Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this.   Benjamin Franklin

After all the disappointments of yesterday’s elections and the resulting fears, I needed the reminder of this quote from Benjamin Franklin. How very important it is to remember that God governs in our affairs, EVEN when we can’t see it, or don’t understand what He’s doing.

Govern came to us from the Latin (via Old French). Gubernare means “to direct, rule, guide, govern.”It was originally a Greek nautical term, meaning “to steer.” (Here’s a link to the Online Etymology Dictionary)

[BONUS: from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary— (first definition of “govern”)

To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established
laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority; to keep within the limits
prescribed by law or sovereign will. Thus in free states, men are governed by
the constitution and laws; in despotic states, men are governed by the edicts or
commands of a monarch. Every man should govern well his own family.]

Christians have always believed that the Republicans and the Democrats do NOT direct, rule or guide our country. We have always believed that God directs, rules, and guides our country through the electoral and democratic processes—the same processes that still allow us to stand for right.

How will melting into puddles of fear and woe convince others of the truth of our faith?

How will melting into puddles of fear and woe allow us to continue to stand for right in an environment where it may become harder and harder to do so?

Instead, let’s busy ourselves teaching our sons and daughters to think Biblically and critically so they may become attorneys and judges, politicians and business leaders. Let’s teach our sons and daughters compassion and bravery so they may become doctors, nurses, police officers, soldiers—first responders. Let’s teach our sons and daughters love and intelligence so they may become teachers and ministers and missionaries. Let’s teach them to allow God to direct, rule, and guide their lives.

In fact, how is God steering your life? What is God calling you to do that will truly impact your community, and thus our country?

In other words, let’s get busy about living the Christian walk of faith that we profess.

But, then, shouldn’t we be doing that, regardless of who won the election?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

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P.S. While we’re at it, let’s start acting Biblically and pray for our country, and its leaders specifically and by name!

WORD NERD CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: Check out the etymology of the word vote. I’d love to hear your thoughts. That’s what the comment section is for!