thirty biblical reasons to vote democratic in 2020: #26 Lack of excellence

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. — Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

I saved this verse from Philippians because it is one of my favorites. When I worked at a private k-12 school as the librarian, I had this poster on my bulletin board for years.

Finally a student helper in the library told me I should really change that bulletin board… But what I loved about that poster is that it took the bored Whatever to a noble and pure and lovely level. Just listen to all those adjectives! True, right, admirable, praiseworthy, excellent….

Yes, those are the things we should be thinking about. I have to confess: it’s been difficult to keep my mind on those things this past year. Because each day there is something that comes from the White House that is Un-excellent, ignoble, or just plain false. There is no excellence from the top, and the lack of excellence has trickled down throughout society. Correction: It’s been more than a trickle; it’s been a tidal wave…

I could write forever on this lack of excellence, but I will instead refer the reader to something important that happened two days ago. 489 Generals, National Security officials, Military personnel, and Ambassadors signed an Open Letter to America endorsing Joe Biden for President. Part of the letter reads, “The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.”

Here is the link to read the letter for yourselves. Please check it out: “An Open Letter to America”

We need a leader in the White House who will take responsibility for their actions. Not like the infamous quote of DJT: “No. No. I don’t take responsibility at all….”


5 thoughts on “thirty biblical reasons to vote democratic in 2020: #26 Lack of excellence

    • This is beautiful. I’ve read it three times now, and yes, it is just the reminder I need to not focus so much on earthly leaders, but rather on Jesus, our King. When trouble comes (in the form of corrupt evil worldly presidents) turning to Him is even more important…And I admit, I’ve struggled. When the government was orderly and and generally acted the way it was set up to act, it was much easier to ignore it and focus on my Jesus. Yet I also know that it was the worldly kings who crucified Him, and we are not promised ease in this world. 2020 has been proof of that! :-) Thank you for sharing your creative words.

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  1. That’s a very well written letter those folks put together and it speaks to many issues facing the USA right now. As a neighbour it’s a fine line we walk. Here is hoping that by winter things will have settled down with a steady hand at the helm. You’ve written a great series.

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      • Oh we do have lots of issues – mostly with reconciliation and the slowness of it. We also have lots of poverty, human trafficking, educational bias and a leader who can be a titch full of himself. But the great thing about our system is that even when he is in the office he can be brought down to earth with a smack. We are generally fairly pleased with how he and his government have handled the Covid19 situation. No offence but I really hope the borders don’t open soon as we have our own serge underway. The news from the USA hardly even mentions Covid anymore as it seems so many other issues “trump” even 200,000 deaths.

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