Election Eve...

Traveler's Tip #350
In the words of the great Woody Guthrie, "Jesus Christ for President... Let us have him for our king." 

America, as with every nation, has had its ups and downs. It’s wars, rebounds, dustbowls, and real estate booms. In our short history we've commanded the respect of the world because, and only because, we have been good. We have offered hope. But, again as with every nation of note, world power has its pitfalls. Like Rome, or the Greek Empire—the list goes on—America slogs on with blind, single-minded determination, leaving behind a reputation of virtue, honor, and goodwill toward men and wind-sprints towards a finish line that promises complete moral bankruptcy. In fact, we demand it in the name of tolerance. We have been fooled and we’ve loved it. We haven’t lost our compass, we’ve crushed it with our boot heel. Today we are dumb and numb. Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin have been bumped off by Fiddy Cent and the modern Romans go wild. 
We are divided by design, folks. And one thing is certain--no matter the outcome, tomorrow night we will be a country even more split than we are today. 
Should one candidate win, my heart breaks for women. There are so many wonderful, qualified, moral and wise females out there, and yet you very well may be represented in the pages of history by one of the most corrupt and condescending career politicians ever to hold office. She does not love you. You are a means to an end. 
On the other hand, there are so many good and qualified men. Men who respect the common good. Men who are temperate—patient to listen and slow to anger. Men who are quiet and strong and command respect without bluster. And yet these are our choices. 
So where do we turn? Not to the church it seems. The new western version has become for the most part nothing but mini corporations captained by celebrity CEOs. No answers there. Not to Hollywood. Not to the Facebook wars. Certainly not to our crumbling and corrupt political system. We must turn to truth--the God who loves us.
The thing is, no matter whose name follows the word President, true peace and happiness only come from the Maker, the One to whom we all owe our breath. 
But we must break before we heal…if we will. 
Jesus said- 
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  
Blessed are those who mourn, 
    For they shall be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, 
    For they shall inherit the earth.  
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
    For they shall be filled.  
Blessed are the merciful, 
    For they shall obtain mercy.  
Blessed are the pure in heart, 
    For they shall see God.  
Blessed are the peacemakers, 
    For they shall be called sons of God.  
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, 
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Where among those clamoring for our votes are the humble? Where are the pure in heart? Where are the peacemakers? 
Are we as a people willing to humble ourselves? Are we willing to seek righteousness and strive for honor and truth rather than selfishness and pride? Are we willing to become the least of these so that we might be great again? Because this is the only road to peace. The good news is we weren’t created for division. We were made for unity. We were born to love and be loved. This was and is God’s plan for you and me. 
Lord, teach us to kneel so we might stand together. 

Give us peace... 
Keep looking in, and keep looking up, Pilgrims. And no matter what happens, remember, the King is, and will remain, on the throne. 
Fair winds,