Respect the Government

1 Peter 2:16-17Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are Gods emissaries for keeping order. It is Gods will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think youre a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. (MSG)

It was my second chance to vote in an election. I thought about dressing two toddlers in snowsuits, rearranging their schedule and braving the elements. “No,” I said to my hubby. “You go ahead. One vote won’t make that much difference.” To my chagrin, the man we felt would make the better member of counsel lost by only one vote. Mine.  I had thrown away my ability to make a difference.  I learned my lesson and I have voted in every election since.

Democratic countries give its citizens the right to vote. In North America, the turn out is often less than fifty percent. Less than half of the eligible voters respect the governmental process enough to take advantage of this privilege. Our ancestors fought hard for this privilege and we toss it aside.

When the next election comes up, what will we do?

Prayer: Dearest God, forgive us for abdicating our responsibility to help the world become a better place. Where you have given us the freedom to vote, help us to remember to do just that.  Amen. 

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