In Election, Let’s Pray to Do God’s Will

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Scripture says, if God is not the Architect, in vain do the builders labor.

Let’s pray to do God’s Will.

In the upcoming #election, let’s pray to do God’s Will with how each of us casts a vote, as well as with our other democracy-related activities, such as conversations, bumper stickers, yard signs, online posts, volunteering activities and so forth.

Some people might refuse to do this, to which we ask, “why?”

Are they afraid to pray? Or do they refuse to do God’s Will.

Let’s …

(1) pledge to do God’s Will

(2) pray to God, along the lines of, “God, I choose to do Your Will in this election. God, please help me to do Your Will. God, please help me to learn and know Your Will, and to act on it.”

In the process, we admit that God is Real, and that we are not God.

Before getting into any arguments about what God’s Will is, or how we feel about the election or any candidate or any issue, we admit that we should put God’s Will before our own.

We agree to cooperate with God, to lay the foundations for right judgment (i.e., right assessments) and right action.

If we do not seek to do God’s Will, if we choose to neglect our attentiveness to God or reject the notion, we run the risk of doing something that is not God’s Will.

By definition, we run the risk of opposing God’s Will, and we run the risk of finding ourselves fighting against God.

At the very least, we risk wasting time and resources, and having to back-track later to get back on course. As Scripture says, “If God is not the Architect, in vain do the builders labor.” Imagine trying to build a house, only to discover the plans were wrong, and it had to be torn back down, in whole or in part, and that we had to start over from scratch. If God is not the Architect, in vain do the builders labor.

Let’s pray to do God’s Will.

If someone tries to deny that God is Real, are they being realistic?

Even the demons could not bring themselves to deny that God is Real. The demons would start howling in the presence of Christ, proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God. They knew, and still know, all too well that God is Real (and incidentally, that they are doomed to Eternal pointlessness, suffering and damnation in hell; that, in the end, humans who are Saved will take the places in Heaven that the demons were stupid enough to lose; and that ultimately there is nothing that evil can do about it.)

If someone admits that God is Real, yet refuses to pray, why are they afraid to pray?

If someone refuses to do God’s Will, why?

God’s Law of Love is engraved on the fleshy tablets of the human heart. So, in the end, someone who rebels against God ultimately is in conflict within themselves, in conflict with God’s Love, and God’s Law, already placed within their heart.

Have those who refuse to do God’s Will been trapped into an addiction, or bad habits or some kind of false fulfillment?  Are they, perhaps, propped up by seemingly “trendy” arguments that actually are false arguments, contradictory to God and God’s Law of Love?

Or if someone brushes aside the call to pray to do God’s Will, are they already on the right track, yet afraid to take on difficult choices in an imperfect human season.

Or do they know the right course, deep down, yet are cowardly, and not wanting to answer the call to do more. Are they like the earlier Jonah, who wanted to “run off and hide” rather than carry out God’s Will in a more involved role. Are they like the earlier Thomas More, who became a “go-along-to-get-along” participant in a bad government, instead of speaking out for the truth earlier, rather than waiting for the perjury of a bad man to finally force his hand. Are they lacking the energy of a Saint Dunstan, who helped better rulers, but refused to become involved with worse rulers, even if it meant fleeing into exile.

Are they like the younger Archbishop Bergoglio, who apparently remained mostly quiet in the face of the Argentine Junta, not ready to be more like Archbishop Oscar Romero or Saint Thomas Becket, who shed their blood for Christ at the altar rather than cower before evil.

Let’s pray to do God’s Will.