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November 5, 2019

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The immoral Matt Bevin faces Kentucky voters today. President Trump tried to rescue him with a rally yesterday.
"Voters in four states head to the polls on Tuesday for general statewide elections of note. These off-year contests may not be as high profile as the 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be a year from now, but they could offer some important hints on how voters are feeling about President Trump, impeachment, guns and more." (Via NPR).
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. -- Galatians 6:7-10 
It's election day here in Kentucky and our gubernatorial race is being watched as a sign of our political times: Matt Bevin, the incumbent Republican governor is a Trump-like demagogue who is the least popular governor in the United States. The race is also a startling juxtaposition of two very different types of Christians. Read more about Bevin and his opponent here

I've predicted Bevin will lose. But I'll be honest with you: my prediction has nothing to do with the polls. I predict the candidates who are better advocates for the common good will win every election.  

My work colleagues still give me a hard time for predicting a landslide defeat for Trump in 2016. But I'm making the same prediction about 2020. Now, before you accuse me of being naïve and unsubscribe from this newsletter, let me explain. My hope for a better world, for combating the climate crisis, for addressing gun violence, for universal health care: none of this hope is based on polls. My hope for a better world and for the defeat of the Trumps and Bevins of the world is rooted in my faith in Jesus Christ. 

Polling expert Nate Silver shared this earlier today: "There's a certain type of Democrat I talk to who seems determined not to get their hopes up that Trump will lose, which is an understandable reaction. But sometimes that morphs into a belief that it's savvy to think Trump will win/naive to think he *could* lose, when it isn't."  I'm deeply worried about people who believe Trump will get re-elected. Do they believe we will never solve the climate crisis? Do they believe police brutality is a given in communities of color?

I know that the better candidate who supports social justice doesn't always win. The Christian story is not one of always "winning" -- but it is one of believing and hoping and praying and voting and doing everything we can to build the kin-don of God on Earth. We have to sow the seeds of life in response to God. I'm predicting the people standing on the side of Love will win -- hopefully today and surely in God's time.  
Vote! If your city or state isn't voting today, encourage friends in a state that is having an election to vote! 
God of Love, help us to channel your love into the world today at the ballot box. We confess the brokenness of our world and our complicity in it as evidenced by evildoers being elected to public office. Convict our hearts and minds to be doers of Your Word through political and social activism. In defeat, in victory, and in everything we do: may we be co-creators of your kin-dom on Earth.  Amen.
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