At The Egg House in Lake Wales, FL for our Sunday morning breakfast before church, the multiple TV screens were tuned to Fox News. Sound was muted, but closed captioning revealed the latest bombshells from Campaign 2016. I leaned into Terry’s space at the table and commented, choosing to use Secretary Clinton’s term from an earlier speech, “Frankly, as people I find both major party candidates ‘deplorable’.”
I could elaborate on why I said this, but I will not, because before the morning was over, the Holy Spirit convicted me in a way that I hope will continue to stay with me until I leave this earth.
“You, too, have been and occasionally still are deplorable.”
“If tapes of what you have said and the ways you have acted in the past were played on a public stage, people would condemn you.”
“I suggest you don’t replay those and reject them when the enemy comes and taunts you with them, because YOU have been forgiven.”
“However, that forgiveness was bought with a price and it is available to ALL.
“Let ME,” the HS said, “remind you that Jesus died for deplorables like you and likewise died for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and even for the despicable members of terrorist groups, for skin headed neo-Nazis, for bleeding hearts, and war hawks.”
Like an alcoholic or a addict of anything, I once lived in bondage to my prejudice, my selfishness, and my pride. Because of Christ I live a life in recovery. I literally have to guard my mouth and guard my fingers on the keyboard, submitting them to Christ, to keep foul despicable speech from making the rounds. Most of the time it is not a constant reining in that it once was as God works in me, but there are still moments when I lose it or very nearly do. Like anyone in recovery, I live one day at a time but I am never alone. When I am on the verge, when I call other people names, when I get to thinking I can handle this on my own, God steps in and redirects my path….like I have often done with a toddler.
So, I will pray for the United States of America, the country I love, and for whoever becomes President. I will even vote, but I am just saying that is not a decision I want to make.
Praying for all deplorables for whom Jesus died of whom I am the worst.