If Romney wins, then, but if Obama wins…

Tuesday, our country will elect a president. As a fan of politics, and in-person viewer of two inaugurations, I’ve been paying attention. I believe the results will have an enormous impact on the future of our country.

Here are my plans if Romney wins, and then if Obama wins…

 

If Romney wins…

1. I’ll still see Jesus as my king. While I’ll work to live as a good citizen on Earth, I’ll focus most on “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” As Petra sang in the mid-80’s, “We are strangers, we are aliens…we are not of this world.”

2. I’ll pray for him. While I’ll try to remember to pray for him daily, I won’t commit to this for fear of breaking the commitment, but he’ll absolutely be the subject of many of my prayers. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray…for kings and all who are in authority…”

3. I’ll love my family. I love my wife and Parker and Fisher. We love our time together, prayers together, playing games together, etc. That love will grow.

4. I’ll stand challenged to help those in need. My life changed as I read Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkness will become like the noonday.” I plan to focus on serving Him by serving them more effectively. This will impact how I spend my time, money and focus.

 

But if Obama wins a second term, then…

1. I’ll still see Jesus as my king. While I’ll work to live as a good citizen on Earth, I’ll focus most on “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” As Petra sang in the mid-80’s, “We are strangers, we are aliens…we are not of this world.”

2. I’ll pray for him. While I’ll try to remember to pray for him daily, I won’t commit to this for fear of breaking the commitment, but he’ll absolutely be the subject of many of my prayers. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray…for kings and all who are in authority…”

3. I’ll love my family. I love my wife and Parker and Fisher. We love our time together, prayers together, playing games together, etc. That love will grow.

4. I’ll stand challenged to help those in need. My life changed as I read Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkness will become like the noonday.” I plan to focus on serving Him by serving them more effectively. This will impact how I spend my time, money and focus.

 

While I have some definite perspectives on this race (some of which I’ll tweet before Tuesday), these are the things most important to me. Thankfully, the political situation of our country doesn’t change any of life’s most important perspectives.

I’ve been pondering the ascension…

In the mid-late 90’s, I shared with the Park Crest college group from Philip Yancey’s book, “The Jesus I Never Knew.” Great book. I’ll confess I’d forgotten his thoughts on the ascension. I revisited the book and his thoughts a few months ago, and have pondered them since. Without getting too theological, or footnoted, etc. here are my conclusions. These are simple thoughts, but a new perspective for me.

If Jesus were here today, there would be two really big things happening:

1. People would do everything they could to get near him to ask Him to help them, heal them, pray for them, etc. It would be like this, but 1000 times over. He would help the poor.

2. People who loved Jesus would be clamoring to find ways to serve Him…can I get you some tea? Can I wash your feet? Here, have the comfortable seat, etc. It would be like Mary and Martha but 1000 times over. People would serve Him.

Jesus isn’t here (at least physically). He ascended. He’s not back yet. But…

1. People still need help. Since He’s gone, we can be stand in for Him and do our best to help those in need. As Audio Adrenaline sang a long time ago, we can be “His hands, His feet.” We can help the poor.

2. We can serve Him as we would if He were present in the “Can I get you some tea or wash your feet” sense. We do so when we serve others. In fact, that’s the point of much of Matthew 25, which says, “When you do this unto the least of these, you do this unto me”. We can serve Him.

Anyways…as you can see, #1 and #2 happen simultaneously when we serve others in His name.

These are some of the thoughts I’ve been pondering since mid-December. Our interns leave for Haiti on Monday to do just that. I’ll join them in the Caribbean soon. My friend Travis just left for Honduras to do just that, you can read more here.

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Dear Mr. President

The other day, I wrote an email to President Bush. The crazy thing is, he’ll actually get it. Will he read it? Who knows… Karl Rove had a deal set up where if you emailed his assistant, they would print it out, and hand deliver it to the former President. They’re going to give it to him sometime today. That email is between him and me, but I wanted to share some thoughts I’d share with President Obama if we could sit down for coffee or something…

  • Congrats…
  • I will pray for you…for wisdom, wise counsel, supernatural insights, and that you’ll walk in integrity. (The same types of things I prayed for Bush.)
  • We’re at a very exciting season in our country, and you have the respect and love of a vast majority of Americans. I join them in my hopes for a stronger, more respected, America.
  • I’m excited to see the impact you’ll have internationally. I look forward to seeing open doors, a deepending respect for America, and new opportunities for people from the USA to help others abroad.
  • Remember the poor! Please reach out to the fatherless and the widow…with respect, new opportunities and a belief that with resources in their community, they can escape poverty.
  • Thank you for your service to our country. I’m sure these will be a very exciting four years, but I know they’ll come at a sacrifice to your family and your personal freedom. Thanks for being willing to make this sacrifice for our country.
  • I’m gonna be praying for you!

Those are some of the thoughts I’d share over coffee with President Obama if given the chance.

And today…what a special day for our country, regardless of political persuasion. God bless America and God bless President Obama.

Laughing with politicians

I’ve loved the last 11 days…lots and lots of time with family, staying late at the house and coming home early…and earning Incredible Pizza tickets. I’ve eaten some great food, and laughed with (at) our Presidential candidates.

Did you see them the other night? Great stuff.

I think it’s imperitive that leaders have the ability to laugh at themselves. We’re facing serious times, but we can’t be serious 24/7. Both candidates had some great lines. My favorite lines from McCain were about Hillary’s potential support and his willingness to help Keith Olbermann decorate the MSNBC office, and the favorite Obama lines were in regards to his not being born in a manger, because he wasn’t. It was a fun night.

It reminded me of President Bush and Clinton, etc. and thoughts they share at the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner.

Anyways, I’ll hit the road again tomorrow in the midst of a busier than usual fall. I look forward to sharing thoughts from the road…and then to getting home to family again soon.