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Editorial | Election may be history, but God’s still in charge

Photo Credits: Cartoon by Joe Heller
By the time the sun rose on Nov. 7, power had shifted in the United States House of Representatives for the coming session, with Republicans ceding control of that body to Democrats after losing seats to them in the mid-term elections Nov. 6.

Pundits view this as a major change, with House Democrats potentially able to block legislation. With Republicans still in control of the Senate, there’s a split legislature. Monumental, earth-shaking even. Gridlock and mayhem are expected to ensue.

But even if this comes to pass, the reality is that candidates and hot-button issues come and go, and nothing has changed at all, despite the changing of the guard among U.S. congressman.

The One and only True God lords over all the earth and reigns in heaven, as well. Yep, voting booth or no, God’s in charge — “as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.”

Regardless of when, campaigns and elections have “all been about mankind’s authority, the authority of human beings, but ultimately, God has authority over it all,” said Father Stephen Bauer, the pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Bonne Terre. The parish hosted Eucharistic adoration on election day, Nov. 6, commencing after weekday Mass at about 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m.

Sitting in adoration and listening for God’s call bears fruit not only on election days but any and every day.

“When we go sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament, we remind ourselves that God is the ultimate authority on all things,” Father Bauer said. “We’ve done all we could before the election and it’s like so many things: ‘Lord, it’s in your hands.’ That’s the truth of it all.”

Though the United States seems more divided than ever, with campaigns and issues driving wedges between family members, neighbors, communities and even parishes, God heals all wounds. We need to work together to resolve the important issues of today, including respect for life cradle-to-grave, immigration, social justice and health care.

Representatives only need to extend their hand across the aisle in fellowship to their opponents and fellow man, with a little prayer and discernment rather than demonization of people who have differing views.

God’s in charge, always has been and always will be. They, and we, need to remember that.

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