the most important day for Christians this week

On Sunday, prior to the prayer time at the worship service of West Valley PCA, I made the comment that I believe that Wednesday, not Tuesday is the most important day for gospel-centered Christians during an election week.  The day is upon us.  Has our hope, joy, confidence, graciousness, otherness changed?

O God, may your church be the salt and light of the gospel in how we speak, in how we depend on you alone as the King above all nations…  May your church speak graciously into one another’s lives, in our workplaces.  May we listen and love.  May we pray and share peace.  May we encourage and not slander. 

For your church, may the salvation of society and culture not be found in the election of a human leader and government.  Equally so, for your church, may discouragement not reign due to the election of a human leader and government!  Neither/nor.  O God, thank you that you have already revealed the hope of the  nations, the gospel of salvation – YOU ALONE CHANGE HEARTS and you have begun the advancement of the kingdom of full justice and mercy and truth among weak individuals, societies, cultures!

Today, may your church be prayerful for its elected leaders (Romans 13) – whom YOU have put in your place of leadership for your purposes!  May your church be the aroma of grace in how we show our true hope of Christ and his reign in our hearts above all things!  May we listen and learn and consider the interests of others (Philippians 2) that we might truly love, truly engage, and truly contextualize the hope of the world for people irregardless of their political hopes/fears.  Me what we believe MOST in – your gospel – be revealed today by our speech and conduct.  

May we not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe and for the transformation of all things!  All things.  The only power. 

No matter what we hoped for yesterday – from left to right, from the cities to the farms, from North to South… this Wednesday, we still love our worldwide, eternal, timeless, unchanging Government.  Our King of kings and lord of Lords.  Come Lord Jesus Come!  Amen.

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