Who Should You Vote For?

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I’ve been asked that question numerous times over the past few months. Here’s a brief response:

For whoever’s policies and values you think are most consistent with God’s Kingdom. That’s sometimes hard to tell–but not usually. If you’re going to vote, don’t waste it protecting your agenda. Don’t waste it trying to create the society your flesh thinks ought to be. Seek God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.

A vote is an important thing. However: voting is not the most important thing you can do. Following Jesus faithfully and leading in your church faithfully is the most important thing you can do to influence society.

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 53

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

I love the age our older two daughters are at (9 and 8), compared to our youngest (2). I heard older parents refer to elementary school as “the glory years of parenting.” I really enjoy these years.

In church, it’s a great temptation for upper middle-class people to dress like the widow with two mites as to avoid the expectation of generosity.

Another temptation is to claim one’s giving is sacrificial when in fact it simply means one loses the freedom to spend whatever whenever.

I wonder if Hurricane Sandy would have even been noticed if it had happened in Nebraska, rather than a media hub? Who cares? People are people, and those impacted by the hurricane deserve our prayers and help.

At the risk of drawing massive scorn from my readership (which is highly Apple biased), I’m switching back to Windows from Mac with the release of Windows 8. I spent the week playing with it–and love it. I love the look, I love that even the laptops are touchscreen, and the superior software options. If you are a writer, Mac has some eye-catching software, but their editing software is poor by comparison. The biggest reason–I’m fed up with Apple’s bilking of it’s customers. Now, I can get bilked by someone else 😉

I love that Microsoft is launching a comeback right now. The wars between Google, Apple, and Microsoft mean cheaper, better service for everyone–whichever platform you pick.

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 51

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Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning:

An Indian man just became a father again at age 96, breaking his own record. He met his 52-year-old wife 10 years ago, after practicing a life of celibacy. His quotes are priceless: “My neighbors are jealous and they keep asking me for my secret, but all I tell them is that it is God’s will,” He then adds: “I think it’s very important for a husband and a wife to have sex regularly and when she asks, I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I’ve put our needs aside for now.” Toward the end of the article, he says that while he is perfectly capable of having more children, he’s done for financial reasons. Sorry…that’s just awesome. Click here to read the article.

It’s looking more and more like we need to start practicing saying, “President Romney.”