It’s no secret I’m Catholic, & stridently Conservative to the core. My wife is closer to my sister, though: Conservative in nature, and Christian, but not overtly political. Being married to me has done nothing to change that.
She reminded me a couple nights back that God is in charge and that His will has been done these past four years with the election of President Obama. This doesn’t mean she’s pleased by it, but rather that she finds comfort in the knowledge that God acts in ways incomprehensible to us. These past four years have somehow served God’s purpose in a way only He understands.
That does not, however, mean she will be sitting on the sidelines come Tuesday. She will be voting with basically two thoughts in mind:
- The choice is ONLY between the 2 candidates who have any hope of winning (read as: NOT for a 3rd party), &
- She’ll be voting for the person she feels espouses a Biblically-based worldview, especially as it pertains to LIFE, and FREEDOM of RELIGION.
My wife studies her Bible far more than I ever have, possibly because she was saved/baptized as an adult, and I continue to learn from her. That she has reached this conclusion through constant prayer and reflection comforts me far more than if she was just parroting my views (…ha-ha-ha….like THAT would ever happen…).
She is trusting that God is in charge, and that He is sending us what we need. By trusting in God, she’s trusting that her effort & the ultimate result will glorify Him.
Those two thoughts seem a very reasonable approach to me: trust, but keep working. Reminds me of an old joke:
Remember the one about the guy who, as his town flooded, refused a ride in a rescue Jeep, a boat and even a helicopter, saying he was “trusting that God would save him”?
After the man drowned, he went to Heaven and asked, “Lord, why didn’t you save me?”, to which God replied, “Are you kidding? I sent you a Jeep, a boat, a helicopter…!”
Just something to keep in mind.
We have a responsibility to trust in God implicitly, but we also have a responsibility to act as we believe He wishes us to act.