Saturday, October 29, 2016

Privilege and Responsibility


On Monday evening Larry and I went to one of the early voting sites, along with hundreds of other people, to vote.  Part of the hour and 27 minutes we were outside and able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and briefly visit with friends from church.  The process was very well organized.  As we spent time in line, I found myself praying and observing.

* Even after a long day at work, people were willing to stand in a long line to vote.
* People waited without complaining.
* We were able to cast our vote in safety.
* Multiple nationalities were represented.
* The longer people stood in line, the more they began conversations with the people around them.
* People of all ages were there, from the elderly to a young lady who had come with her father to vote for the first time.
* Whether it’s the best of times or worst of times, it’s still a privilege to be an American.
* There was a sense of patriotism and pride in taking time to vote. 
* I was reminded that along with great privilege comes great responsibility.
* To make a difference, I need to do my part in being a responsible and productive citizen.
* I must take to heart the importance of praying for those in authority.

Voting was not the end of the election, but rather a step in the process.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God reminds us that, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 

We know that God will keep His part of the promise.  Now it’s time for His children to do their part.

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
Daniel 2:20-21

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
I Corinthians 4:2

 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12:48

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
I Timothy 2:1-4

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