Thursday, January 12, 2012

Election Year

Another election year has rolled around and it promises to be a doozy! While I am all for the free exchange of ideas, the vitriol is already almost unbearable and it's only January!

Why can't we have the candidates tell us their positions and ideas without attacking their counterpart or being attacked themselves? What does it tells us about the person running if their time is totally wasted on negativity? Wouldn't it make choosing a candidate easier if you could find their stance on the issues and trust the information you are receiving? Must we always check, double check and re-check?

I am blessed to live in a country where I can step into the booth and vote for MY choice...without pressure, without fear. I just wish the campaigns were run in such as way as to reflect what an enormous privilege this is...

Prayer for elections:

O God, we acknowledge You today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank You for the privilege Of being able to organize ourselves politically And of knowing that political loyalty Does not have to mean disloyalty to You. 

We thank You for Your law, Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged And recognized as higher than any human law. 

We thank You for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, But to influence countless others to vote, And to vote correctly. 

Lord, we pray that Your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, Their response to You requires that they be politically active. 

Awaken Your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world But rather a community of faith renewing the world. 

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to You in prayer Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; That the same eyes that read Your Word Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, And that they do not cease to be Christians When they enter the voting booth. Awaken Your people to a commitment to justice.

Lord, we rejoice today That we are citizens of Your kingdom.May that make us all the more committed To being faithful citizens on earth. 

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Prayer source: various websites

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