Concerning the Election

I hope you have already cast your ballot in early voting, or will go to the polls this Tuesday and vote!

Although I have my own convictions about the two candidates and the two parties, I do not believe it is the calling of a minister of the Gospel to seek to convince you whom to vote for. I trust you will vote prayerfully and vote according to the Biblical values you hold dear. Shirley and I will cast our ballots on November 3rd, according to the convictions of our conscience. In the meantime, and in the aftermath, we will pray for our nation.

As I said in a message a few weeks ago: Jesus will still be on the throne of the universe whatever the outcome of the election. Especially within the congregation of our church, I pray disagreement about politics will not separate us from one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

John Wesley made this entry in his journal on October 6, 1774:

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy

2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and

3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

If we were all to follow this wise advice, perhaps the divisiveness and rancor of the politics of our nation would ratchet down and civility would increase!

Even if we believe we are being demonized by those who disagree with us, it does not mean Christ wants us to demonize our demonizers. We can be respectful in stating strongly-held convictions that disagree with another person. We can speak the truth in love. We can avoid name-calling. We can focus on what we’re for instead of railing on what we’re against. We can choose to be Christian in our politics no matter how we are treated by those who disagree with us. And we can vote our conscience whatever the climate of the nation and the election.

Our nation is a deeply divided nation. Whatever the outcome of the election, we will still have to live together in the same nation and find a way to go forward in some sort of unity, go to war against one another, or burn the whole thing down. I, for one, am not in favor of the second two options!

And so, in the days up to the election I have been praying for our nation, and for an Awakening that will change the climate of our culture. After the election, I will continue to pray for God to guide those who govern us. And I will pray against unrest, violence and increasing vitriol in our nation. God help us, and God bless America!

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