This 2016 Election…

Re: this election…I read about so many Christians who are up in arms about Clinton’s support of Roe v. Wade. I have GROWN to a place where I don’t support abortion. There are things she says about it that I don’t agree with. My disagreement with her doesn’t foster support for Trump though. Abstinence would solve most of the abortion issue (rape and incest are experiences we shouldn’t put our mouths on). But to expect the discipline of abstinence from people who haven’t the discipline to follow Christ is asinine. The carnal (by definition, not judgment) and unsaved will do what they do. So are we angry with Clinton for how she feels about the consequences of fornication without being angry with Trump for how he’s handled fornication itself in his life? Again, we should PRAY they do better. As a Christian, I don’t wish to condemn neither Trump nor Clinton. I wish to see both of them redeemed and reconciled to God with the fruit that demonstrates it. Reconciliation and redemption changes behavior through a process called maturation. 

That said, my strongest issue with this election isn’t what politicians are doing. Politicians will be politicians and it is our responsibility as Christians to humble ourselves, pray and seek God’s face so our land can be healed (2 Chron. 7:14). I accept the responsibility. 

My issue, what pains me most and I’m sure grieves the Holy Spirit is the spirit of divisiveness that Christians have allowed to manipulate us. Over an ELECTION we have become rude to one another, sought to belittle one another, prove ourselves right and condemn, label and judge people (candidates included) instead of praying their hearts are turned to God. You cannot speak word curses over a person and pray for them at the same time. So even on Facebook, our motives and our tone….even the sharing of scripture should be done in LOVE. A kind word spoken through arrogance has no love in it. We need to be careful and not allow the enemy to gain a foothold. 

After hearing that Trump told the mother of his three children that he didn’t want her anymore, because he couldn’t be attracted to a woman who has bore children, I told my aunt that ANY man who could disassociate himself emotionally (for that reason) from the woman who had HIS children, definitely has psychopathic tendencies. I repented to God for making that statement, and I am denouncing it for the purpose of transparency. This election should not change who WE are. #kelsimarie

Pivot!!!

A couple of weeks ago I realized the blessing in a “pivot”. ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€Sometimes a shift is realized in a transition without movement. In basketball, when your dribble stops and opponents surround you, a pivot will help you not to lose possession. A pivot will help you locate your teammates. Well, in life, just like you can move to a new location and remain the same, you can also change, but remain in the same location. 

A pivot repositions you so that you have a new vantage point, and are capable of seeing what you couldn’t see before, from right where you’re standing. Sometimes a new vantage point is all you need to remain in possession and score. 

I posted a video a few weeks ago about the shift that would accompany the new season. I was excited, because I had no idea what the shift would entail. Sometimes new is painful. Sometimes painful is progress. Sometimes what is revealed doesn’t feel good. Sometimes there is something you must lose to access everything you have to gain. Sometimes the loss of familiarity is painful. Sometimes the familiarity is what has hindered you. When you choose familiarity over God, the “familiar” is an idol. Idolatry is sin. He WILL NOT bless sin. Your efforts won’t produce what you really need. 

The pivot will attract opponents, but teammates allow for continuous ball movement. Sometimes you carry a promise as far as you can, but then you need someone to pray for you, pour into you, encourage you, and help you keep it moving. Move the ๐Ÿ€!!! 

We all need people who will be honest no matter what. We all need people who can be relied on during the shift. When you stop dribbling and must pivot, and are surrounded by opponents wishing to knock the ball out of your hand, look for those who’s hands go up and are waving at you. They are the ones assigned to pray for you. They are the ones who will help you move the ball, get the field goal and score. Whatever you do, don’t buckle, don’t let the enemy put his hands on the promise, because a jump ball leaves it up for grabs. Don’t allow it to be knocked out of your hands. Pivot, so you can see who’s there for you. There may not be many, so that’s even more reason to tell them you love them and appreciate the few that there are. You can’t do it alone and you can’t partner with opponents (sin) AND be on the Lord’s team. Don’t be deceived. Pay attention.