The Election

Its no secret that there is an election coming up.  The yard signs, T.V. ads, phone calls and article after article won’t let you ignore it.  Even if you don’t have cable (which I don’t) you still see it everywhere.  You can’t avoid it.  So what do you do?

You could complain about it.  Going on and on about how both are poor candidates and the guy you wanted didn’t get a fair shake.  But people will quickly shut you off and not listen.  No one likes a complainer.  You will end up bitter in a voting booth.  Just voting for the “lesser evil”.

You could just decided to not vote.  That’s right stand your ground!  If you don’t vote you can’t be held responsible for what happens right.  Right? You live in a free country.  No one can make you vote.  But I would remind you that there are many people else were that would love to be able to have a vote.  Even if that vote didn’t go their way.

You could pray.  You could pray that God works on the hearts and mind of those in power.  That He would have grace and mercy on our country.  However, and I would say more importantly, you could pray for yourself.  That He would continue to change your heart and mind.  That he would make YOU more like HIM.  To keep you humble, wise and meek.

Politics and religion will get people fighting quicker than anything.  Thirty seconds into a conversation about either and everyone is arguing about who is right or who has the best candidate.

How about this instead.  Next time your in a conversation with someone about either you stand your ground and defend your points, but instead of getting heated, instead of yelling and throwing a tantrum you simply follow the example of your Savior.

Jesus was never wrong but He did not have to act like a five year old to get his point across.  He was loving, kind and humble to those that simple didn’t understand.  He did his far share of rebuke but it was always out of love.

So this election when your trying to make a point ask these two questions.

1) Is God getting glory out of this?

2) I am I doing this out of love or out of a need to be right?

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
(1 Timothy 2:1-3 ESV)