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The stakes are too high

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016 | Alphonso Ashworth | Politics

“These steaks are too high.”

If you have shopped at your local grocery lately, then you know this to be true. But from a figurative perspective, the stakes of this election cycle could be the most important in generations. Aside from the matter of who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four to eight years, other key appointments are looming as well — the vacancy on the Supreme Court and several House seats that are up for grabs this fall, for instance.

Back to high stakes…

The driving force behind most free market economies is the price of goods and services. While the cost of a cut of meat can be one prime example (no pun intended), other commodities factor in as well: gas prices, interest rates when borrowing for your first home, rising cost of education, and the ever-looming storm cloud of student loan debt that follows. These also are considerations when checking the pulse of how satisfied or dissatisfied people are.

Compared to other societies, Americans are doing rather well. But compared to the America our grandparents knew, there are signs that may worry future generations. The cost of living is a huge indication of how often the “r-word” is mentioned. I endured the recessions of the early ‘70s, the ‘80s, and the late 90’s. These last eight years have seemed worse by far, especially in terms of how deep it has been felt in the old wallet.

As Christians, should we be worried?

Someone once shared with me, “Worry is interest on a debt which you may never owe.” I try to remind myself that no matter my circumstances, God is always in control of the situation. But it is our human desire to predict and control the future. That is the evidence of a character flaw and part of the DNA in mankind — his sinful nature. Worry will not only rob you of sleep; it can and will rob you of the blessings promised by God.

Let’s see what Jesus said about worry in Matthew 6:25-27:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

As a member of the body of Christ, my first obligation is to the other members. Yes, we do have a civic duty to participate in the political process, but ask yourself, “When should I place my political views above my faith?” I would argue never.

So, when a politician, or anyone for that matter, tries to sell you on the price of worry, hold on to your trust in God’s promises… and your wallet.