Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Casting My Vote

As I said the other day, I'm glad this will soon be behind us and we can move on. I have never in my life seen a more emotional election. We all know it's a historic one, but never before has there been so much emotion. This has not only been a historic and emotional day for me, but one of prayer. I don't know when I've felt the need more. I went to the polls where the entire room was filled with excited and exhuberant Obama supporters, rejoicing already in their victory. For some reason, I understood their feelings, their sense of history being made. I can't blame them for that.

Then I stepped into the booth and cast my vote for McCain/Palin with tears in my eyes. I don't know why the tears came. Maybe because I felt I was voting on the losing side? Or were they more tears of thankfulness to be able to do this simple act of faith, that I was voting for a cause which I thought was right, just as all those others were? Mine was just different. What will God do with that one little vote of mine? One thing He will do is give me a clear conscience and a determination to be a better Christian in the days ahead. Will the days ahead be more difficult for Christians in America? Only time will tell. Maybe we have had it too easy. Maybe that's why we've become so lax about our faith. Maybe hard times would be good for us. But I have satisfaction in knowing I have cast a vote for the life of the unborn, for family values, parental rights, a free enterprise system, national security, and a bit more I hold dear.

God makes the final call. He alone is the sovereign one who rules over all. If He has decided that He wants my candidate to win, then no one can stand in his way. But if He has determined that His will is different than mine, I will have a President whom I didn't want, but who will be President of this great country and therefore will have my support as far as I can give it, and he'll certainly have my prayers. And I promise to not trash him and bash him for his failures as so many have done his predecessor. I 'll give those failures over to God too.

On both sides, I've read and heard and seen a lot of mean and nasty things directed at the other side. This country needs some serious healing. I hope we can all work on that. And let's all remember something important: there is only one true Messiah. His Name is Jesus. If anyone can change this country and this world, He alone can. Let's worship Him only. And get busy serving Him in whatever lies ahead.


It's All Good! said...

Oh Maxine, I know how you feel. Like I told my daughter after she voted, and was nervous about the outcome. God will still be the same God tonight as He is right now. HE hasn't changed. Praise God. And you're right, no matter what the outcome, it is our responsibility to pray for him. The Lord's hand is not too short that he cannot save even those who have unrighteous and ungodly ideas.
My hope is in Him.
God bless,

Momma Roar said...

Oh, what a wonderful post. I feel so much the same as you!

I too have been praying that we accept who it is that will be president, not simply who "I" want. I had an emotional reaction too, when voting for McCain/Palin and just thinking about my one little vote. My hubby was home with the 3 kids and I was just thankful to be able to go in and vote.

Thank you for this post - your last paragraph is my favorite!

Penless Thoughts said...

You always say it so well and with such tenderness and gentle heart, Maxine. I am thankful I live in a country where I could walk out my front door, get in my car and go vote without any threat of anyone trying to stop me. What a blessing, honor and yes, duty. God does not ever step down from His throne!!!

diana said...

my blessing for today is the fact that we live in a country where we each have the freedom to cast our one little vote. it may seem small but it represents so much.

your last paragraph is so beautifully stated. i, too, pray for not only the healing, but a re-uniting of people for the good of this country.

we can also pray that in the next four years (and beyond), that through us, more people will come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

i also want to thank you for sharing your heart these past few weeks. we may not have agreed on everything, but i admire and respect your desire to share your heart with others.

Maxine said...

Thanks, Diana, it means a lot to me to hear you say that.

Thanking all of you dear blogging friends. I feel s though we've been through all this campaign thing together and I look forward to talking about other things soon.

~~Deby said...

Very well said Maxine...and now I say....we are all missionaries, there is WORK to be done...
We are the far right, but even now...even more so...
Why, because we are RIGHT, our beliefs are based on the Bible God's WORD...
Jesus is coming...

Beka said...

Just wanted to stop by to say thank you for this excellent series you've done here. I know that a lot of work went into this, and it has been so helpful. I haven't commented much but I have been blessed by these posts. I appreciate your gracious spirit and the peace that you have about all this.

I think today is a very sad day for America, and I must confess, I am really struggling with fear and worry and despair, ever since I found out the news early this morning. But I am so comforted to know that "the Judge is standing right at the door," and that the Lord will have the victory, no matter how much evil may seem to prosper right now. I think this is a wake-up call for Christians, and we have a lot of work to do-- most notably, in prayer.

So thanks again-- I know you've blessed a lot of people.

Lots of love,

Maxine said...

Beka, I really thank you for this comment. It's a hard day, yes, but for some reason I'm hopeful and ready for the future. I'm ready to pray for our new President (something I have asked the Lord to make my heart right about) and I'm hopeful that Christians in this country are going to become stronger in the days ahead. I think the church in America is weak in many ways--not standing up enough for what's right. Maybe we'll do that more when we feel more threatened. So already prayers and God have been heard less in our schools and many other areas of life have been stripped of the Word of God. Maybe if liberalism seeks to extend itself even more we'll be now more likely to fight back. I hope so. Maybe we'll reach out more to the lost around us now. That's what we should have been doing already in the past couple of decades. From what I've been seeing today, many believers have been jarred. Perhaps that's a good thing. I think it is.