By: Susan Bea Good
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy…having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (I Peter 3:13-16/ESV)
There once was a time when the concept was so widely accepted that even a Disney cricket advised us, “Let your conscience be your guide.” These are no longer those days. Now the popular crowd admonishes that following one’s deeply held beliefs is an offense to be booed!
This year’s presidential elections have left me feeling personally “booed.” I’ve been called a “loser” while being repeatedly ordered to, “Get over it!”
If you too have been subjected to shaming because you’ve chosen not to support an evil candidate you are not alone. And although it seems that each week another tall figure falls to the pressure, we are still in very good company. We can still find encouragement that some men of faith have not fallen for the populist pressure.
Politics naturally attracts liars and con-men. There’s a lot of power and wealth to be gained by the unscrupulous who obtain a public office. That being said, there are still many true servants out there who remain faithful to their commitments to work for us, not themselves.
I have found one useful purpose for Trump, character-delineation. I only need to ask where one stands on the man.
My conscience is clear, and will remain that way. I can only imagine the regret conscience-offenders are going to reap at the end of this test.
“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”