Today We Vote

Matthew 6:25-3325 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Esv)

We conclude an election cycle today that could be described as "weird" " embarrassing" and even "frustrating".  We are, as a nation, more frustrated with the system and our culture than ever before.  However, I do believe that more people will vote today than ever before.  Do not allow the  anxiousness and worry to overwhelm your heart.  Jesus said, "Don't worry!"  Here are some words of encouragement from other pastors.

MAX LUCADO
Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas
We are really ready for this presidential election to be over. We’re ready for an end to the rancor and tackiness. Voters on both sides feel frustrated, even embarrassed by it all. There is a visceral fear, an angst about the result. What if so and so wins? When we wake up to Nov. 9, post-election, when the confetti is swept away and the election is finally over, what will we see?
I have a prediction. I know exactly what Nov. 9 will bring: another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has his providence depended on a king, president or ruler. And it won’t on Nov. 9, 2016. “The LORD can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases” (Prov. 21:1).
Understanding God’s sovereignty over the nations opens the door to peace. When we realize that God influences the hearts of all rulers, we can then choose to pray for them rather than fret about them. Rather than wring our hands, we bend our knees and we select prayer over despair.

KARL VATERS
Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California
I have no idea who will win the election. But I know this: no matter who you vote for, you will be disappointed.
If your candidate loses, you’ll be disappointed after Election Day. If yours wins, you’ll be disappointed after Inauguration Day. Because no candidate can fulfill all the hopes and dreams we put on them.
So, yes, we need to vote. Vote wisely and prayerfully. But don’t put your hope there. Put your hope in Jesus. You’ll never be disappointed that way.

ANDY ADDIS
CrossPoint Church in Hutchinson, Kansas
The keyword emerging from the tag cloud of any believer’s life this season should be hope—but not the cultural understanding. We use hope like we use the word wish: “I sure hope I get an Xbox for Christmas!” No, the biblical usage of hope is much different: a term of certainty, confidence, belief. 1 Timothy 4:10 says, “We have our hope set on the living God.” Hope means to set your future on a God who has proven trustworthy, who is an undeniable refuge and who is not a possibility, but a certainty. His faithfulness is expected certainty no matter what’s transpiring in the world.

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