The Third Republican Debate and More Important Things


By: Susan Bea Good

I had planned to watch every minute of the third GOP debate last night, until I learned that Maria needed a ride to prayer meeting. She’s my “undocumented” friend who speaks only Spanish, has no transportation or husband (deported months ago), and needs to develop healthy friendships with Hispanic Christ-followers. Another friend and I alternate the Wednesday night transportation to the only Spanish speaking Evangelical congregation in our county. This was her night, but she became ill and called me to take her place.

So, my plans for viewing the debate were altered. I promised Maria’s children that if we could leave on time after prayer meeting I’d swing through McDonalds for Flurries. They did, and we did, but I was still not home before the debate began. I caught the first fifteen minutes on my car radio as I hurried home, expecting still to get the entire content covered live. But that didn’t happen.

My father-in-law is on hospice care, as cancer finishes its work of ushering him into eternity. Yesterday was a hard day. When I returned home at 9PM my husband was willing to share about the progression of the situation. This doesn’t happen often. So, when he opens up I listen. Therefore, I did not watch the Republican Presidential Debate live last night.

There are more important things in life than politics. Though the outcomes of elections affect us all, God is sovereign and will do as He pleases. I prefer to witness and comment on events as they happen, but sometimes the most important events are not what I thought they were.

Maria prayed for the first time at last night’s meeting. Midia, a precious sister in Christ, helped her find the words. There was no news media or bright lights in that humble church basement, but I felt the eternal importance of those prayers being offered before God.

When faced with the choice, biting politics or personal relationships, there is no doubt that missing last night’s debate was God’s best for me.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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