Certainly it's a weekend to pray for our nation (as, of course, we pray for all nations of the world). I, for one, will be glad to get politics ads off of television and radio. They're pretty much all--Democratic and Republican--obnoxious to me. A great memory from four years ago. Friends in Uganda were watching election results on a satellite tv at a local hotel. Others who were watching in the hotel told them how very sorry they were for America. When my friends asked why, they found out that the others were assuming there would be an ugly civil war in the United States. Al Gore had "clearly" won the election. (They understood popular vote, which Gore clearly won, but had no concept of electoral college.) They found out that the election turned on the decision of a state where the President's brother was governor and where one of his state campaign co-chairs was secretary of state . . . and then on the decision of a Supreme Court that was heavily Republican-appointed. They assumed there would be war. But there wasn't. There was anger. There were recounts. Then no recounts. Then appeals. But in the end, there was civility. I hope there is a clear victor Tuesday night. (If the most recent polls are accurate, it sounds like there will be a clear winner.) But even if there isn't--even if we're in suspense for weeks again while votes are being counted in Ohio or Wisconsin and while appeals are being filed--aren't you glad that the system of government holds up? I'm especially thankful for the mature ways I've noticed so many Christians agreeing to disagree in this election. Apparently a majority of white Christians will vote for George Bush, while a majority of African-American Christians will vote for John Kerry. They're apparently weighing different aspects of the campaigns and coming to different conclusions. Wouldn't it be tragic if we erected walls saying, "Real Christians vote this way"? The last thing the body of Christ needs is ONE MORE THING to divide "the REAL Christians" (those who agree with ME) from the others.