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Post Election Pastoring?

We as pastors are called on to care for the family of God.  In times of loss, sickness, death we are there to comfort and help.  In times of joy we are there to marry, baptize and christen.  We are called to share the gospel with the lost and train the disciple to fully follow God.  A pastor’s responsibility is diverse and filled with great opportunity.

Following the election on Tuesday night I have been called into several situations. 

Here are a few things that I have dealt with.  

I have received the following questions; “why does it seem evil is prevailing?” “why did I get angry at God about the outcome?”  “why are Christians, who don’t like the way I voted, so mean?” “Pastor, how do you feel?”

In times like these we are called upon to answer questions, mitigate fear and settle relational disputes. 

Here are 5 suggestions for “Post Election Pastoring”

1. Stand strong and firm in simply pointing people to Jesus.   This should always be our simple message, pre and post election.  If you wavered on this in the pre-election run up, lets get back to doing what we are called to do.  

2.  Share the optimism of the Gospel not the pessimism of the culture. I John 5:4a “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.”

3.  Exemplify grace and love in relationships with those with whom you disagree.  There is no better teacher than simply leading by example.  Pray for the opposing party, candidate and for the country in a way that exalts God and is in their best interest.  (Not “Lord please kill them now”)

4.  Talk about something else.  Hopefully our churches were relevant enough to speak to the current cultural issues surrounding the elections. It’s over.  Move on!  May I suggest that you not IMPULSIVELY make your next sermon series about prophecy.  (of course you must do so if the Lord leads. Duh)

5.  Love and re-affirm your love for God and people.  Pastoring is summed up in simply two key responsibilities.  We must be individuals who love God and love people.  Let’s do that more passionately than ever before.  As people watch our love for God and feel our love for themselves they will be strengthened and encouraged and motivated to do the same. (which would solve most of the problems we are left to deal with after a bitter election cycle)

In what ways have you been given opportunities to minister as a direct result of the election? 

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An election day prayer

Gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank you today that we live in such a great country! Thank you for your blessings on this nation that allow us to vote today freely and without fear. We give you praise for your magnificent power and wisdom.

Father we believe our country has turned it’s back on you. Not just in the last four years but for decades we have rebelled against your will. We ask for your forgiveness for our sins which are many.

We trust in the fact that you rule supremely and know that no sparrow falls from it’s nest without you seeing it. We believe that you raise up rulers and kings. We trust completely that your wisdom is greater than any earthly wisdom.

With great humility we ask that you would allow our candidate to win. We believe to the best of our knowledge that he offers the best future for our country.

Above all we ask that you would allow the candidate to win whose election would bring the greatest chance for the revival of your church, the candidate whose election will cause the church to be more prayerful and dependent upon you and that drives us to our knees.

We thank you that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood” and that we do not wrestle in our own strength but in the power of your spirit.

We submit this prayer humbly in name of Jesus Christ our Lord. “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen”


I’m Voting for Romney, here’s why. (short version)

For those of you who know me the title of this post doesn’t surprise you.  However, on the eve of this election I thought I would share a few reasons why.  So here’s the short version.

One prefacing note.  

THE MORMON ISSUE – Let’s get this straight, I do not believe Mormonism is orthodox Christianity, I also realize that I am not voting for pastor but president.  Come to think of it, there are few (can’t think of any) presidents in American history I would want to be my pastor.  

1.  I’m voting for Romney because I’m voting against Obama. –   The president and the democratic party is the most liberal and radical of any president or party in American history.   I don’t think we can stand 4 more years.  

2.  I’m voting for Romney because I love babies and the traditional family. Obama has made a the expansion and promotion of abortion and same-sex marriage a major part of his campaign.

3.  I’m voting for Romney because I believe in religious freedom.  I don’t believe the government should be able to force religious institutions to violate their belief’s.  Obama does.  

4.  I’m voting for Romney because I believe parents ought to be able to decide where and how their kids are educated.  Teacher unions own the democratic party and are fighting hard everyday to keep the control of children’s education with the state not the parents.  

5.  I’m voting for Romney because I believe in capitalism and free enterprise.  I fundamentally don’t believe our president does.  

I don’t believe the ultimate answer lies with any one person or party.  There are plenty of things about the Republicans and Mitt Romney that I don’t agree with but I do believe he is a good and decent man and the Republican party’s stance on the above issues are closer to mine than the Democrat’s.  Therefore, tomorrow morning I will cast my vote for Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President.  

Anyone else dare to declare?

 


I’m voting on Tuesday, here’s why.

I will be voting on Tuesday.  I know, you knew that already, but perhaps I’ve never told you why.  So here are my 5 reasons.  

1.  I don’t let others pick what I eat for breakfast, why would I let them pick my president?  Although small and insignificant and in some states irrelevant, every vote counts.  I want to be a part of that decision.   

2.  I believe elections have consequences. The ruling party has significant might I say, massive power to effect our country.  From the agenda they set to supreme court appointments to executive orders or the hundreds/thousands of other appointees and decisions that effect us all, elections have major consequences, therefore I will vote.  “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” Obama, Jan 23, 2009

3.  I believe in America.  As a citizen I love this country and although we are not perfect (far from it) I believe we have the best system in the world.  I vote because of the vision and sacrifice of our founding fathers, the service of my grandfather who is buried in France, my brother who was injured in Iraq, my nephew currently in Afghanistan and every person who has fought for our freedom.

4. I believe in being salt and light.  Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth and the light… you get it.  If we as followers of Christ do not engage ourselves with our faith in these areas we remove the salt and light from this arena of society. “Hide it under a bushel, NO!” 

5.  I believe in God’s sovereign control over the world.  Yes, God rules in the affairs of men and the way God works in the world is he uses men and women to exercise and accomplish His will.  I believe God raises up and brings down kings and rulers through human means.  My responsibility is to pray and vote.  I trust God with the outcome.

Stay tuned for my next post “I’m voting for ______, here’s why”. 


Five things I will do if Romney or Obama is elected

Okay we have all watched, pontificated and worried about this year’s presidential election.  Now we are only 4 days away from knowing who will win.

It is no secret I am supporting Mitt Romney as our next president.  I am even more motivated to remove the current president, Barack Obama.  So on Tuesday I will  vote and pray that Romney wins.  But what if he doesn’t? Although I am quite confident Romney will win.  I have be prepared either way.  So here are 5 things I will do if Romney is elected, and then 5 things I will do if Obama is elected.  

If Romney is elected I will:

1.  Sleep well Tuesday night knowing that we live in the greatest country in the world.

2.  Celebrate that our election system is more modern, safe and trustworthy than any other in the world.  

3.  Remind my family that Jesus Christ is the one who we serve and our devotion and service to Him is far more important than our support of a political candidate. 

4.  Pray for and show respect to our President because he has won, and God demands that I react in such a way.  

5.  Remind our church that we hold the key of true change through the proclamation of the Gospel and the Power of the Spirit.

Now IF Obama is elected (don’t think it will happen) here’s what I will do:

1.  Sleep well Tuesday night knowing that we live in the greatest country in the world.

2.  Celebrate that our election system is more modern, safe and trustworthy than any other in the world.  

3.  Remind my family that Jesus Christ is the one who we serve and our devotion and service to Him is far more important than our support of a political candidate. 

4.  Pray for and show respect to our President because he has won, and God ask me to react in such a way.

 5.  Remind our church that we hold the key to true change in America through the proclamation of the Gospel and the Power of the Spirit.

So what about you?