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Well I got up this morning and did my civic duty. I have to admit, I can’t recall a time when I was less excited to cast a vote. I felt like this time the two major parties gave me a choice akin to “Would you rather have nausea or (how would Sheldon Cooper say it?) digestive distress?” Nonetheless, those were my choices and I had to choose.

I can almost hear someone screaming “What about a third party?” I’d love a viable third party, but the third parties have got to get their collective acts together. They can’t just jump in at the eleventh hour every four years and expect to do anything but strip votes away from the candidate they most resemble, handing the election over to the candidate they least agree with. If they want to be viable in 2020 they need to start in 2017 and make some strides in the “lower” offices. That way if they do ever get a president, the person will have a few people to back them up. Get your act together third parties, we could have used you this year but once again it’s too little too late.

This is not a political blog and I don’t want it to become one. Voting is a privilege we should take seriously. We should cast our once vote, but then what? Well Romans 13 tells us: “13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

In first Timothy 2 we read: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,”

Looks like we are supposed to submit to the authorities, pay our taxes and pray for our leaders. Keep in mind when these passages were written, it is likely that the world was ruled by a guy named Nero, a far worse choice than nausea or digestive distress, and by the way those folks didn’t have a choice.

So what do we do? The same thing we should do tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that… If your vote has been cast, you did everything you can to control the outcome of this election. Now it’s time to get back to work, faithfully serving the Lord, honoring God and as Peter wrote, “2 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Your call to do these things supersedes whoever the current occupant of the White House may be. You voted for your candidate now it’s time to pray for the winner and elect to follow…

Okay before we go any further, this is not a political post. I don’t believe for a second that my little cartoons could change your mind, and to be quite honest, I am not committed enough to either of these people to try. I love this country and I feel that the fact that these are our two choices, shows that this nation that I love is in DEEP trouble. What I do care about is the relationships between people. I feel like there are people destroying relationships over this mess, and in that regard, I think we can do a lot better and I would love to help. Over the next two weeks my web comic Creacher will feature these comics, but I decided to give my readers here a little preview.

Pray, vote, pray for the one elected and get back to work following Jesus and making a difference.

I want to talk about the debates today, but relax this is not a political post. My first confession is that I did not watch the debates. I had a great night preaching revivals last night and didn’t want to ruin my mood by watching the two people my nation has inexplicably decided to put up as the best candidates from their party. I still shake my head in disbelief, but that is a different story for a different day, and probably a different blog since I really can’t stand politics. My exposure to the debates came today when I hit my social media. OH MY WORD!!!

The fact that I have so many friends who actually believe either of these people will make a good president boggles my imagination. Rest assured, I will follow my God’s admonition to pray for whichever one wins and further I will go to the polls to vote for the people I believe will advance the causes that are near and dear to my heart, but at this point I am thinking I will either skip the top slot altogether or write in Yeshua Hamaschiach as a symbolic gesture. I have been more down about this SNL sketch turned reality called the 2016 election than I must have realized. Then today my friend Chuck Kieffer from the Foundry Church posted a question to Facebook that got me back on track.

You get to pick one.
(A) A Christ centered life where you are spiritually blessed but have troubles that cause you to fully rely on Him.
(B) the perfect political leader and system of government that you get what you want.

Sometimes I wonder if Christians really understand what this life is all about. You get one choice choose wisely

Well said, Chuck! That command to pray for our leaders came at a time when someone far worst than either of our current candidates was the political ruler of the world. I say “political ruler” because in reality Jesus already rules the world. Believers we need to keep that in mind. Trump or Clinton will end up in the White House, but what matters so much more is God is on the throne. If you feel so led and one of these people inspires confidence in you, vote for them. If both of them depress you, do something else, but remember this. Our first call is to Jesus. Cast your vote and get back to work. Let’s live a better story and tell the world the story of the only One who can actually save it.

That’s what we’re here for.

I made this a little while back to remind my congregation of what’s really important this election year. It’s a tongue in cheek approach to a serious topic. For the record, I omitted Kasich because there was talk that he was going to drop out before the PA Primary and these things take a while to do. He’s not my candidate either.

This is a way to use humor to communicate. How can you use your gift to share a message?