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Invocation

October 18, 2008

I read with sadness the story about the invocation given recently at a McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa.

The minister basically said that God needed to prove His power by ensuring that John McCain be elected. 

I am a Christian minister, and a supporter of John McCain, but that prayer disturbed me in several ways.            

First, there is the assumption that God is on McCain’s side.  What about all the Christian people who for a wide variety of reasons have chosen to support Obama?  Are we to say that they are fighting against God?  I don’t think that is proper to make that statement.  Both men have claimed a measure of faith and we are not in a position to judge their relationship with God. 

Secondly, we do not know the plan, purpose or will of God for this election.  We may think that we do, but do we, really?  Do we have the mind of God?  Do we have the right to speak for Him in this matter?  That is pretty bold for someone to claim.

Third,  God does not need to prove His power in this way.  God regularly works in the lives of people around the world who can testify to His power to save, to heal, to help in a wide variety of ways.  The final demonstration of the power of God will come on that day when we come before Him, when every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

I hope that the people of God will be involved in this election process.  I hope that we will show grace, love and peace to to all of our fellow Americans, regardless of their religious, or political beliefs.

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