Monday, November 7, 2016

More Important Than Voting

Is anyone else worn down and frustrated by all the political bickering that has occurred in this last week before the election. The hype would have us believe that no matter who we vote for, whoever wins, we will end up being swindled out of our livelihoods and led down the path of destruction. Candidates attacking each other and twisting facts to make themselves appear the better choice and their opponents seem like immoral, greedy, self-serving crooks—is it any wonder I’ve lost complete faith in the leaders of our state and country.

Despite all of this, we are going to vote tomorrow and someone is going to win and someone is going to lose and I’m praying. I’m praying that God’s will be done. I’m praying for the candidate who wins that he or she would be blessed by God with wisdom, patience, courage, and with a clear sense of responsibility to and for their state/country and the people who reside within those borders. I’m praying that God will work through our newly elected leaders to facilitate peace in a world at odds with itself. I’m praying because it is the most powerful and positive thing I can do in this election and in the days to follow and it is God’s will:  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Please consider praying with me that God will bless our leaders with integrity, a sense of responsibility to the people they represent, and the courage to face and overcome the shady side of bureaucracy and self-interest that they will encounter on a daily basis. Remember that they are not God. They are not our saviors. They will make mistakes and they will be give into temptations just like we do. They are the human beings that God has allowed to be in office in the coming years and they need our prayer support even more than our votes.

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