Bible

A Fourth Invitation to Pray

Votes are just choices…and, unfortunately, we often think our choices are either/or. You get this one or that one. The world does that you know. It attempts to frame situations as though we live in Flatland…a two dimensional universe in which some live on one surface of the Flat, while everyone else lives on the other side of the Flat. Between them is but a thin layer, but the inhabitants believe it is their only foundation. Sad. Pathetic. Such a world is the work of “little c creators” otherwise known as conmen.

Thankfully, we don’t live in a two dimensional world. The world we live in is full…and its fullness is the filling of choices only limited by our own creativity. Yes, you can choose between the two, but you can also choose them both. You can choose to pray for both of them. You can choose to speak well of both of them. You can choose to build a world of contentment that needs neither of them. You can vote, but you can also choose more. You can vote, but you can also pray. You can vote, but you can also be an ambassador of love through both victory or defeat.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). What “things will be added to you?” The things folks are so prone to worry about. The narrow path of stuff they have been conditioned to believe are of first importance. Like what to eat, what to wear, and for whom to vote. Listen again to Jesus (Matthew 6:25-33):

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Don’t worry. You get to keep right on voting.

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