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STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN-HARK!THE HERALD/MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS
It's quite painful for social media junkies like me to be on Facebook and Twitter today. (By the way, are you and I connected at those places yet? Head to Facebook.com/SOSRadioMike and Twitter.com/MikeCouchman if not. : - )
It's painful mostly because of the political chatter. Everyone's cheering on their side and dissing the other side, not realizing it's all just lawn signs. (When's the last time somebody's lawn sign changed your vote?)
I decided to take this approach once we learn who wins:
1. Whether it's MY guy or not, I will pray that God will use them for His glory. ("The Lord appoints whom He will over the nations for the sake of His name according to His sovereign purposes." See Jeremiah 1.)
If I truly believe Jesus followers are are all members of the same political party: monarchists waiting for their King to return (Revelation 19:11-16), then I'm NOT going to complain if the election doesn't go my way.
God's going to pull the strings He's going to pull. My job is to glorify Him and seek His will, regardless of who's elected.
2. If it IS my guy, I won't gloat. Proverbs 24:17-18 puts it like this: "Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them."
The world gloats. The world brags. The world is all about ego, and winning. Flaunting. Self-aggrandizing.
I want to show the world that I am not of it.
Because...if we're honest....no matter who wins, our problems are too complex to be fixed be either side. This is what we want our fellow Americans to realize: "Our hope is not in the man we put in the White House but in the Man we put on the Cross." (via Rick Warren)
Win or lose, if Christians can stay above the fray...above despair...above strutting, we just might win in showing our nation where the healing really begins.