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The Resistance Prays

November 6, 2018
By Rev. Shelley Donaldson

Today's Top Story
We’ve finally made it: it’s Election Day. To call upon Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Hamilton: do not throw away your shot! Today is the day that your voice should be heard, so get out there and vote!

Politicians and groups are trying to spread misinformation about who can vote where and when. Check out this morning’s New York Times article clearing up the rumors of misinformation about your voting rights, along with links for live polls around the country!
Scripture 
“False christs and false prophets will appear, and they will offer great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. Look, I’ve told you ahead of time. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he’s in the desert,’ don’t go out. And if they say, ‘Look, he’s in the rooms deep inside the house,’ don’t believe it.” - Matthew 24:24-26
Trying to Deceive Even God's People
I've had the same Georgia cell phone number since I was in high school - which means that I have received phone calls and texts regarding their race for governor. All communications have been from the same political party, and each text and phone call is filled with more lies and vitriol than I care to read. While I know that this information is false, not everyone does. These scare texts and calls are false prophets at their most clever: a quick and easy way to reach thousands of people who might not be 100% sure just who to vote for.
 
This passage in Matthew isn’t just a warning, but an order on this election day: watch out for those false prophets who send texts and try to deceive you with their phone calls. It’s our responsibility to hold these false prophets accountable, because they are what will bring about destruction.
Act
As you head to the polls to make your voice heard, be on the lookout for those sharing false information so they can deceive the people of this country. Don’t be afraid to call it out. That’s our job after all, to call out the false witnesses and witness to the one Christ of love and redemption and resurrection. Don’t be deceived: make your voice heard!
Pray
Life-giving God, you do not deceive us and you never will. Give us the clarity of mind to see when the false truth-tellers of the world are at work and give us courage to call them out and seek your truth. Steady our hands in the voting booths as we make our voices heard. Amen.
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