WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?

cares of the world
I got an email from Suzanne Scholte‘s campaign yesterday. Actually, I have gotten so many emails from her campaign I am getting sick of seeing them.  Nonetheless, this one interested me.

MEMO

RE: Washington Post, CNN, Gallup and Rasmussen Polls

FROM: Peter Foster (Campaign Manager)

TO: Suzanne Scholte, Campaign Staff

SUMMARY: Four new polls have been released over the past 48 hours. An incredible environment is developing nationally. As I noted in the previous memo, it looks like a Republican wave is building. We have a tremendous opportunity to capitalize.

KEY POINTS:

  • On the Generic Congressional Ballot, Republicans lead across the board. Republicans lead in the ABC News/Washington Post poll by 3 points and lead in the Rasmussen poll by 2 points. It’s worth noting that even a slight GOP advantage tends to mean a massive Republican gain.
  • President Obama is deeply unpopular. He is underwater in the Rasmussen Poll (-7), Gallup Poll (-11), CNN Poll (-12) and the Washington Post survey (-12). Our opponent is allied with the President and has supported his most unpopular policies.
  • According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, a vast majority (66%) of the country believes we’re on the “wrong track”.
  • Obamacare is underwater in the Washington Post Poll (-10) and in the Rasmussen Poll (-15). Connolly backed the legislation to the hilt.
  • Finally, and this is key, Congress remains incredibly unpopular. A whopping 82% disapprove of Congress in the Gallup Poll, and an identical 82% disapprove in the Washington Post Poll.

CONCLUSION: To put this in perspective, the President and Gerry Connolly’s policies have turned the country against them. This is quickly becoming a more friendly environment than 2010, where Connolly barely survived his re-election fight. While the district remains challenging, it’s incredibly clear that we have a golden opportunity to win in November.

What is the main conclusion we should reach from these polls? We don’t like the people leading us. So if you are not an incumbent, here is a good opportunity to win elected office, right?

As voters, we need to consider our own responsibility in this matter. We elected those incumbents. Why have we elected people we don’t trust? I recently heard a sermon that seems to offer a good explanation, and that explanation is what this post is about.

In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus told “The Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-9Mark 4:1-9, and Luke 8:4-8). Later in each gospel, He explained this parable (Matthew 13:18-23Mark 4:13-20, and Luke 8:11-15). What is “The Parable of the Sower” about? Here is Matthew’s version.

Matthew 13:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Here is how Jesus explained the parable.

Matthew 13:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Many of us have perhaps never understood God’s Word. I suppose some of us are like the seed sown on the path. And I suppose there are some who are like the seed cast in stony places. These do not have the courage to appeal to the Holy Spirit and resist temptation. Yet my guess is that far more of us are like the seeds cast among the thorns.

We live in a rich nation. Here the thorns are long, strong, and sharp. Our schools and the corporate news media constantly worry us with the cares of the world, and they constantly exhort to seek our share of the riches and the pleasures of life (see Luke 8:11-15). Even our parents and spouses urge to react to the cares, chase the riches, and enjoy the pleasures of life. So it is easy to submit to the thorns and become choked off from God’s Word.

And where is the absence of God most evident in our nation’s life? We see in ourselves, when we vote. How we vote provides evidence that we have not put God’s Word in the forefront of our lives, that we risk our immortal souls.

When we go to the polls to vote, we must not forget we are called to love our neighbor. Unfortunately, instead of voting to protect each others rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we have voted for those candidates who promise us the most other people’s money. We have voted for crooks, and these crooks steal from us all. So our nation daily becomes more poor and more corrupt.

So what about Suzanne Scholte? Is she a good candidate? There are people who have seen the direction our government has been going, and they have grown alarmed. Suzanne Scholte seems to be one of these. Therefore, if Gerry Connolly is currently your congressman, please consider voting for her.

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