Another presidential debate will be televised tonight. The debate will be followed by the pundits discussing the merits of each candidate’s answers (or in some cases, non-answers), the reactions of independent and undecided voters, the polls, and on …. and on …. and on …. until Election Day on November 6.
The U.S. goes in to a “tizzy” during election year. First it’s all about each party selecting the right candidate; that’s followed by each of the candidates going on tour to promote their ideas, their hopes for the country. The volume increases. I have friends at both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere in between. Nearly every one of them is vocal about who and why we should support a specific candidate. Nearly every one of them also is determined that one of the two major candidates is a savior and the other is the devil himself.
I refuse to get embroiled in that. I believe that we, as a nation, are better than that. I believe that political action isn’t just about being vocal about a candidate. Eugene H. Peterson, in Earth and Altar, expresses my form of political action best:
Prayer is political action. Prayer is social energy. Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation’s life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation. That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police. Prayer is a sustained and intricate act of patriotism in the largest sense of that word–far more precise and loving and preserving than any patriotism served up in slogans. That society continues to be livable and that hope continues to be resurgent are attributable to prayer far more than to business prosperity or a flourishing of the arts. The single most important action contributing to whatever health and strength there is in our land is prayer.
Please join me in praying for the coming election, for the candidates, and for our nation…. Seek GOD’s wisdom in deciding for whom to vote. Then, no matter your political affiliation, VOTE! Just remember, PRAYER has more effect than our votes!