The National Election

25 10 2012

It’s now a race to the finish. The political commercials blitz our airwaves at the speed of a run away train. Recorded solicitation phone calls interrupt a quiet afternoon in a way that pegs the annoying meter. I know many people who can’t wait for the National Election to end. This is a high stakes election, they all are. We face a choice, we always do. There is a call for people to take part, there always is. Maybe that’s the point, it’s always the same. Freedom is always on display, choice is commonplace, voting rights are expected even if one does not vote, a government changes leadership without a bloody coup. This could be one of the greatest displays of liberty that the world has ever seen at one of the greatest times that it was ever needed. God bless America!

Study the issues, not just soundbites and 30 second commercials. Vote your conscience, not just a pundit’s opinion. Rejoice at the opportunity to participate, even if you suffer an inconvenience that day. Election Day is so big in my mind that it could easily be a national holiday celebrating one of our centerpieces of freedom.

So, do I not care about the man elected President of the United States? Of course I do, but I am also in awe about the processes by which it is done. I am also concerned about the decisions I must make on local judges, township trustees, school boards, issues about funding fire, police, and schools, state representatives, U.S. congressional and senate races. I do not take my freedom of choice lightly, nor do the politicians seeking my vote.

I must also add that no matter who gets elected, the church must go on being the church. We are salt and light, even if the days ahead grow dark and pessimism reigns. We must remember that we are ambassadors to the King and not just citizens of this nation. We must not get upset about who wins or loses, but must trust in a sovereign God who is shaping world events to fulfill His Word. We must step up to the plate and let this nation know that we have elected Jesus the Lord of our life, reflected in the love that we show to others.

1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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