Many of us today are feeling a sense of doom with the current political landscape. The spectra of expanded government control over the most personal decisions in the lives of a previously free people have left us reeling.
We see scandal after scandal emerging of government officials using the power of their federal offices to discriminate against those who oppose the policies of the Obama Administration and - with no one taking any personal responsibility for their actions.
Our federal government, through the HHS mandate under the Affordable Care Act (also known as 'Obamacare') is forcing religious institutions to provide services that directly contradict the teachings of their faith AND worse of all - claiming the right to decide for religious institutions what constitutes their ministry.
To make matters worse, those who have been fighting in the cause for life are left grief stricken at the expansion of abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion that is forced upon us by further legislation. We hear false pledges by our public leaders for abortion to be 'rare' and 'safe'. Instead we see public leaders advocating for less-regulated abortion clinics, thereby decreasing the safety of young girls and women. Instead we see public leaders fighting against informed consent legislation that would inform women of possible risks (there are many) and afford them the opportunity to view a sonogram to see their baby before giving consent to the "choice" of abortion. Instead we see public leaders disregarding the horrors committed by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell which are not rare but common in this industry. Instead we see public leaders working to ensure that 'Back Alley' infanticide abortion mills like Gosnell's will thrive even more in our country by our state and federal governments' furthering of late-term abortion legislation and taxpayer funding of abortion.
These are just some of the serious infringements that are being forced upon us by expanded government control. While there are some public leaders bravely taking a strong stand, many are running away from the fight for life, religious freedom, freedom of speech and true virtues - caving into political pressure, the lure of political donations or other financial gain…the proverbial 30 pieces of silver.
It’s easy to yield to depression right now. If you’re already struggling with depression or anxiety, all this can really exacerbate things for you.
But, God has His day. After the crucifixion came the resurrection. God used the wickedness of the Pharisees and the Roman soldiers in His higher plan for our salvation. He will use this too. Justice will arise like the dawn for those who trust in God. But, we must PRAY. We must pick up our [spiritual] weapons and fight the evil that is befalling us.
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.”- (Ephesians 6:10-11)
So, how should you deal with the emotional fall out of these and other events and the frustration and fear that comes in its wake?