It’s almost time for the Presidential inauguration. This is historically a hopeful time in US politics. New adminstration. New opportunities for becoming a force for good in the world. But this year, a particularly rancorous campaign season has left many citizens feeling angry or fearful. How can we lift our thinking and our communities above partisan infighting and support good government? My blog today points readers to the power of understanding more of the Great Lawgiver, Judge, and King as an inspiration for prayer. Read on and continue your campaign for good government:
Got the post-election day blues? Or perhaps you’re filled with hope and joy! It’s been a tough year in US politics. Yet, over the coming months we will likely see a transition that reflects increased harmony. For another election cycle, it’s over.
Or is it?
The day after the election, I said to myself, “We’re done with national politics for four more years!” “Not so fast,” came the immediate response. “You’ve got work to do.”
I knew that didn’t mean campaigning or fund-raising or analyzing candidates’ platforms. It meant prayer. I’ve often turned to prayer for all kinds of problem-solving in my life. Perhaps the larger issue of good government was also in God’s hands.
As I prayed, this Bible verse seemed to me to embrace our three branches of the US government — judicial, legislative, and executive: “The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king.” That inspired me to keep praying.
I also found a statement in the writings of Christian healer and teacher Mary Baker Eddy that gave me a focus for my prayers about government. She writes:
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
I reasoned: If one infinite God, good, unifies us and annihilates what is wrong in social and political codes, then an understanding of God is the key to better government. Where better to understand God than to look to the life of Jesus?….