“In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in a struggle must have observed instances of superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?”
-Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787
Today is a day to pray. Let’s follow the example of our Founding Fathers and remember that we need God’s assistance each and every day. Election day or regular day, we all need the Lord to guide our decisions and our steps.
Today we get the opportunity to let our voices be heard and our desires be known. This is a right and a privilege. We have this right and privilege because we are citizens of the United States. A free nation. Do not take this freedom lightly. It is your duty to vote. Please make it a priority today to cast your vote. Your vote does matter!
List your Priorities
Remember no candidate is the perfect candidate. You will not fully agree with one candidate or like all their policies. We are all human and therefore we ALL have flaws and mistakes. Today is an opportunity to think about what issues or policies matter most to YOU. We each have a different story. We each have had different life experiences. Different hurts and different victories. This is what shapes are values and our beliefs. This is why we view things differently.
It is important that we don’t vote based purely on emotion or political party. We need to be informed citizens. Don’t listen to the political ads or even the media. Check your sources before you believe what you hear or read. Check the candidate’s own website to find out their actual policies and promises. When it comes to the topics, issues and policies decide which order of priority you would put them in. Then go down the facts to see which candidate lines up best with your priorities. Then vote!
As we go into tonight we remember that no matter what happens, God is still God. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5). He is the same God that He was yesterday, today and will be forever. (Hebrews 13:8). He will give us peace no matter what the outcome of the election is tonight. (John 14:27).
Engage in the Conversation
The election marks the beginning, not the end. Take this week to think about ways you can continue to engage in the conversations. Think about tangible ways you can make the US better and more unified.
- What can you personally do to help the poor and needy?
- What can you do to understand the racial tension around you? How can you bridge the gap instead of causing a divide?
- How can you help those who find themselves in a hopeless situation?
- What specific steps can you do to improve the life of your neighbor?
No matter who wins, an election isn’t an “Easy Button.” The problems in the US aren’t solved by those we elect. They are solved by each of us listening to God and obeying Him. They are solved by choosing to listen to others so we can understand their needs. By serving others out of love. By a revival that changes our hearts, our words, and our actions.
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