Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Beyond the Vote

It is the day after the American election and the buzz for President-elect Obama continues. Obviously many in America were ready for change and weary of the previous administration. As an Canadian I do not want to comment on the election south of the border except to say that I will pray for President-elect Obama and all who were elected to office. I will pray that they will do their best to serve their country and that they will remember that they are ultimately accountable to God.

The expectations of many in America and around the world are so high, higher than any mortal can fulfill. Although most politicians make sacrifices for their countries the electorate are usually glad to see them leave office when their time is up. And the higher the office the more this is true. In this kind of environment it is best not to take the applause and the ebullient praise too seriously but instead to work hard to do what needs to be done while everyone is still full of enthusiasm.

In this world no political system or politician is perfect, though some are evidently better than others. Christians should be thankful for God's common or universal grace which provides relative levels of prosperity and stability. But no matter who is in office we are never totally at home because as the traditional spiritual says: "This world is not my home I'm just a passing through." And like all Christian believers we are "longing for a better country--a heavenly one" (Hebrews 11:16).

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