The Day After

Posted: November 5, 2008 by Rich Landosky in Rich's Random Ramblings, The Journey, Uncategorized
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Some are calling yesterday the dawn of a new day.  Some say it marks history.  Some are running around claiming it is the beginning of God’s judgement on America.  Regardless of what you call the results of the presidential election yesterday, there can be no doubt that this has been one of the most talked about and media-covered elections ever.  My third grade daughter came out of school the other day talking about the mock election the entire school (K-6) had and how one candidate had clearly one.  What do third graders know about the real issues?  How much should we even be telling them at this age?   Why are our educators pushing children to pick candidates they know nothing about who stand one way or another on issues they can’t even begin to understand yet at their ages?  That bothers me a little.  This is just an illustration of how this election has consumed our thoughts.  I’ve been working with middle school and high school students for 23 years now and I’ve never seen an election talked about so much amongst my students in any of the church’s I’ve served.  I don’t like to talk about politics that much and certainly not in a church setting.  I much prefer to talk about Jesus.  However, after a much debated election, here’s what I do have to say about the issue – I have a clear job to do.  We all do if we are followers of Jesus Christ.  Look, it doesn’t matter if you are white or black or a blue Smurf.  It doesn’t matter to me if you’re a Republican or a Democrat.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer democracy, socialism or even communism.  It doesn’t matter which group of people you prefer to have higher taxes on.  It doesn’t matter if you think yesterday demonstrated the end of racism or that it demonstrated just how much racism still exists or if you think it said nothing at all regarding racism.  It doesn’t matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life, pro-gun control or anti-gun control, pro-stem cell research or opposed to stem cell research.  It doesn’t matter to me if you are for universal health care or not.  If you want school vouchers or don’t want them.  I don’t care if you voted for Obama or if you voted for McCain or if you voted for Charlie Frederick.  As followers of Jesus we all have one response as this election draws to a close.  It is spelled out very clearly in 1st Timothy 2:1-3.

 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

My job, responsibility and privilege as a follower of Jesus is to pray diligently for our new President-elect, Barak Obama.  The same privilege is yours.  We’ve done our jobs as citizens of this country.  Now, let’s do our jobs as followers of Jesus as pray for this man that God would grant him incredible wisdom and protection.

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Comments
  1. Bill Pederson says:

    Good Stuff Brother Rich,

  2. lorraine says:

    good post.
    it is so important that we pray for our president whether we are happy with the election results or not, because no matter who got elected they will sure need the Lord’s help whether they seek it or not.

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