Yesterday, as I voted and watched the election results, I wondered if America is perhaps at a point in time where the newly elected politicians and the people already in office are finally ready to sit down and act like the grown-ups they are and do the work they are elected to do (while checking their egos, party, vendettas, power-plays and future election goals at the door). I'm praying they will govern in humbleness and an attitude of being teachable. And I’m praying that the Christians in office will seize this opportunity to be the salt and light we so desperately need in the leading of this country.
I believe the words of two of the founding fathers below provide excellent wisdom on how politicians and citizens alike can best proceed:
James Madison: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]
Benjamin Franklin: | Portrait of Ben Franklin “God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1