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Monday, November 5, 2012

An addendum – Pray & Vote!

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

”It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”   Charles F. Aked

Dear friends, regardless of who wins tomorrow, we must be good stewards of what God has given us . . . religious freedom, the ability to fight for our constitutional rights, the opportunity to vote and the power to pray (and continue praying) for our leaders and the greatest nation in the world.

I wanted to end with a quotation from John Newton. He wrote this over 200 years ago, and yet, how true it reigns today. Thank you for sending this Karen. It is sobering to think about what may take place tomorrow in our nation. No matter what – it is in the hands of our all-powerful Father. May He grant us mercy.

The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse,

"The Lord reigns! Let the nations tremble!" Psalm 99:1

The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker--the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. But He loves His children; some are sighing and mourning before Him, and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears. I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom; but I expect a shaking time before things get into a right channel--before we are humbled, and are taught to give Him the glory.

The state of the nation, the state of the churches--both are deplorable! Those who should be praying--are disputing and fighting among themselves! Alas! how many professors are more concerned for the mistakes of government--than for their own sins!

- from the letters of John Newton

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