The Transforming Twisted Thinking Audio Book is now here! I have received numerous requests to get this book into an audio format and to be narrated by me. Surprisingly, if you would you allow me to say, I could see how my voice inflections, tone and emphasis added more understanding on what twisted thinking is and how a twisted thinker could change.
Twisted thinkers can find healing in their soul and mind. This book shows how those hurt by twisted thinkers can hold the offender accountable, when there’s a decision to work on restoring a relationship with them.
Hearing this book read, as you travel by air, are in traffic or in your favorite chair where you do your reflecting, will provide a provocative and radical path to repentance that opens up new avenues for building authentic relationships.
Creating this audio book was well worth the time it took to lay down the tracks, and a joy to know that such a critical subject could and would be heard in a personal way from yours truly.
I’m thinking through a premise about the responsibility to vote and what voting actually is. I don’t know why I haven’t weighed in on this before, but maybe it’s because I’m finally stirred up about it, at the age of 69.
To put you at rest, I’m not about to tell anyone, how they should vote in 2016. Quite frankly, it’s none of my business.
But I do want to encourage people about the power behind the act of voting, if I may. A disclaimer: All questions I raise, or that could be raised won’t be answered.
So here’s my premise: A vote isn’t a vote unless it’s made public, or somehow has an accountability factor attached to it—however that vote is registered (paper, sticks, finger print, electronic, vocal etc.).
Another thought: God created mankind in his image and one of the things that makes mankind an image bearer is to demonstrate the capacity to have volition, or make choices and vote if you will.
Throughout American history, Christian culture has always emphasized making a vote public, especially and particularly, when it comes to having relationship with Jesus. The political culture has done the same when electing officials.
The subject of voting is often about being between a rock and a hard place. Yes, the idea of trying to get it right can play into a vote, but I think it’s more about declaring ourselves, and where we’re going in what we believe.
Casting lots goes back a long way in the earth’s history.
According to Wikipedia, the first use of paper ballots to conduct an election appears to have been in Rome in 139 BC.
In Ancient India, around 920 AD, Palm leaves were used for village assembly elections. The palm leaves with candidate names, will be put inside a mud pot, for counting. This was called Kudavolai system.
The first use of paper ballots in America was in 1629 within the Massachusetts Bay Colony to select a pastor for the Salem Church. Paper ballots were pieces of paper marked and supplied by voters.
Throughout scripture voting or casting lots was a system that was accepted, even in the early church. Way back in Deuteronomy Moses called for the people to elect wise, understanding and experienced men and he would appoint them as heads in their tribes.
Again, getting it right wasn’t the thought but taking responsibility to choose was the thought.
Digest this one, would you? In John 6:70 Jesus answered them and said, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” John 6:70 ESV
Whoa! What’s that about? Certainly not about getting it right – in the sense that his vote for Judas was about choosing men with character. But we see Jesus was responsible for his vote. It’s recorded.
Why vote for Judas to be a part of the twelve? Judas would play a part in the betrayal Jesus and in fact was prophetic. Scripture records how the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas. How about being between a rock and a hard place there?
By not choosing Judas, Jesus would have gone against the Holy Spirit, who is a part of the same Godhead as Jesus. But he took responsibility for his vote and it became public.
Then there’s [The Crowd Choosing Barabbas] instead of Jesus, at the feast where the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd, any one prisoner whom they wanted. Matt. 27:15
Jesus submitted himself to that vote and it was public.
The power of voting is that we get to demonstrate taking responsibility and submitting at the same time to God’s plan. We happen to live in a country that gives us this honor and responsibility to vote. It’s preserved by the blood of men and women, who chose to put themselves in harms way, so we could enter into making public what we vote for.
One more time: A vote isn’t a vote unless it’s made public, or somehow has an accountability factor attached to it—however that vote is registered (paper, sticks, finger print, electronic, vocal etc.).