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Election night, 11 pm

Politicians

My prayers go out for all the newly-elected offiicials across the United States—from president to school board member.

“I urge . . . that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Policies

And my prayers continue for the moral issues facing our country. (Click the subject line for comments on the issues.)

Abortion
• California’s Proposition 4: Requires parental notification for abortions involving minors. Defeated
• Colorado’s Amendment 48: Defines the term “person” to include any human being from the moment of fertilization. Defeated
• South Dakota’s Amendment 11: Bans all abortions except in pregnancies involving rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Defeated

Assisted suicide
• Washington’s Initiative 1000: Allows mentally competent, terminally ill adults who are diagnosed with six months or less to live to receive lethal prescriptions from their doctors. Passed

Marriage
• Arizona’s Proposition 102: Defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Passed
• California’s Proposition 8: Defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman reversing the state Supreme Court decision this spring that allowed same-sex marriage. Passed
• Florida’s Amendment 2: Defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Passed

Prostitution
• The city of San Francisco’s Proposition K: Decriminalizes prostitution (It will remain illegal but will not be prosecuted.) Defeated

Polls

Last week, I took a poll asking people of faith if they believed that prayer affected elections. Here are the results:
• Yes, the winners will be God’s will: 68%
• Not necessarily, humans have freewill32%

Considering the election results for candidates and propositions, how would you, as a person of faith, answer that question today?

Thanks for your comments, but at least one reader missed this important caveat in yesterday’s post:

Most important, [God’s] usual modus operandi is to accomplish His will through individuals who follow His Son’s teachings—rarely through human governments.

Yes, definitely, we should be involved in the moral and social issues of our world. But I doubt that real change will occur from the political process, but from individuals living out Christ’s commands within their sphere of influence.

Prayers

So, whether you voted Democrat, Independent or Republican, I trust you will pray for those elected and will continue to work and pray for laws that protect life, marriage and human dignity.

The Day After: 11 am

Here’s an important plea from Sojourners‘ Jim Wallis:

Yesterday’s election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of our country. Regardless of how you voted, our entire nation can celebrate the milestone of our first African-American president. We can all embrace this profound opportunity for deeper racial reconciliation and social justice.

But this is also a moment that demands prophetic leadership and the power of a faith-inspired movement. From the abolition of slavery, to women’s suffrage, to civil rights, history shows us that political change happens when social movements push on open doors of political leadership. And the best movements have spiritual foundations.

Please join me in telling President-elect Obama that we will pray for his presidency while also holding him accountable to the promises of a new kind of politics.

This election represents a new and open door for change. However, we know that President Obama will face tremendous pressure and obstacles in pursuing an agenda that addresses the moral imperatives to overcome poverty, develop renewable energy, responsibly withdraw from Iraq, and dramatically reduce the number of abortions.

That is why your commitment is needed now more than ever. We must ensure that the campaign slogan of “change” becomes a new movement for change.

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