November 5th, 2012
Okay…confession time. I’m a bit of a political junky. Why? Well, putting aside the simple explanations like…I’m dysfunctional, have a bizarre sense of what’s entertaining, and I must not have enough to do in life…which I can promise isn’t true, I believe there are some rational reasons.
My dad was an attorney and heavily invested in politics. He actually held some elected offices. It’s a part of who I was nurtured to be.
I’m very interested in leadership…it’s not just a significant part of my ministry responsibility…I’m also a student of it. I’m fascinated by leadership…it’s role in influencing outcomes, determining direction (for good and for bad), bringing dreams to life, and how such uniquely different people with different gifts and personalities can all be equally great leaders.
The fact that God, for reasons that sometimes defies our ability to figure out, has always chosen to work through human leaders in accomplishing His purposes on this planet.
And, the list could go on…but, since I sense you’re already bored, I’ll force myself to stop now.
But, here’s my point…if I’m not careful, I can allow my interest to turn into obsession. So, for sanity and the sake of wisdom, I have to consciously force myself to not get carried away.
When it comes to political elections, like the one we’re facing on Tuesday, I believe it’s wise for me to understand the vision and values that the different candidates embrace, their apparent capacities to lead their vision and values into reality, and whether they have a proven character to actually do or attempt to do what they are promising. And, then I do what I can do. I vote.
But then, though it’s very hard for me, I have to leave it in the hands of God. After all, He’s in control. I’m not. And, He’ll be in control whether the person I pull the lever for wins or not. It’s my job then…to trust Him…and to pray for whoever wins. (Checkout 1 Timothy 2:1-1 and Proverbs 3:5-6).
Why am I sharing this? Well, first, if I’m honest, because I couldn’t sleep. But, secondly, because I think some of you have the same problem I have. Because I think some of you may be over anxious, a little or a lot stressed, and probably…obsessed. Am I right?
If not, you stopped reading this long before now. But, if so…here’s my advice. Do what you can and then…let it go. Do what you can and then…trust God. And, when it’s over, if you’re vote was cast for the winner, don’t gloat. Pray. And, if you’re vote was cast for the loser, don’t get depressed. Pray.
Remember…no matter what happens on Tuesday…if you’re a believer, your King will still be on the throne.
Okay…now it’s time for me to read this and try to follow my own advice.