People often ask me how I come up with things to write about each day. For the most part, there is no rhyme nor reason to it. I write things about Christianity, aging, living in troubled times, going through difficulties and sometimes I just pick a Bible passage or thought from a sermon I recently heard and go with it. Today I’ve chosen to write about the word, “imbroglio.”
It’s not a word I often use. In fact I can’t remember ever using it, but it kind of rolls off the tongue. For some reason this word popped into my head this morning, so I decided to look it up. Some of its synonyms include – entanglement, altercation, a complicated situation. The word has a combination of origins from the Italian word, imbrogliare, which means to entangle and the Middle French word, embrouiller, which means to embroil. It actually conjures up ideas of the tangled web of deception and lies we weave when we’re led to believe a certain way.
Now that I know the meaning and the etymology of the word I can use it in a sentence. “The state of division in our nation has caused nothing less than a bitter imbroglio.”
I don’t usually like to rant. I’m not an argumentative type. I actually gave up ranting for Lent, but sometimes I have strong opinions about politics and the cacophony of confusing noise that runs rampant in Washington. I try to keep my opinions to myself, but some things simply must be said.
What I’ve seen since the last election is a party that simply won’t give up on destroying a sitting president with a litany of lies, scandal, investigations and fake news. It seems as though they have become nothing but sore loser. I’ve seen what this division in opinion has done to those who have been friends for years. They’re trashing their friends for disagreeing with them. I’ve seen families split for the same reason. I’ve also seen things occurring within the congress that are making us look like fools in the eyes of the world.
Yesterday, as we do every Sunday, we prayed for our governing officials. This is something we’re directed to do by God. He is the final judge – the original law maker – the only One we can rely on to bring order out of chaos. As I prayed, I was reminded of all our presidents from the beginning of our founding. Each one was flawed in some way. Each one stood up to criticism and name calling. Each one entered the office promising to protect and defend our nation and the Constitution.
We may not have agreed with them. We may think they are corrupt or in it for themselves. We might love the man or hate him. Yet the president is still the voice of the people who elected him. Our current president is certainly not above reproach, but he has done more in a very short time to do his job the way he promised to do it. He is doing his best to fulfill those promises in spite of daily attacks on him.
As you pray today, for your own needs and the requests of others, remember to keep our elected officials in your prayers too – particularly our president and his family. God has slowly been written out of our daily lives by the powers that be. It’s time to bring Him back into the equation.
Dear, God, King of Creation, we entreat you to watch over our country. Keep our leaders in the palm of your hand and guide them in the way you would have them go. Help us to heal the wounds that divide us. Nothing as insignificant as a difference of opinion should cut us in half. I believe that you still live in the hearts of many who inhabit our country. Restore our zeal for you. May our patriotism be rekindled and may we once again put you first. Amen!