November 8

Psalm 98:1-6

“The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.” vs. 2

Tonight millions of households will be anxiously awaiting the results of this midterm election and in the midst of the elation and disappointment there will be some who say that the Lord has given victory to the winners. They will sing praises and give glory to God for this very visible triumph over the forces of evil. We can understand how folks feel this way but the truth is that humans have directed the election outcomes. Those who win are simply saints and sinners like the rest of us–some of them may be wonderful, but others may be rascals. And God can work through any of them! Our call as followers of Jesus is to offer support to those who now hold office and trust that they will use their positions to improve the lives of the poor, address the causes of poverty,  and develop non-partisan legislation that will address the needs of all citizens. At the very least we can pray that the fear-mongering sloganeering of these last months will be laid to rest. Enormous damage has been done to relationships and congregations as political divisions have been exploited and exaggerated. Now is a time for healing and peace-making, and it is people of faith who should be leading the way. We serve one God and have one Savior, and we have different political convictions–and Jesus says we are to love one another as we have been loved!

Thought for the Day: Who needs a word of love from me today?

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