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November 6, 2018, 5:36 PM

Election, Schmelection


If you have been living on the planet Mars, and/or been completely out of it, I'll let you know here on the pastor's blog that it's Election Day in America.

As many news channels and publications are noting, there is a great wave of participation in this election that is refreshing to see. No longer is the common refrain among Americans something akin to "election, schmelection" as though it doesn't matter. Less people where I live in Colorado--a normally pretty detached and independent swath of voters--less of them are saying their voice "won't be heard anyway," so "Why vote?" There were long lines at the County Center I went to today to renew my driver's license. 

The temptation, of course, is to make the Election too important. In the end, some pretty incredible people step up to be our public servants. Even if a number of them fall from grace, so to speak, or mess things up, or fail to show courage--isn't that what We the People are, too? A mass of people who fall from grace, mess things up, and fail to show courage? And sometimes when it matters most? But mostly we ARE courageous. We are generous. We are Americans. 

After this Election Day, we will have elected Americans to positions in the American governement. They may have policies with which we disagree. They may have shortcomings about which we are upset they are bringing with them into office. But they are ready to serve. They signed up when others--including most of us reading this--didn't. 

What we ought to do is pray for them, that they do not become swayed by special interests. That they keep before them the ideals of our great Republic and, forsaking all others, support them no matter what. 

A Frenchman who once toured America (Alexis de Tocqueville) said: 

1. “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

2. He also said: “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”

Things to ponder on Election Day. He wrote of these things in the year 1840. Safe to say we're still learning. We're still praying. We're still America. We're not perfect, just forgiven. Not Christian, but We are the best of secular experiments in self-government. Will it endure upon the earth? May God grant it. Amen? 

PASTOR JOEL 


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