On November 6 Americans will elect those who will fill various municipal, county, and state offices. In some cases we will also be asked to vote for or against certain legal propositions. But as we all know, what makes this election special is that we will also be electing the person who will be President of the USA for the next four years.
I’ve been thinking that I should write a blog about the election. I thought of writing about how we Americans are so fortunate that we have the right to vote, and should exercise that right. I also thought of writing something about how to go about deciding who to vote for. Or even offering my own summary of what I had heard from or about each candidate during this seemingly never-ending campaign season. But every time I thought about writing about the election, I heard this voice within me telling me “forget about it”. I have no doubt that this was the voice of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus said would tell us what to say (Luke 12:12). So I did forget about it. And just about that time, within the past week, I noticed something my daughter Christine posted on Facebook. She said something along the lines of “this is the only thing I’m going to say about the election”. And then she showed the following quotation, attibuted to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, on October 6, 1774:
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
I’m not sure, but I believe the election he referred to was for those who would serve in the British Parliament. The members of the society he referred to were those who were part of the Methodist movement. I believe I will be in good company with both John Wesley and Christine in passing this advice and guidance on to you as we approach election day, and in the days, months, and years ahead, regardless of who wins the election. It is true that the President of the USA has a great deal of power. But also remember that the ultimate and eternal power and control belongs to God. This means that whatever the results of this or any election, our faith-based hopes will be fulfilled, in God’s time and God’s way. And that’s all that I have to say about this election.
Grace and peace,
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Patty and Ray