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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

Red Sky In Morning

ViewpointA political storm builds on the horizon

By Louie Christensen

There is no more tremulous time in the United States then the months of August through November. The hurricane and tornado seasons enter their death-throes as the early lashes of winter surprise the north. Flood waters rise in the southwest, while the sun-baked hills of California prime themselves for the smallest spark. Though, every two years a far stronger force sends the authorities scrambling, and citizens all of the country rushing for their neighborhood community centers… politics.

The headlines change year after year, but the story always remains the same. Those in charge either delay or rush a political decision, and the other side wags a finger and cries foul play. The story has become as predictable as the tropical storms building off the east coast. This year the weather report revolves around President Obama’s delay on immigration reform. While it is too easy to pin all of this on the President, it most likely isn’t his fault. The political storms have become far too strong for any captain to navigate alone, and try as he might his crew may force him to go down with the ship.

The headlines of pre-summer would have lead even the most inept weatherman to predict an early autumn full of gun control legislation, and mental health expansions. But, after the stories of the hundreds of displaced immigrant children, and the photos of unacceptably poor conditions at holding centers made their rounds, the forecast for fall has drastically changed. President Obama admitted the shift in a recent interview, saying “The politics did shift mid-summer, due to that problem.”

“The decision to simply delay this deeply-controversial and possibly unconstitutional unilateral action until after the midterm election—instead of abandoning the idea altogether—smacks of raw politics,” Speaker John Boehner said in a statement after President Obama announced his delay.

The executive order the president was about to sign is very controversial, and doing so prior to the election would have unquestionably given the Republican party an extra issue to campaign against. The President wasn’t about to make that mistake going into what appears to be a hotly contested election season. So, was President Obama’s decision to postpone most likely driven by nothing more than the political agenda? Yes. Was Speaker Boehner’s reaction to the president’s decision also a political move? Yes. While it is tempting to think that the opposition is the only side playing politics, the truth of the matter is that everyone is guilty of playing the game.

But, there’s no need to beat the “Democrat versus Republican” horse any further past death while there is a far more interesting development coming into the picture. Just this past week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) voiced their disapproval of the President’s decision to delay action. The group, which has an all Democratic membership, urged Obama to “act boldly and use all legal means available to provide immediate and temporary relief from deportation to qualified immigrant workers and immigrant families.”

To make matters worse, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said “The CHC resolution does not adequately reflect the views of undocumented immigrants…[the CHC] should not acquiesce to the president’s most recent timeline.” But, then he went on to say, “We insist that the president act with the full extent of his legal authority today, not after the election”…which sounds exactly like what the CHC was requesting of the president. It goes without saying that immigration will undoubtedly be a topic of interest this election season, and it doesn’t look like any side really knows what to do about it…but, they’ll do what’s best to win your vote (insert corny politician wink and smile).

This week, pray for everyone in Washington, DC. From the top to the bottom, the entire political field needs prayer this week. Pray against the “political game” and pray that those in charge start making decisions based on what is right, not what will lead to the best polling numbers. Pray for the votes happening this fall, and that the voters elect honest men and women who would rather go to the trenches for their people then see the game play out any longer.

Louie Christensen is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona. He works as an Account Executive in Scottsdale Arizona.




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