CSR Daily Devotion

Here we are: Election Day! I hope you have already gotten out and voted. I cast my vote last week, and it was nice and easy. I will never wait for Election Day again, early voting is where it is at.

We have been praying for America to return to common sense and for us to pick a leader who will lift this country to a higher standard and lead us progressively forward. This is the day we see how this intensely divided country decides the future.

I, of course, have much more I could say on this matter, but I believe I have made my position very clear through Common Sense Reborn and through many posts throughout this year. I recently had some one challenge me that as a Christian, I should be supporting our current president. Well, BELIEVE me, I have prayed for that person for a long time and have been supporting him by keeping my opinions to myself.

The song I am sharing below is an perfect example of how blind and misguided our culture is. I love this song, this is the moment for a call to action, a call to personal responsibility. But the call to action is for people of all races to start holding themselves more accountable for their actions. You break laws, you are going to have to deal with the police. You fight police, you are putting your life at risk. That does not justify the senseless killing of unarmed citizens, or kneeling on a man’s neck for minutes, but justice will come to those responsible for such actions. At the end of this song they sing the names of many killed at the hands of injustice, and one name that is spoken is Trayvon Martin. When that young man was murdered and the country rallied behind George Zimmerman as “standing his ground,” I knew back then that if we accepted a pathetic coward shooting a young man who simply got the best of a stalker following him in a neighborhood he had every right to be in, it showed how misguided our country had become. But there are many names that are mentioned at the song below which would never have become a national outcry if they were living better lives and not committing crimes in the first place. Did they deserve to die for those crimes? Absolutely not. But did they have to commit crimes in the first place? Absolutely not. That’s where the call to accountability comes in. Let’s lift the standard of humanity up and hold everyone to a higher standard, a better measure of Christ-like living. And if you want a list of names to say, look at this list from 2020 alone, of all the Law Enforcement officers that America lost, and we’ve still got two months to go.

That’s my caveat to sharing this song below. I agree that this moment is a call to action but it’s a call to accountability for all humanity. It’s 2020 folks, this was supposed to be the year we reset, grew closer to God and turned our lives toward Christ. But instead we have been embroiled in one disaster after another. Let’s get this election over and move forward to a better tomorrow, not a regress into the past and a return to division and separation.

November 3

8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.  (1 John 1:8-10)

John teaches an important truth here:  no one is without sin.  God does not expect that of us.  Jesus knows how sinful we are, and despite His ability to resist all sin, Jesus bore all our sins on the cross to save us.  He goes to the cross for us each and every day.  And while God and Jesus want us all to be free from sin, to live good and righteous lives, they know that will never happen, but at the very least, we should not lie about our sins.  We should not try to hold ourselves on a pedestal claiming to be saints when we are far from that.  Do your best to avoid sinning, but when you do slip, do not hide it in shame.  Bring it to the feet of Jesus, confess your sins and watch Him wash them clean.  Again, and again and again.

Reading plan:  1 John 2:1, 2

Deeper reading plan:  Jonah 2

Prayer and meditation:  Today we thank God for the air we breathe and the fact that when life gets overwhelming, we can pause, take a deep breath and pray.  Pray for common sense to infect the minds of all of America and we choose the best candidate to lead this country into a better tomorrow.  Pray for peace, pray for calm.  Pray the revival in your heart overflows to all those around you.

Fitness challenge:  Day 63-63 reps.

  1. Hand-release Push-up
  2. Sit-ups
  3. Jumping squat
  4. Leg lift
  5. Burpees

Run:  Tuesday is our interval running: Run four miles, jogging for one-minute, sprinting for 30 seconds

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