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Your hope is in Jesus, not election day

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VOTE FEATURE

 

This morning, bright and early around 5am as I ran on the treadmill, the TVs at the gym were already flashing commentary on the latest poll for the election.  All the news anchors, with focused eyes and grave faces gave their opinion on which political party may come out on top.  Our president has been relentlessly traveling all over, holding rallies to boost the GOP’s vote.  Former and present key democratic figures have been doing similar things.“The future of our nation hangs on the balance,” they say.  In fact, just this morning the governor of Illinois released a statement saying, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.” (https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/370794276-video). 

 

Christians, please remember that voting is important. It’s something you must count a privilege. 

Christians, please remember that voting is important.  We have an unique opportunity in a democratic republic where we actually have a say in the government that rules us.  Our governing authorities are ministers of God, says Paul in Romans 13:6.  And knowing God is sovereign over all things, we still have a part to play in a divine institution.  So it is important to be informed and to vote accordingly.  It’s something you must count a privilege. 

But please know this: they will always tell you why any current election is the most important in our lifetimes. The news anchors will be grave and serious once again.  Don’t be caught up in it.  Remember that ultimately, regardless of whatever the outcome is, and whether the people you think should have been voted in wins or loses, remember:  you are first a citizen of God’s Kingdom.  That is your primary citizenship.  That is where your primary allegiance lies.  No political party or vote can ultimately “save” any nation, or bring some messianic overturn to restore us to a sublime existence where all of our political problems will finally be solved. 

Next election will be just as important as the last.  There will still be political problems then, just as there were yesterday.  Vote as to how you see fit. 

But know that your hope is in Jesus, and not the ballot box.

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God,

The overwhelming message of the day has been to separate and to divide ourselves along the wrong lines. Racial lines, economic lines, gender lines, lines of different abilities and orientations. And we have tried to resist by standing in solidarity with one another, and we have tried to resist by showing up in bodily defiance. We have tried to resist by letting our rage be known.

And as we go to vote, we ask for your Spirit to draw us together en masse. Across every line, every neighborhood, every city, and every state. Place us on the same plane, on one accord, to move fearlessly to our polls and to a new chapter in the narrative of our nation.

The people of Israel were broken and in bondage, dissonant in their faith. But, when it was time to leave Egypt, they had to get together and move. Today, as we pray and worship, allow us to commit to You — and to each other — that we will not sit on the divine right and responsibility of voting. Allow us to come together and to move, purposely. And as we go, we know we do not go alone.

We are accompanied by every black life that has been taken in this age of #BlackLivesMatter. Every person who has survived sexuality’s violence in this age of #MeToo. Every family that has been separated at the southern border of this country, and every person who has been deported from their homes, their families, and their dreams. We are accompanied by every uninsured and underinsured child. We are accompanied by the poor, the orphan, the widow, and the infirm. We are accompanied by every ancestor who was denied the right to vote, but who died trying to obtain it.

We ask you to protect the vulnerable from being suppressed at the polls. We ask you to protect our ballots from being disregarded.

Thank you for allowing us to be alive for such a time as this. Thank you for drawing us together to fulfill this call and this responsibility. We believe that righteousness, justice, and truth will prevail.

We place these, and all things, in Your hands.

Amen
Rev. Neichelle Guidry, the dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and the director of the college’s WISDOM Center

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