maddening.
True spiritual growth requires the ability to "rightly divide the Word of truth." (II Tim. 2:15-16 - KJV) One-sided teachings that hinge on creatively interpreted Scripture is just about as much use to the seeking Christian as a steady diet of cupcakes is to a growing toddler. They may love it now, but it's not going to serve them well when they ask their bodies to run the distance later.
I know that we Americans think that the United States Presidency is the most powerful political position on earth, but it's not. Really. We haven't been the biggest dog on the block in a long time.
No, there is another political seat that holds that honor, and whether one is a Christian or not, we ought to keep an eye on who holds that seat. Because they have the authority to do great good, or commit great horrors.
I am always amazed at the number of contenders for political office in this country. Yes, once in a while
you'll hear of someone running unopposed, especially in smaller jurisdictions. But when it comes to the challenge of great leadership, there are always those who believe they've got what we need.
What is interesting about the United States as a country is that, literally, anybody can run for President. Hollywood actor? Peanut farmer? Soldier? Preacher? Sure! Throw that hat right on into the ring! (Now that doesn't mean just anybody can get elected. But everyone is certainly welcome to try.)