From: T.M. Schoewe
We were happy with the arrival of autumn and the recent rains. What a relief from the high temperatures and drought of this past summer. And now we face an autumn election.
The electorate is grumpy, even a bit angry. We do not like the negative political ads. Despite vast voter disapproval of harsh ads, campaigns spend millions of dollars saturating the media with them. Why? Because they know we respond to negativity, so those ads work. As to the gridlock in Washington, we cannot blame Congress for the gridlock. We voters are gridlocked. Evenly split between those we send to Congress and put in the White House, the country has never been so polarized. To end the gridlock we need to focus on the nationís future and the Constitution and what it states the roles of our elected officials to be, especially when we decide who we want as our president.
Although a grumpy bunch, we are grateful to be able to vote. Many people around the world, Christians included, have no sympathy with our elections because they do not get to vote. In Nigeria it is dangerous to go to Church let alone demand the right to vote. Most people in our land were glad about the ďArab SpringĒ which sought new governments in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, and has been even putting pressure on the Syrian dictator. But will the Christian minorities in these Islamic countries be protected and allowed to worship and vote?
Not long ago churches in Russia were turned into warehouses, seminaries were closed, and the beautiful cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow was demolished so Stalin could use the 20 tons of gold and marble for his own purposes. The foundation hole filled up with water and Krushchev turned the flooded hole into a swimming pool.
Do you know that most Christians in the entire time of the New Testament era did not have the privilege of voting to select their government? Yet the apostles urged believers to show support and respect for their authorities, even when they were corrupt and unjust.
It is generally believed that both Peter and Paul were crucified by the same Roman government that supervised the execution of our Lord the Christ on a Cross! Yet Peter writes (1 Peter 2:13-17) ďSubmit yourselves for the Lordís sake to every authority institutionalized among men: whether to the King or to governors, who are sent to punish those who do wrong and to command those who do right. It is Godís will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the King.Ē Look at what Paul says in Romans 13:1.
We are honored and blessed by God to apply those principles to our electoral process. So educate yourself on the issues and join in on the autumn vote. Review the candidatesí positions on the economy, etc., and exercise your precious right. Most of all pray from your heart for the newly elected men and women who will lead our country after this Novemberís election.