Sunday, November 06, 2016

God doesn't care who wins this election.

He exists outside of time.  He already knows how Tuesday will turn out.  He isn't worried about this election.

He cares about you.  He created you. He wants to know that you care about Him, your neighbor, your enemy, your family and the stranger you haven't met yet.
He created and cares about Hillary.  He created and cares about Donald.

Pray.

A few months ago, I posted a similar thought on Facebook.  I mentioned that as I sat in Adoration, flipped through the Bible and prayed, I asked God about this election.  What I heard in response was to "tell everyone to pray."

Keep it up.

If you haven't yet cast your ballot, pray.  Even if you've known for months or all along who you will vote for, ask for His guidance, anyway.  Not to justify your choice but to make His will known to you.  I believe one particular candidate will destroy this nation.  Some of you believe another candidate will do the same.  We have the same hopes and fears, have the same access to information and we both believe we're right.  But this isn't about me and it isn't about you.  This is about us.

Listen to what your religious leaders say but don't follow blindly.  Listen and pray.
Look at what your government has done but don't react reflexively.  Think and pray.

And then have faith.  God is forgiving and can bring something good, if not great, out of every situation.

A couple thousand years ago, religious leaders were fearful and took their concerns to the government.  Political leaders saw no legal wrongdoing but were concerned about popular opinion and allowed the people to decide.  The people chose Barabbas.

As much as I'd like to end with that, I prefer to go with hopeful endings.  To do that, you need to remember what happened next.  Jesus, nailed to a cross, asked God to forgive his tormentors.  If the people who put nails in Jesus's body were forgiven, I feel a little less stress about this one election.  Don't let it keep you up at night--we're almost done with this.  If you've already voted, pray.  If you've not yet voted, pray.  This is a little blip compared to eternity.  This matters but really, this isn't what really matters.  Breathe. Pray.

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