This post is for all those who voted for McCain and Palin with the reason of curbing legal abortion in this country; in the end, that is why I voted for them too. God has given me peace (for the most part) concerning the elections, but I could not figure out or justify, in my mind, Dutch Sheets' response to the election. Anyway, yesterday evening, I received this three part email from Chuck Pierce and Glory of Zion International Ministries that seemed to give wisdom and shed some light on the issue:
How Will You Bend With The Wind of Change?
November 13, 2008
Dear Connected Ones:
Penny Jackson is a dear friend from Houston. Many of you saw her set apart as a Zion Aligned Pastor. Penny stayed and weathered Hurricane Ike in August when Hurricane Ike came on shore in Texas. Recently, she wrote this wonderful letter. In a year of submission, we must submit to the wind of change that comes into our lives.
Following Penny's article is a short note from Linda Heidler, one of the Pastors and Counselors here at Glory of Zion International. Linda fasted and prayed prior to the election and the Lord dealt with her over the changes that were coming in days ahead.
I would encourage you to sign up now for Starting the Year off Right on January 1-4 to gain perspective of the winds of change that will be coming through the year ahead. More details on that gathering are provided at the close of this email.
How Will You Bend with the Wind of Change? by Penny Jackson
Three months have passed since Hurricane Ike visited us in the Houston area. While most things are back in order in my part of Houston, an odd uprooted tree can still be seen, and those with fireplaces will have all of the firewood they need for this year, hand delivered to their house by Ike.
Although I had plywood over most of my windows, there was one uncovered window in my kitchen, and in my braver moments I would look out of it. I will say this: the arrival of the hurricane was beautiful and full of majesty. First the wind bands and clouds approached. Later in the evening when the storm was at its height, an intensity of colors I have seldom seen stretched in bands across the horizon - turquoises, golds, and pinks.
My area has tall pine trees everywhere; I personally have seven in my front and back yard combined. The Lord used the trees in my part of town to speak a principal to me. As I looked toward the horizon, I could see the silhouettes of these pines sway back and forth, reminding me of seaweed at the bottom of the sea that bends and waves with the current of the ocean. Perhaps this image came to me because the sound of the storm was like the relentless crashing of waves against a beach, ebbing and then coming back full force. I was surprised at the flexibility of these tall giants.
The next morning the debris on the ground was hard to believe--tree branches, leaves, plants everywhere. Through God's mercy few houses in our area were affected, but the trees took a huge hit. When the wind died down, people began to come out of their houses and walk around the neighborhood. As I walked through the neighborhood, I saw oaks uprooted, lying on their sides with huge root spans completely exposed. Some of these were eight feet in diameter. There were other uprooted types of trees whose names I don't know. Littered on the ground were a countless number of pine limbs and cones, and even tops of trees. However, I eventually realized that I never saw an uprooted pine tree.
The Lord kept talking to me about this as the days went on. He showed me that the pine trees were able to survive the storm because they were able to move with the winds, even these hurricane-force winds. Yes, they had some damage, but they weren't uprooted as those trees that were inflexible.
I began to see a clear picture of what the Lord was attempting to say to me. We are entering into some very stormy times. The gale force winds will come, it seems. Things will not go as our hearts might desire. However, this is not a time to be inflexible and hold on to ideas and beliefs that no longer have a place in our world. Keeping ourselves firmly rooted with our eyes on the Lord, we must be flexible as the winds change and swirl around us.
November 5, 2008
Last Friday I stayed home and fasted and prayed. I was so distressed about the election. During that time the Lord asked, "Do you want Me to intervene so things can stay the same or do you want Me to intervene for change?" I came to the conclusion before the Lord that if America chose Barak Obama, I needed to submit quickly to this change so I could pray effectively in the changes that would come to this Nation.
The next thing that troubled me was that if Obama was elected, we would not see the Supreme Court shift so that Roe v Wade could be corrected. The Lord said that the issue was not the law legalizing abortion but the moral condition of America being such that a woman would choose to have an abortion. If the law remains unchanged but women choose not to have abortions, then the law is irrelevant. The real issue on God's heart is not whether we have passed a law forbidding abortion but whether we as a nation have repented, changed our minds and actions, concerning the value of the unborn of the next generation. Until that change occurs, we are just trying to bring moral change through legalism. God wants to do more than just shift the Supreme Court. He wants to shift the heart of America.
I am so thankful for all you have done this year to address racism. I am hoping our nation will be spared some major traumas in the future, because of what you have done in the past to lead us in addressing that spirit with its Anti-Semitic root.