We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
So much of what is on my mind today has so little to do with this Article of Faith. It’s Election Day, and today the nation will choose its next President. My mind keeps drifting to a plea I’ve heard from at least a dozen different people in a dozen different conversations today; whoever wins, it seems there will be a lot of praying that the next President really does turn out to be a good guy.
I hope so, too.
I honestly can’t remember a time when I was more pessimistic about the future of our nation than right now. I have a great fear of the direction that either candidate will take us, but I have a particular fear of what this means for my children. I was talking to a friend today, and she is convinced that an Obama victory is the path to our nation’s destruction. I spoke with another friend, and she believes a McCain victory will ruin this nation’s economy. I personally don’t really see a silver lining to either thunder cloud today; appropriate then that the rain and snow are flying in the real thunder clouds over my head.
And of course you are wondering what this has to do with the fourth Article of Faith. To be honest, I’m not sure. Maybe I could find a tie-in by saying that faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ would lead us to greater happiness as a nation. Maybe repentance would mean more wholesome lives. And maybe there is no tie-in at all except that I truly love the phrase “We believe….”
I believe that whomever is elected president today will have placed on his shoulders a greater burden than I care to bare. I believe that this nation’s establishment and continued preservation was and is an act of God. I believe that His interest in this nation gives us the right and responsibility to pray for whomever may fill the position and that we have the right to expect that person to fulfill the presidency with an eye heavenward. And I believe that the president who does not do so is not only accountable to God but to me.
The person I voted for will not win today’s election; he’s not even running. But the winner of today’s election will have my most sincere prayers and hopes because I believe in our own inate ability as people to do what is right in God’s eyes.