I live well out side of the USA, and I have to keep myself quiet on the election fraud in the USA. Firstly, I’m not American. Secondly, it has not played out yet. Thirdly, I don’t understand why you don’t use paper like every other civilized country. Paper can be rorted, but it is a lot harder. The local Labour party could give you a tutorial — early voting and special voting swing hard to the left.
What we are is tired. My solutionj is to turn the TV on for the weatherman, and not the news. And then how to things. Or — with a lot of deadlines before Christmas — work. Things I can control. Mental health is nor righteousness, but we can’t be accountable for what we don’t control.
One of the foundations of good mental health is a sense of agency, the belief that you control your own destiny, and that your individual actions make a difference. This election controversy inspires me with a sense of helplessness which is not merely an emotion, but is unfortunately an objective assessment of the situation. While I have a remarkably large and loyal blog readership, and while my audience is potentially much larger through my columns at The American Spectator, what could I possibly write about this subject that would not duplicate what others have written? It has never been my habit to engage in “pack journalism,” part of the media herd swarming around The Big Story. No, my preference has always been to find some story others have overlooked — a diamond in the dungpile — and turn that into The Big Story.
So there was a feeling that the post-election controversy offered no work opportunities, as it were, and this was connected to my sense that the whole thing was beyond my control — no agency, and therefore a source of needless anxiety. That kind of stuff can make you crazy.
Try living under a government whose aim is to make us a client state of the middle kingdom. YOu will find that your area of control is restricted and restricted. We can no longer, like Nicodemus (Santa Claus) slap the heretics into correction. The most woke state in the Antipodes, Victoria, has a lower credit rating than even Tasmania, which show there is not that much ruin in what was a preopserous state.
But that is not where we should be. This is a time for confidence. Not because trouble is not coming: it will. I live in a land which is geologically young — earthquakes, floods and landlslides are routine.
Our faith is in Christ.
2 I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
2 And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations
and collects as his own all peoples.”
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
We need to consider the values of this world and the positions we have as tools for the glory of God. We may like this hammer or that axe, but if it fails we rebuild, repiar or prelace and we don’t get fussed about it. Much of the punditry of this time is, like the news, fishwrap tomorrow.
But the goal is that we remain in Christ. Regardless. This will require more will than we have. So today do what you can. Which includes praying for that you can’t control, and prying that this includes the ability to reform.
The church, the nation and us.