Since I reached voting age, five presidents have been elected: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. None had any experience in the Senate. Doesn't that seem strange? And yet, it's understandable. It's hard to run for the presidency after serving in the senate. There is too long a trail of votes left behind--votes that probably made sense at the time but that are easy fodder for a national election. It seems to be easier to come from a governorship (Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush 43) or from appointments like ambassador to the U.N. and director of the CIA (Bush 41). I know this: most churches have a lot of different perspectives on how this election should turn out. Is that surprising? Don't we have differences and variety in every other way? Can we disagree kindly and not make this a test of fellowship? Can we hold strong opinions without writing one another off? Will we become something over this area of life (politics) that we despise when we see it in other areas of life? The way we use the stewardship of our vote is significant. But . . . our hope is never in one election or one country. Our hope is in the quiet, forcework work of the inbreaking kingdom of God!