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“Our Good God Rules the World”

Last night I shared an article by Max Lucado as a devotion at a meeting, which ended with the following: “Circle November 9 on your calendar and write upon it the words: Our good God rules the world.”
I am going to practice what I preach today, despite confusion and sadness about what many think is a good example of a leader.
What has been said in this campaign against people of different religions, races, sexual orientations and genders has broken my heart. I am more strongly impacted by these words because I am married to someone of a different color skin. It’s a position I can only understand a little, but one I am well aware of. Many people now feel less safe because of threats that have been made, despite them being born in this free country. It seems so unfair to me that just because of the color of my skin, I can feel more safe than the partner that lives with me. 
I am going to love my neighbor, even if we disagree. I am going to serve those less fortunate than me. I am going to glorify the God I know to be in control. I am going to praise that the victory has already been won through Jesus Christ.
It won’t be easy, but as Christians, we need to set the example of Christ’s love, whether we voted for the winner or the loser. 

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:8 – 16

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