We remember that little song from Sunday School.
My memory is a little vague except this tune keeps bouncing around between my ears as I read the last verse.
The song discusses watching what you get involved in (ears, eyes, hands, feet), because the Father is looking down and watching in love, so, watch out for what you allow yourselves to be focused upon!
Wish we could say this about some modern day leader wannabee’s. The past has a way of sneaking upon you, even if you’ve turned over a “new leaf” – the history can be construed, and misconstrued, to paint you into a corner of your modern self.
With this current campaign, I suspect both candidates wished they could take back the years and act out that Sunday School song… Just be careful in everything you do! Technology has a way of springing your past upon you!
Apostle Paul, in my favorite epistle to the Philippians, states a message to the reader.
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7 NKJV)
The KJV says to be “careful for nothing” and the NKJV translates that word to “anxious”. This makes perfect sense because we should not be lost in a panic attack for what our past unveils. If we are true children of God, then we know our sins are covered, ransomed and released to the sea of forgetfulness. God never remembers. But we do. So do others. That’s part of the problem.
When that past pops up how do you address it?
We see those in the public eye attack the deliverer, obfuscate the facts, deny the event, and do everything to squirm out of taking responsibility and shining a light on their recent past that shows the difference. The main problem? What does you recent past look like? To a freshly redeemed sinner, it still looks like the world. Given time, though we live in this world, we are not partakers of the world.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)
When we taint our existence with the skin of this world, then we are showing partiality to the things of this world. From the Garden of Eden forward, God has looked for those to join with him in a higher nature. That nature is the building block of all things of life and living.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:2-8 NKJV)
Notice this. Those that want to be our leaders are often as far from the divine nature of Godly living as any up us could imagine. So. I take my eyes off of them, keep my attention God-ward, and do NOT let them influence me in their words or actions. They are blind, and will lead other blind followers into a ditch. (Luke 6:39)
All of that for this. Do not let yourself be fooled by leaders who blindly accept other leaders who are not leading from a Godly foundation. Hollywood does not sway me. Business leaders do not have my best interest at heart. And no political party will ever have a complete pathway of God’s perfect plan for our nation. Vote with your spiritual heart. But… Know what you are voting for.