Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

I’m deliberately writing this early in the week, before we know the outcome of the US election. I simply don’t have the emotional stamina to write it afterward. Perhaps by the time this is published, we will have a declared winner, but I doubt we’ll have a final outcome.

I have many thoughts and opinions about this election, as we all do. Most of them aren’t worth sharing because, honestly, I don’t seek to change anyone’s mind or elevate my own opinions in any way. You didn’t need my advice before the election and you don’t need it now. 

Despite the plethora of blogs and podcasts telling us how to vote “according to biblical principles,” I actually don’t think any of these were necessary. We’re all adults. We all have brains. We all have bibles. We all have the ability to pray and ask for wisdom and guidance from the Lord. We don’t need a blogger telling us how or even why to do that. We don’t need pastors or laypeople questioning our salvation based on our choice at the polls. Is one choice particularly contrary to Christ, His Word, and His gospel? Yes. Duh. But the call of the gospel still has not changed to now include voting for a particular political party.

My biggest concern as I watched the unfolding of this year’s events has been the politicizing of Christianity. For a people who claim they want to be separate from the world—and indeed have been called as such—we surely do look like the world when we fret over politics as we have this year. Trust me, I get it. I worry too. But I never, never want my witness for Christ to be tainted or compromised based on my response to earthly, temporal events. I hope we’ll all consider that as the days march forward.

On a happier note, it is now November, which means Christmas music and all the marvelously delicious treats of the seasons may now be legitimately enjoyed. Warm up a mug of hot cocoa, then, and settle in for your week in review (kind of):

  • Good thoughts from R. Scott Clark on the abuses of semper reformanda.
  • Just a reminder that women were significant contributors to the Reformation, too.
  • It’s kind of freaky looking, don’t you think?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I know this happened days ago at this point, but let’s please still continue to pray for Vienna.
  • Nope, this is not okay.
  • Wow. What a story from Karen Swallow Prior.
  • I just love this. Such a peaceful setting.
  • This really isn’t surprising at all, which is quite sad, actually.

May the name of God
be praised forever and ever,
for wisdom and power belong to him.
He changes the times and seasons;
he removes kings and establishes kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those
who have understanding.

Daniel 2:20-21 (CSB)
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