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Clone-liness is not next to godliness
It’s pastoral vote season in my denomination. And despite all the ponderous prayers that parishioners seek “the mind of God” in voting, I haven’t seen a single unanimous vote! Perhaps . . .
Is “Iron Man” really a good idea?
I probably over-think things, but I’m not sure iron is the best component for a super hero. Superman is vulnerable to kryptonite, but Iron Man can be stopped in his tracks by being caught in the rain. And that giant magnet at the scrap yard or an MRI technician can easily take him out. So here, IMHO, are some better engineered superheroes:
My prayers go out for all the newly-elected offiicials across the United Statesfrom president to school board member.
“I urge . . . that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyonefor kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
And my prayers continue for the moral issues facing our country. (Click the subject line for comments on the issues.)
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
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
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
The city of San Francisco’s Proposition K: Decriminalizes prostitution (It will remain illegal but will not be prosecuted.) Defeated
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.
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.
I’ll be channel surfing and and monitoring my favorite online news sites for the latest election results that will affect the economy, taxes, the Iraq War and gay marriage propositions. (Indiana will be one of the first states to report in at 6 pm, so if Republican John McCain wins the Hoosier state, he has a fighting chance; if Democrat Barack Obama wins this traditionally Republican state, the dominoes will begin falling his wayand I may be in bed by 10 pm.)
However, I don’t think God will be following the results quite as closely.
When Jesus was on earth, we have no record of Him addressing the economy, yet a good percentage of the Palestinian population lived in poverty. He never mentioned the corrupt tax system except to say, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.” And He lived in a region occupied by the Romans, but He never mentioned it. He didn’t even comment on the blatant homosexual behavior and child sex trade that was rampant throughout the Roman empire.
Instead, Jesus chose to address individuals’ relationships to God and their neighbors. Take a look at the Sermon on the Mount and you won’t find a single political issue. But you will find strong teaching against pride, hate, hypocrisy, worry, lust and building lives on earthly foundations.
So, I will pray His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” but I won’t be overly concerned if my will is not validated by the election results. God’s will will be accomplished, and His will is much larger than the confines of the U.S. borders and the 2008 election. Most important, His usual modus operandi is to accomplish His will through individuals who follow His Son’s teachingsrarely through human governments.
We can be assured that “. . . in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose . . . to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:28-29). And that includes elections.