The new road is open!!! I had to go to the store early this afternoon (my computer power supply died). I was gone for less than 45 minutes. When I left, they were still spraying lines. When I returned, they were moving barricades and letting people through. No news, no announcements. Just open.
The Good: Maybe the airport will be contacting us soon, now that this project is complete, and we are in the path of the next one.
The Bad: We thought that just our street (Lynn Street) was going to be dead-ended at the new road, and the next one(s) north would be open. Not so. There is absolutely no turning west off of the new Mayflower Road into our neighborhood. That means that those coming from the east (from South Bend) can get to us in only two ways:
1 - Go three blocks north on Mayflower, one block west, and back-track three blocks south to Lynn Street (what a pain!)
2 - Go one block south to Edison Road and come in our (formerly) rear entrance, which will be closed when the next phase of the road is started
Obviously, this is not good for us, access-wise. Keep praying - this must be coming to a head soon.
Personal Thoughts on the Election
Well, I have to say that I'm deeply disappointed in the results of yesterday's mid-term elections. As of this posting, the Virginia Senate race is still being decided, trying to determine if the Democrats will control the U.S. Senate as well as the House. For those of us in north-central Indiana, we lost not only on the national level, but on the state and local levels as well. Democrats gained control of the Indiana State House by a small margin and our representative, Chris Chocola, lost his seat in the U.S. House.
While the Republicans certainly lost the elections, I believe that the ultimate losers of this campaign are the citizens of the U. S. of A. Not because they lost the elections - obviously, the majority of the voters got their pick. However, America lost because of the vast difference in the underlying ideologies of the Republican and Democratic Parties.
Now, don't get me wrong - I fully believe that all candidates sincerely think that their plan is the best for our country. But I come from a biblical and theological worldview, not just a social one. Biblically and theologically, the foundation of the Democratic Party is just not there. The Republicans aren't perfect - by any means! - but their conservative values are at least based on biblical principle, even if they're not always employed properly.
Scriptural Thought of the Week
So what does this mean for us now? First,
"Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." Romans 13:1 (NASB)No matter what I think of Democratic philosophy or ideology, the fact remains that God is still in control of everything - including the American government - and we are obligated to obey it and Him.
"I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NASB)We need to pray for our governmental leaders. Many of them are brand new, and - regardless of the letter behind their names - they'll need a lot of prayer to get up to speed and try to do what's right for our country.
In reality, this could turn out to be a very good thing. History has proven time and time again that genuine Christianity actually grows stronger and thrives in the face of godless and anti-God authority. It's happening in countries all over the world even today. This is our chance to really shine. As the Dems announced over and over in their celebration speeches last night, it truly is a "new day" in America. Let's do our part to make the biggest impact for Christ that we can in what time we have.
Until next time,
The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.