It’s election day, and I’m up early and EXCITED to vote for…the guy I’m voting for. I’m not ambivalent about the outcome. I think the results of this election matters. I still have hope for our country and its people, but I PERSONALLY believe that we are heading into some truly difficult times as a nation. (Full disclosure: if you ask Josiah, he would say I ALWAYS predict gloomy things for the future :-) )
Reality is reality. Bills…even bills you toss in the wastebasket and ignore…eventually come due. Poor choices in our past ALWAYS affect the choices available to us in the future. I believe that to be true of people, families, and yes, even nations. I’m not voting for someone to lead us into an immediately bright future of financial and cultural success, but I am voting for who I feel will be the best captain in a storm…captaining a ship that is already taking on water.
I’m not at all sure how this day will play out. I personally have a strategy in mind for my family, business, and actionchurch for either a Obama or Romney win. (I hope you do as well) However, My hope for the next four years is based on EXACTLY the same thing as it was four years ago. In the end I trust GOD. He’s proven himself to be all powerful and ever faithful. He’s proven to be so much wiser than I can ever be. He’s prove also to be merciful and caring…and far beyond generous in the blessings he’s poured out on our family (and our actionchurch family) in the midst of some truly difficult circumstances over the last four years.
So this morning I’m praying for you, I’m praying for us, I’m praying for our nation. I’m praying EXACTLY the same thing I prayed four years ago on this morning. The following is taken from what I posted on November 4, 2008.
- Let’s pray for wisdom for Whoever gets elected. (It’s not like we can move to Mars if things don’t go well in the USA- I want whoever wins to “govern well”)
- Let’s pray that the Church (actionchurch in particular) can become an example of people of very different political ideals and cultures coming together to worship God and serve others! (kinda like they managed to do in the Book of Acts.)
- Let’s pray that God will show us how to advance God’s kingdom plan for earth in whatever political/economical climate exists.
- Let’s pray for all those who will be disappointed by this election…whether their candidate didn’t win…or won and wasn’t able to “make all their dreams come true”… Let’s pray for the disappointed and the hopeless…that they will find real hope-in the Creator who is never “up for election”.
I am certain that the same God who has clearly answered so much of that prayer is STILL in charge of our future.
“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. 21 He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. (Daniel 2:20-21)