This is the first in a series of articles that reflect on election 2012 from a value voters perspective. I pray these articles encourage people of faith to spiritual warfare for the soul of our nation. Likewise, I hope something said here causes others not currently engaged to reconsider long-standing ideas advanced by the world to separate our agenda from God’s plan for mankind. You can see a listing of subsequent articles in the series, and their scheduled release dates, at the end of this article.
The re-election of President Barack Obama unleashed euphoria within circles of Obama supporters and a sort of political emptiness in those who desired a different direction for our nation. I fall into that latter group, having hoped that the election of Mitt Romney would begin our nation’s course to correct the national sin of unjustly killing unborn babies and to stem the tide that now threatens the institution of marriage.
The Obama victory set my thoughts on two seemingly unrelated and irrelevant topics — rollercoasters and Patmos. Part 2 of this series discusses Patmos and metaphorically what it means to values voters. Here, we are reminded of:
Life as a Rollercoaster
I am a fan of ardent rollercoasters. My hometown of Cincinnati is blessed to have had great amusement parks that made for wonderful memories during my youth. Coney Island’s Shooting Star. Kings Island’s Beast. The Screechin’ Eagle at LeSourdsville Lake/Americana. These 2-minute adventures have attracted countless thousands from surrounding states and abroad as do the 5,000 rollercoasters in the world.
Rollercoasters come with inviting names. Unique experiences such as the clacking of old wooden tracks on Dragon Coaster at Rye Playland in New York. Cedar Pointe’s Millennium Force, the first “gigacoaster”. Americans, particularly, have a love for rollercoasters. Indeed, the rollercoaster experience is one where fear, and loneliness, doubt and a sense of pending danger, and helplessness collide with our senses. The experience leaves some in-laughter. Others exhilarated. Some in tears. And yet, others passed out.
Christians can observe the rollercoaster experience is metaphorically the gamut of life phases encountered during our faith journey. The very act of strapping into a seat is tantamount to a choice to relinquish control to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. No longer directing one’s own course. But rather yielding that God can carry us through life according to divine providence. The steep incline of anticipation is Jesus being carried away into the wilderness or a blinded Saul be led from the Road to Damascus. A breath-taking decline, with g-forces violently pressing, leaves us to decide the most urgent question: “Shall I grip to the things that cannot help me or just raise my hands and cry out to the heavens?” The inversions and loops disorient our sense of footing, whereas in one moment we are on top of the world, and the next sensing the world is on top of us. Emerging from a dark places like the famous tunnel of Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA reminds us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. [Psalms30:5].
Riding a rollercoaster is intimate. It reveals what we are “made of”. It does so in the same way God reveals who we are and more importantly, who he is in the meandering turns our lives take while nestled in the hands of God.
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