By Rev. Lainie Dowell
Reprint: New Media Journal
Let's talk about the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and the manufactured issue of the day, which seems to revolve around his age and health. I hate to break it to any of you, but death is a reality of life.
Sometimes death is welcomed but most times not. Even though mankind has no physical calender to denote the end of their days on earth, they understand that some time in this life, death is inevitable. Nevertheless, people walk around as though death is neither in their vocabulary nor is it an intimate part of their own living and breathing.
None of us will ever know anybody who has not died and who will not die, including us. And, unless the Lord calls time on the whole world at the same time, then everybody will die at sometime or another, as He has said.
We are all born dead on arrival, because of sin; but, in the Lord Jesus, we know that in this life on earth we have hope of a better quality of life now and in the life hereafter.
For some reason, newscasters, politicians, and political pundits seem to be mesmerized by Sen. McCain's age and health. During a second, recently televised interview between Katie Couric, CBS TV news anchor, and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), 2008 Vice Presidential running mate of Sen. McCain, we witnessed another demonstration of how arrogant and disrespectful many newscasters and pundits have become and how smug they are in the face of authority, in which Gov. Palin also stands.
News reporters and pundits seem to want politicians to be like them (i.e., Hollywood types) who are, themselves, full of hype and are dressed from head to toe with all their finery that money can buy, including press agents and promoters close by to conjure up for them popularity and notoriety. Nevertheless, they will also die! And most of them, no doubt, might be clothed in their finery, which will turn to dust just like them, including all that they had to leave behind.
Old chuch (sic) folk put it like this -- "You might dress yourself in the morning, but when the evening come (sic), you don't know who's gonna be undressing you" (i.e., Keep the undertaker's number handy).
Today, many news reporters seem to want to interview politicians who will enthral their TV and radio audiences with good looks, smooth talk, and a cool, calm, collected presence when they are in front of them and their cameras and microphones. Moreover, during too many of those interviews, those are the main characteristics reporters want to project as being the uppermost topic of discussion. And, in fact, those are the very topics which modern-day reporters are most interested in, while the critical life and death issues of the day which could be more than adequately addressed by their political guests, be dammed. It's a gotcha kind of reporting that Americans are assailed with these days. And, I am also inclined to agree with Frank Salvato, managing editor of New Media Journal, who opined in a recent editorial, "Now I know how Elvis felt when he shot his television."
Too many political reporters and satirists have become satanists. Their sour humor is intended to utterly destroy their targets to make them look small in the eyes of the viewers and listeners. And it is their own distorted view of their target which the population latches onto as fact and refuse to let go.
The question of the day has become, as Couric sneeringly put it to Gov. Palin, whether or not it is prudent for Palin to allude to Sen. Joe Biden's age, when she is running for office with a candidate (McCain), who is 72 years old?
Mankind can make all their plans in this world but God can and does rearrange them, as it pleases Him.
Palin was shown on TV trying to justify to Couric her telling a McCain-Palin 2008 campaign gathering that she has heard Biden speak since she was in the second grade. But, instead of justifying and apologizing, Palin needed to have reminded Couric that Biden is most definitely a peer of McCain, because they are very close in age. And, what's more, Biden has just as many health issues to be concerned about as does McCain. But, what's your point?! They even have to be concerned about the health and age of Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL), 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee. Except, he has managed to this late date in this campaign to suppress any personal health information about himself.
Although the media and political campaigns have given Obama a pass, the DEMS and pundits are eager to harp about McCain's old age and his ongoing fight to overcome melanoma, but they invariably also overlook Biden's old age and his own ongoing battle to control having another brain aneurysm or stroke.
I am not a physician but I do know that none of those health conditions or any others is ever truly within the total control of either of those candidates or anybody else, including human physicians.
Couric should have known better than most that we do the best we can with what we've got and we thank God and move on. Hasn't she personally witnessed that death is no respecter of age, health, person, location, or faith? So, neither she nor anybody else ought to try to use that issue as a matter of contention, because we witness every day that "you don't have to be young and well to live and you don't have to be old and sick to die." -Holy Ghost to Rev. Lainie Dowell
The young can die just as much as the old. And the sick can live just as well as the healthy. -Rev. Lainie Dowell.
Death is an intimate stranger. Mankind walks with his grave beside him every day, for "Dust thou art and dust thou shalt return," is what our God told the first man, Adam, when He put him out of the Garden of Eden, because of his sin of disobedience.
Personally, I can preach that with Scriptural references, Book, chapter and verse, but most Christians and nonchristians alike already know that. And, now is the time for all people to live the Word of God, if He is living inside of them as they profess rather than to use God's Word to condemn and excuse themselves and others. And, rather than to be seen as friends with one another until somebody strikes a truthful cord that doesn't sit well with them, it is time for all mankind all over this world to become the living sermon and demonstration of faith in this time of hopelessness and degradation.
One very essential part of all life is faith. Many of us, as Christian believers, realize that we cannot do anything without faith in the true and living God who has kept this nation as the beacon of hope that is greatly desired by others near and afar. They know that, in America, our faith is cemented in God's word, mercy, grace, truth, and His divine love, which is demonstrated through Jesus Christ's sacrifice for all mankind who believe.
Still, they reject the One "who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us," and try to silence us in every way they can, even with dark-of-night legislation, because they do not want to give our God the glory and honor due only to Him. Oh, but when the storms come, who is the One they call upon then? As it has been widely reported, "There are no atheists in foxholes." (-Anon)
Many Christian believers think they cannot know what is in a person's heart and that nobody can judge another, even as they, themselves, are making judgments about people, situations and circumstances. But, we have a measuring rod by which to judge, which is by God's Word, Spirit, and presence.
The gospel message that we preach is now mistaken by the church and the world populace to mean anything that anybody might choose to speak from out of their own mouths rather than to let it flow forth from out of the heart, spirit, and mouth of God to the ear of His own called, appointed, and anointed vessels. And, if they were right, then there would be no chaos and confusion in the world whatsoever to stumble people rather than to help lift them up as they strive to live a better, more useful life here on earth in the presence of God and all mankind.
"Let God be found true though every man be found to be a liar." -Holy Scripture
The world's religious and political leaders who foster Godly visions and principles within their nations, reap the blessings of God. If there is lack anywhere in the land, it is not that God has failed but that the leadership has failed to obey God.
Politicians whose aim is to foster invaluable hope and change throughout the governing process need to first look within themselves to examine whether they just might be promoting death and destruction instead. And, constituents need to discern and replace every one of those in leadership who is found to be untrustworthy of such an honorable undertaking.
Pray and make sure that your vote will count for life and for Godliness to rule once more in this nation both now and in the days to come, if the Lord tarries.
Also be sure to read: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5304
Time for “Propagandist Buttons” to identify biased “journalists” on air, by Judi McLeod, editor, The Canada Free Press, October 1, 2008.