“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:’May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity (Psalm 122:6-9).”
Today’s election day all over America. I was tempted not to vote.
In fact, I couldn’t even remember if I was registered. Since I was going to the public library anyway, and it was my polling place before I recently moved, I thought I would check to see if was even eligible. Sure enough, I was in the computer, so I voted.
My mood today is of the “throw the bum’s out” variety. I am disgusted with the whole political process in my country.
I used to be a political junkie. At least I followed politics on the news a lot. But now, I am so disillusioned that I really don’t know if it matters if I vote or not. I am so cynical that I am not even sure if they will even count the vote I cast today.
At this point in time, I just want to live my life and ignore politics and politicians. I don’t really care about public things that much anymore. My family is what’s important to me.
I think Jesus must have felt the way I do today. Once he was at a wedding and his mother prompted him to do something about the lack of refreshments. They had run out.
At this stage in his ministry, Jesus was content to lay low. He didn’t want to get involved and he told Mom so. “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come (John 2:4).”
Women, especially mothers, can be pretty persuasive, though and Jesus complied with his mother’s wishes. He proceeded to use His abilities and turned water into wine.
Shortly after this, Jesus got even more imvolved in public. He was so fed up with what was happening in the temple in Jerusalem that He made a scene there (John 2:13-17.)
I am like Jesus before He turned water into wine. I just don’t want to get involved.
Oh, I have been involved before – a lot. Unlike Jesus, my feeling is not that my time has not yet come. I believe perhaps that my time has passed.
I think I have blown my chances. Or, I am just plain tired.
Jesus actions after His Mom urged Him to end His phlegmatic approach illustrate to me a couple reasons why I have the wrong attitude.
First, I have my significant female other to think about. In Jesus’s case, it was His Mom. In mine, my woman is my wife.
My wife is my biggest motivator. Even now, she is asking me to set dates as to when I am going to accomplish some big things in my life: really big things.
In addition, considering that God calls me to love and protect her, it doesn’t seem appropriate that at this point in my life I take all my marbles and go home, or cash in my chips. For her sake, I need to keep leading and doing.
Even more importantly, God has some concerns He wants me to be focused on as well. First and foremost, God cares about His Church.
He wants me involved there. In fact, so does my current spiritual leader, my pastor.
Who am I to say no to my wife, my pastor and my God?
So why is voting important? Well, if fools run the show in America, there’s a good chance my wife and my church will be in danger. Their protections and their freedoms could be removed by ungodly leadership.
I had better find some politicians who will give Jesus a big smack on the cheek and vote for them. If these politicos know what’s good for them, they will serve God in their governing (Psalm 2:10-12).
My wife and family, my friends and my church will be better off if we have government leaders who listen to the wise man Solomon. He wrote.”To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness…(Ecclesiastes 2:26a).”
As I drive out of my neighborhood each morning, I pass a church. They have a sign that says,”Pray for peace.”
That’s a really good thing to pray for. If my country and community are at peace, it is more likely my family and my church will thrive.
I don’t think I will regret pushing that touchscreen this morning.