Saturday Sermon: In the end, God wins
This week, we will exercise one of the most important rights and responsibilities that we, as American citizens, possess: the right to vote.
It is both a right and a responsibility and one that we should all take seriously.
In light of all the noise in the media and on the Internet, we would do well to keep in mind these nuggets of wisdom from John Wesley.
1. Vote, without fee or reward, for the person you judge most worthy.
2. Speak no evil of the person they voted against.
3. Take care that your spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
With Wesley's quote in mind, here are a few ways you can prepare for the Nov. 6 election:
Spend time in prayer, not only reflecting on whom you should vote for, but also asking God to guide your words, attitudes and actions toward those with whom you disagree.
Reflect on the candidates you will be voting for. Are these candidates "most worthy?" If so, why? How has your faith informed your decisions?
Think about the candidates you won't be voting for. Reflect on these candidates' good qualities and reasons why other people consider them "most worthy." Don't assume the worst about opposing candidates and their supporters.
Resist any urges to write nasty, anonymous comments about opposing candidates on the Internet. And, if your candidate loses, don't write ridiculous things like, "This is the end of America as we know it," or accuse the winning party of cheating.
Pray for the well-being of the nation and the world, regardless of which candidates emerge victorious on Nov. 6.
Remember that your president, governor, senator, Congress person, state representatives, etc. represent you, regardless of whether you voted for them. Let these people know what issues matter to you and why. Work with these elected officials for the benefit of all people, and particularly those whom Jesus called the "least of these."
No matter who wins the White House, God is still in heaven and Jesus is still Lord of all. Humanity has seen political leaders come and go and were God's ultimate and infinite plans were not changed by them? In the end, God wins.
The Rev. David King is the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios.