What a privilege it is to be able to voluntarily have a teeny tiny voice in choosing the leadership for our country!

Growing up, my parents always included us in their political thought process and took us to the polls. When it came time to cast my first ballot 10yrs ago, I said, “Daddy, who do I vote for?” “Who do YOU think you should vote for?” he replied.

With freedom comes responsibility and we should steward our influence wisely.

I’ve learned that no candidate will ever be perfect, no party will ever fully encompass our ideals. All of us bring different perspectives to the table and that’s one of the beautiful things about the United States of America.

Friends, as we approach November 3, let’s do our research and vote our conscience, remembering that choices have consequences and policies determine trajectories. We are setting the stage for future generations.

But as Jesus-followers, ultimately this is not our home: we belong to a Kingdom not of this world whose ruler is the Prince of Peace. While we are here, let us seek the peace and prosperity of the chunk of land mass to which we claim earthly citizenship (Jeremiah 29:7).

Our hope is not in leaders or governments but in JESUS alone. He changes the times and the epochs; He removes presidents and establishes them (Daniel 2:21). None of this is out of His control.

As we pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done; on earth as it is in heaven,” may we remember that every human bears the image of God and should be loved + treated with dignity regardless of politics. May the Church stand courageously for Truth while being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace amidst the schemes of division.

Kyrie Elieson, Lord, have mercy.

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