President Obama recently stated that the GOP has blocked every serious idea about building up middle class America. The Washington Post had this to say in response. It seems that we, in America, are yet again at a standstill when it comes to getting anything accomplished in Congress. The fact-checker of the Washington Post gave Obama 3 Pinocchios for that claim. Much more can be found on their fact checker site. What comes to mind for me, is that, while I don’t swallow in whole anything either side ever says about the other, it is interesting to note that someone is fact-checking the situation.
We do this at home too, right? I have two children: a boy and a girl. The rhetoric that ensues at times is comical, albeit very frustrating in the heat of the moment. Usually there are lavish claims being shot back and forth much like Congress. Each climbs onto their platform and tries to hijack the conversation. Often we must fact-check the situation and try to understand exactly what happened, when, and to whom.
While we certainly understand the need for fact-checking in politics and parenting, we often forgo the attempt when it comes to personal decisions. Whether it is because of lack of energy or inflated view of self-knowledge, we often make decisions, of a personal nature, off-the-cuff. Why? Why are we so enthralled in making sure the leadership of a country are absolute and that our family is too, but choose to live in a relative state personally? In reality, our frustrated lives, battered pride, stress, and anxiety might all stem from a lack of personal fact-checking before making decisions. As followers of Christ, why are we not engaging in a conversation with God before making certain decisions?
But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to deception to save themselves. They sent ambassadors to Joshua, loading their donkeys with weathered saddlebags and old, patched wineskins. So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath. Joshua 9
We get into difficult situations often on our own. Let us learn to engage the Lord in order to not live in regret. Fact-check your decisions and you will soon shed the robes of regret that are so heavy.