Thank you, Lord!!  Praise You for offering a seed of rational thought in this chaotic election!

I used to say that Colin Powell was one of the very few Republicans I could possibly vote for for President.  (Ironically, John McCain was the other one.  The 2000 John McCain is a totally different candidate from the 2008 John McCain.)  As with many voters, I became less enchanted with General Powell when he appeared in front of the United Nations to share shoddy evidence for attacking Iraq.  It is one of the very first things we learn in international relations – to respect the sovereignty of a nation, to not attack it without there being a clear and emergent threat – and it was so obvious that this move was going to not only a total breach of these basic premises, but would also set an incredibly dangerous precedent (and a precedent that, if the tables were turned, we as Americans would be totally ripped about.  Imagine – someone just drops some bombs on us because we are thinking about hating them?!? The nerve.)

Anyway, General Powell is back in my good graces, and in fact, I just told DB that I plan to marry him.  (Ha!)  In all seriousness, finally, we have someone from the Republican Party – who is seen as a uniter, rather than a divider – who clearly articulates why both McCain and Obama are good candidates, but Obama is better.  If you haven’t seen this video, please, please, please, please take the 7 minutes it requires and watch General Powell.

According to the polls this morning, 8% of Americans are still undecided about this election.  It is my fervent prayer that this logic will help at least a few of those Americans make a decision.

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Finally, I have an urgent prayer request for a friend. (While this is not related whatsoever to Powell, I am putting it here for security reasons, rather than giving it its own separate post).  If you are the praying type, please please be in prayer for my friend and her fiance, who recently became engaged.  They are both serving in public health projects overseas – she in Rwanda with World Relief; he with this organization. This morning, one of his colleagues was killed while walking to work on the charge of “preaching Christianity”.

As someone who had a loved one serve in a war zone recently, my heart goes out to my friend, C, her fiance, Bear, as well as for the organization with which he is working.  I received an email from my friend, which I pasted below:

[Bear] has requested specific prayer for wisdom for the org’s leaders, as they make decisions about how to proceed and also interact with the local and international media (particularly related to the preaching charges, as it is illegal to preach Christianity in [the country where Bear is – must read link here]).  The org is a humanitarian org and employs Muslim nationals, but the expat staff are all believers.

Thank you also for your prayers for the family of the woman who was killed, and also for safety of the local and expat staff, including Bear.

(And here is where I get preachy.) Regardless of your political beliefs – regardless of your opinions about whether the U.S. should be engaged militarily in any specific country in this world – the fact remains that there are people in those countries who are hungry, poor, and hurting.  It is only the most honorable of us that can give up the comforts of life in the U.S. – where the loss of financial security ranks among the most significant of our fears, at least for many of us – and serve in countries like these places, where one cannot even take for granted the ability to walk to work without threat of attack.   Here, in America, we have this habit of taking for granted so many things that very few around the world enjoy – we have the right to free speech, we can pray however and for Whoever we want, and we can even say things like “I hate our government” – without fear of reprisal.  As I’m sitting here, with Face the Nation in the background (from yesterday) with pundits discussing whether “we’re better off now than we were 8 years ago”, discussing taxes and the Dow’s performance, it becomes abundantly clear that some Americans continue to view this world through the lens of entitlement (at least the campaigns would like you to – it’s a whole lot easier to argue about taxes than urge people to commit to a life of service).

There are so many people who rise above that sense of entitlement and serve marginalized populations in desperately impoverished and sometimes dangerous places.  These servants – and the populations they serve – covet your thoughts and prayers.

Please pray for Bear, C, their families, and the family of the woman that was murdered.

Thank you.