God and the Presidential Elections, Part 3


Done. I have my little I Voted sticker as evidence that I performed my civic duty. No long line. No extended wait. From front door to car to polling place and back to car was a total of seventeen minutes.

Local news had made much of people waiting four hours to vote early several days before … well, Election Day. Personally I don’t understand this drive to vote early or vote by mail. It’s just one more way to avoid the people who live in our same community.

My contention is that low voter participation results from few contended races. One of the most important propositions on the California ballot, in my opinion, was Prop. 11 that sets out a plan for redistricting and would require compromise, not a power play from the party in charge of the legislature.

But none of that is what I intended to talk about. I am more concerned with What Now.

First, I remember how shamefully many conservatives (and I’m sure a number of Christians got caught up in the tide) behaved when President Clinton beat the first President Bush. Turns out he really was a centrist … and probably an economic conservative. I’ll agree that he didn’t conduct himself in a very presidential manner, nor did he do anything to heal the divide in our country. His terms in office were the first I felt the president made no effort to be the president of the whole country. And the Democrats acted as if they had conquered the world now that they had one of their own back in power.

Ugh. I hate that word, power. I don’t really understand it, for one thing. God is in control. Any power that a man thinks he has is a mirage. But that’s yet another subject.

All this reminiscing about the Clinton years has a point. If the polls, in fact, are correct, and Senator Obama becomes President-elect, what should be the response of the McCain/Palin supporters? My hope is, Christians will be informed by our faith, and will act accordingly.

One important response should be prayer.

My church held a prayer meeting last night from 7 to 8. It was awesome. We met in the chapel, a room with seating for 400, and had to open up the overflow room. But more than numbers, there was maturity in the prayers of adoration and confession. No simplistic stuff. These prayers showed a deep understanding of who God is. It was such an encouragement.

And the confession of our sins as a church and as the Church were the stuff of revival. Then in our small groups, when we thanked God for what He has done and asked Him for His will in the election—local, state, and national—it was wonderful how our pastor kept our focus on the fact that we are aliens and strangers, that our true citizenship is in heaven, that our focus needs to be on our task as salt and light here, with the purpose to fulfill our calling as ambassadors of our King.

My thinking is this: none of who I am or what I am called to do as a Christian changes with a change in administration or with the passage of a set of laws I may or may not agree with. If we the Church act like followers of Jesus Christ, others will either ask, What can we do to be saved, or they will pick up stones to throw at us. Not because we’re hateful, self-righteous, or bigoted—may God keep us from dishonoring His name. But they’ll oppose us because they hate God and therefore can’t stand to be around His friends.

Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm  Comments Off on God and the Presidential Elections, Part 3  
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