Response to Last Night’s Debate

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” In exactly 29 days the American people will vote. And the recent controversies swirling around Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, coupled with last night’s debate will go a long way in determining the winner of that vote.

I will not respond to last night’s debate here. This week’s Rushmore Report, which will be out Thursday, will cover the debate and much more. My purpose here is to take a broader view.

Anyone who heard the recently released tapes of Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about women was either sickened by his comments or is without conscience. His supporters respond that Bill Clinton did worse, and that he is only guilty of misguided locker-room banter. So what we have is a divided nation – divided even further.

One wonders what our first president would think if he were with us today. George Washington spoke of the early Republic: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

Read that second line again. “Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” What this sad election has taken from all Americans is “peace and harmony with all.” And sadly, most will look for political answers to questions that are not political.

I’ll say it, at the risk of being called a simpleton. We as believers in Jesus Christ must pray. And we must learn to love, forgive, and embrace what we share in common, while seeking God more than his blessings, purity over prosperity, service over success, and goodness over gain.

In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill into law, initiating the National Day of Prayer, which is held the first Thursday of each May. I suggest we can’t wait that long. May we pray for our great country today. And then may we be the answers to our prayers . . . “cultivating peace and harmony with all.”

Roosevelt was right. We all must vote. And someone will win while another loses. But I suggest that what happens on November 8 will matter less than what happens on November 9. That is the day Christians will have their greatest opportunity – an opportunity to “cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

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