It’s Gonna Be a Long Day

6 Nov

Election Day is here and we can almost put the campaign negativity and biting political ads behind us {at least for three more years}. Whew, right?

Yesterday’s political headlines provided a variety of statements and opinions:

  • It’s a dead heat
  • Poor’s fate rests with winner
  • We need a new beginning
  • Obama, Romney turn to star power to win swing states (and let me just say this – if you are allowing your vote for President to be influenced one way or the other by a celebrity, please don’t vote)
  • Don’t give up on change
  • Myths of Obama campaign

The truth has been in short supply lately. At least, the whole truth. Sure, we get bits and pieces of truth edited by production personnel working for news outlets across the country, but rarely do we get the full story. And let’s not forget the poll numbers that change every.single.minute. (By the way, I’m not sure who they are polling because I’ve never been called or asked a poll question. Have you?)

There are as many opinions about this election and these candidates as there are people in this country. The back and forth just wears me out. While I don’t like the pettiness, name-calling, and mud-slinging that seems to rise to the surface during election season, I do love the whole process of electing a new President because I am reminded that – as flawed and terrible as it can be – it still matters.

Who thinks that we’ll know who the next President of the United States will be by the end of today? Tomorrow? Yeah, me either. I hope we don’t have to wait too long, but with this election being as close as they say it is, the issues with absentee and provisional ballets, and the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy – who knows what will happen.

I do know this, though:

And that gives me peace because my hope is in Him.

If you didn’t vote early, here are a few things to keep in mind as you head to the polls today:

  • Neither candidate is perfect.
  • Neither candidate can or will do everything he has promised.
  • Be nice today – not arrogant, condescending, or offensively opinionated. You are entitled to your opinions, but so is the next guy – even if his/her differ from yours.
  • Be patient. God willing, you will have to stand in a very long line to vote, meaning that more people actually care about who our next President will be and are voting, too.
  • Pray for both candidates.

That last item is critical. If you are a Christian, it is your responsibility to pray for the President . . . no matter who he is. Even, and especially, if the President elected is not the one you voted for – you must pray for him. The President has enormous influence and responsibility. To allow him to govern the country without our prayers is selfish and reckless.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN PRAYER, pray now. Pray for those voting, for those working at the polling centers, for the results to be accurate, for their to be no serious complications in the voting process, for the candidates and their families, and for our country as a whole. Then keep praying. Your responsibility to pray doesn’t end when you cast your vote – like the next President’s, it’s just beginning.

And remember, no matter who wins the election today, we can rest in the knowledge that God is ultimately in control.

Happy Election Day! Go vote!!


2 Responses to “It’s Gonna Be a Long Day”

  1. Becky November 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Well put! I couldn’t agree with you more!! Love you lots!!

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