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How will you respond?

vote-electionToday, people in one area of the world will be voting to elect the next leader of their country.  For the past number of weeks, the news here where I live has focused on this upcoming election.  Conversations at church, in the neighborhood, or over coffee have centred on the question: “So, who do you think is going to win the election?

It’s not my purpose to discuss the candidates themselves nor the content of the political debates surrounding this election.  And this is only one of a number of elections that have occurred or will occur this year.  My purpose is to talk about our response or our reaction to what happens; to what will be the outcome of this election.

In 1 Timothy 2, we read: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving 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.

My first reaction, and perhaps yours as well, over the past few weeks has been to speak up and say what I think about the candidates and the issues in this election.  Paul exhorts us to first take our words to God and change them into prayers for the very leaders engaged in this electoral process.  However, Paul goes even further to challenge us to pray for these leaders so that they will allow a continued openness, in that culture and society, to living out one’s faith and sharing one’s faith with others.

I almost hesitated to write that last paragraph because it seemed so obvious.  However, it is very much ‘counter cultural’ for all of us to think first of prayer because passions can ‘fly’ in political discussions.  Without realizing it, our passion may demonstrate that we really believe it is the winner of an election who determines the future.

It is our God who is sovereign, and so our hearts and prayers need to turn to Him first in response.

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”  (Psalm 115:3)

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