until the election

I shy away from politics. I know what I believe and how I will vote, but I don’t feel the need to broadcast it publicly – and to be frank, I don’t understand those who do so with such vehemence. I’ve yet to see one person swayed in the slightest by a Facebook cartoon or a Tweet, yet I see so many angry people venting (and venting and venting and attacking) through those channels.

And, I think, probably doing irreparable harm to relationships without realizing it.

I do my best to stay out of it and away from it, but I came across this homily on Elizabeth Foss’s beautiful, wonderful blog. It speaks to my thoughts and my prayers for this election.

We are called as the family of Christ to pray for our country, the election and whichever gentleman our president-elect will be next Wednesday. I also believe that it is our duty as Jesus followers to influence in a way that is God-honoring and moves forward the Kingdom of God, not hampers it. It’s up to us as individuals to figure out what that means in our lives. I’m thrilled that our church will be hosting an Election Day communion service, choosing to come together in unity on a day that is so ruled by discord.

This is my prayer for these next 10 days.

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
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

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. Amen.

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