Monday, November 20, 2000

The Race to be King

Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours? God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."
(2 Chronicles 1:9-12)

The 2000 U.S. presidential election has been a wild and crazy one. On election night, the press kept us on an emotional roller coaster; first declaring Al Gore the winner of Florida (and essentially the next president), then declaring George Bush the winner, and then calling the election "too close to call." For the past two weeks, the nation has been divided with lawsuits, protests, recounts, and demonstrations, and still we have no president-elect.

Although there is no end in sight, I hope and pray that the eventual president will be the candidate with the greater desire to serve God. I know that if one of these two men is earnestly seeking wisdom and knowledge, not power and glory, then God will not only bless him but also this country.

Only God knows each of their hearts, and whether or not there is a candidate looking to serve him, but if there is, I hope he's the man that ends up in the White House; even if it takes another two weeks, two months, or two years to get him there.