Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Keeping Hope and Committing to Prayer as History is Made and the Future Begins

Tonight history is being made for the US. I believe it will be our first minority (ie biracial) President.

No matter who got your vote, as good citizens we ought to work for a better future; as Christians, our job is to respect authority, honor those in positions of honor, and pray that our leaders will be wise and good and will do right, so we may live in peace. And to always remember that what comes is ultimately in the hand of God.

Most voters claim the economy is our number one issue. I think sin always has been and always will be our number one issue. When the country is off track, sure enough, I'll bet you can find some sin at the root of it.

The current woes are in part the outcome of personal and corporate vices--greed, vanity, coveting, selfishness, spendthriftiness, gross ambition, gambling (of the housing speculative sort, for sure), ruthlessness, to name a few.

Let's focus on virtues that will help each of us, our families, and our nation--and globally. Kindness. Forgiveness. Generosity. Self-control. Hope. Faith. Mercy. Prudence. Fortitude. Frugality. Simplicity. Humility.

Virtue can solve the problems caused by vice.

Please, let's pray for our next president and our leaders at all levels. Pray that they will be upright and strong, guided by wise and godly counsel, able to unite where possible. Ask God to open eyes and ears. Pray that the Spirit will move mightily across the land and the Earth, and that hearts will turn.

And pray the nutjob haters don't get our new President. We know they're out there (as they always have been.)

Let's put our trust not in princes (or presidents or senators or judges). Let our trust be first and foremost in the One who knows what is to come and knows the end of all things, who is able to heal the deepest wounds, and who alone is able to change the hearts of men and women, even those in positions of power.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
--II Chronicles 7:14


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1 comment:

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Mir, what a great post. You said it perfectly. "Focus on virtues"—so much more effective than name calling and finger pointing.

Pray that they will be upright and strong, guided by wise and godly counsel, able to unite where possible. Again, this is right on. Our responsibility to our nation doesn't end at the ballot box. We should make prayer for our leaders a regular part of our week.

Let's put our trust not in princes. Amen! Government has never had the answers because the problems are inherent in the nature of mankind. Governments, and princes, are God's instruments, but we must not look to them rather than to Him.