my thoughts about today...a day history is made

i'm writing this shortly before lunch on november 4 (election day 2009) - but waiting until later in the day for it to post...

...i've spent time this morning helping prepare my children for another day of school, preparing my wife's first cup of coffee, watching a bit of news, mowing the back yard, praying, reading and thinking. in other words, its another day in my life...routine, yet every moment cherished because of those that are a part of my life - just like tomorrow will be.

i've chosen to wait to post this until its definite as to who the winner of the election is. at this point (11:10am) i truly think it'll be obama that wins - will i be dissappointed? sure. is it the end of the world and am i going to tuck my head in the sand for fear of impending government growth and higher taxes? absolutely not!

as i was praying (and cutting grass this morning) these are the thoughts that i pondered:
  • Rom 13:1 indicates that God establishes government - simply put, human government is better than NO government. now, the problem is that it is human - not divine. when we begin to think of government in terms of one party more "favored by God" than another, we lose sight of the fact that ultimately it is God that is in control. does this mean that God is pleased with all human government? no way. in fact i would venture to say that more than likely there's a lot that God is NOT pleased with in regard to government
  • because i'm writing this pre-results, but i essentially believe the post-results will indicate an obama presidency...i began to wonder...what God are you telling the church to do? do we respond to a man that is so blatantly pro-abortion (yes, it IS a big issue to fact, it's enough of an issue to sway me one way or the other for a candidate)? ...whats next for the Church of Jesus Chirst? our hope is never to be in a political system of any sort - have we sinned by doing so? ...finally, and this is really the ultimate absolute of the mattter...what am i PERSONALLY responsible for?
if you're a frequent reader of my blog, you know that i consider mark batterson's writing a must read. mark pastors a thriving a-political (there's a thought!) church IN DC...i appreciate the candor and tact with which he approaches matters such as these - but i particularly appreciate his latest sermon - the political elephant - you can listen to it in it's entirety here...below i've hit a few points that really captured my feelings. these thoughts give us a framework to move forward with - they are a challege for the church to return to what Christ mandated Her with - they are simple, but powerful. what follows are mark's remarks (except the last paragraph).

  • we need to think critically and biblically and tactfully about every issue facing our country. I think every political issue has spiritual overtones or undertones. I think we need to be engaged in the political “process.”
  • I also believe that the church exists to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. And all too often, our politics actually gets in the way of that. Our political positions can be obstacles that keep people from getting to the cross. And Jesus didn’t come to set up an earthly Kingdom. He came to redeem us from our sin and setup a spiritual kingdom that would transcend every earthly kingdom.
  • Blood is Thicker than Water

  • our allegiance to Christ comes first. Our allegiance to each other, as a spiritual family, comes second. And our allegiance to whatever political party we are part of comes third.
  • Our Kingdom is Spiritual

    Philippians 3:20-21 says:

    20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
  • We are first and foremost, citizens of heaven. We are part of a spiritual kingdom. And our prayer is this: Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done!
  • If you don’t vote don’t complain.

  • I think we need to quit complaining and quit grumbling. We need to stop pointing out what’s wrong and become part of the solution. Otherwise, we’ll continue to be known for what we’re against instead of what we’re for.
  • Respect Those in Authority

  • What is more important than how we vote on Nov. 4 is how we live on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. We vote everyday with our lives. We vote every day with our feet, our hands, our lips, and our wallets….ultimate change does not just happen one day every four years. —Shane Claiborne

finally, it's simply incredible to see that in America, there IS opportunity for everyone - i think it's wonderful that we do have our first black president. is he my choice? no! but apparently he is God's choice for this season and i will do all that i can to pray for him and believe that God will use him to govern the affairs of men rightly and justly - may God bless America and may God bless Barak Obama!
will you believe with me that God is not only in control,
but that His will is being done and will be done?

1 comment:

WebDawg said...

Well said. Let us all pray for God's will to be done and for wisdom and understanding for our president-elect.