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 – 52

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

There isn’t much on TV I actually watch. I watch sports, news, and comedy. No TV show has really captured my interest. Then again, I haven’t really tried any. Ideas?

I can’t wait until the election is over so I can respect some of my friends again 😉 Obviously, I respect them always, but wow, I’ve been surprised at their behavior.

In one of those random tweets, I asked if you were cold and hungry, would you rather have the world’s greatest burger, or the world’s best pizza? Pizza won nearly unanimously.

The good news for the church about the election is we can still be faithful and God can still move regardless of who is in the White House. God has a long history of working powerfully in spite of some real prizes occupying earthly thrones.