I have a divine appointment approaching; an appointment I expect to keep.
Election Day has rolled around again on the calendar calling for my participation as an American citizen and I'm thankful for this opportunity.
Millions find excuses for not voting.
Alone in that voting both, I feel like an important part of the team that makes our nation work.
When I cast my secret ballot, I'm thrilled by the importance of the moment. This is what liberty is all about.
My vote gives me a voice in what will happen during the next four years because people have risked and given their lives to make my vote possible. The history and future of my country will stand there with me as I cast my ballot and it is time be thankful for freedom and human rights.
It's also time to pray.
Crucial issues are at stake in this election and weighing time is over. The moment of decision has arrived.
But why should I pray about which candidates will receive my vote? Haven't we been bombarded with facts about those in this race for months?
No question about that!
But experience has taught us that what we see isn't always what we get.
I need higher hands guiding me when I register my vote and, thankfully, wisdom is available to those who ask: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God" (James 1:5).
I will also need to consider my motives in voting.
Will I be casting my vote for the good of tòhe entire nation or just to make things easier for me?
When God created the oyster, he guaranteed it economic and social ease. He built the oyster a house -- a shell to protect it from danger. When hungry, the oyster simply opens its shell and food rushes in freely.
When God created the eagle, the sky was the limit. The eagle builds his house on a high mountain crag, where storms threaten every day. When he needs food he flies through miles of wind, snow and rain to find it.
The eagle, not the oyster, is the emblem of the United States of America. I may then have to decide in that quiet moment to vote for those who will protect freedom for all rather than for those who promise to bring the most financial benefits to a few.
I will also want to vote for candidates whose views on decency, integrity and Biblical morality are clearly stated and consistently practiced. Wise Solomon said righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). Since I accept his conclusion, I'm obligated to vote accordingly.
When I know the outcome of this election, it will be my responsibility to prayerfully support these newly elected leaders, whoever they may be (1Timothy 2:1-3).
America is blessed when we participate and pray.
Roger Campbell is an author, broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org