You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

The Monday After Sunday, November 4, 2012: God and Government

By Dawn Kelley

The last few months have been full of the constant bashing of God’s creation — human beings, whether Democrat or Republican, Tea Party or Independent Party, Liberal or Conservative. I have cringed at every commercial and at the flyers that were hung on my front door and stuffed beneath my windshield wipers.

Needless to say,  it has been overwhelming, and I have dreaded having conversations in fear of it turning political. I have been constantly reminded of that saying, “Can’t we all just get along!”

In the midst of all the chaos we are still left with the responsibility of voting for the leaders in our government.

So where does this leave us?

I loved that Pastor Joe hit on this very tough topic.

I remember the very first time I went out to vote; I wasn’t a Christ follower and had no idea how to vote, so I did what almost every young person is taught when voting for the first time: I voted just like my parents! My parents voted a certain way so I followed in their footsteps. I didn’t study the candidates, the Party or the issues. I had no clue what I was doing!

Although I was determined to be a good citizen, I was uneducated in my rights and the rights of those around me. I didn’t think long term. I thought on
Election Day, I was going to go and vote and that was the end of it.

The following election I was a Christ follower and I quickly began to see what really mattered — God’s word. My voting habits changed and
I began to do my research. This voting season has been the worst for me because I like to see people encouraged not beaten down by the words of others. I know where I stand on certain issues but it has been hard to see through all of the garbage and cast my vote for the Kingdom. Sunday I was reminded
to turn to God in the midst of the Chaos, the chaos entrenching our nation. Why haven’t I stopped to refocus on what God’s Word says when it comes to this election just like every other one?

Today I am going to finish my research on each candidate and be prepared to vote as God directed in Exodus 18:21: “but select from all the people some capable, honest men, who fear God and hate dishonest gain” all while remembering Pastor Joe’s words “no one party fully reflects God’s heart.” I will pray, make a choice and vote! When all the votes are cast and the decision has been made I will be challenged to remember that God reigns over all everywhere and if the platform that closely reflects Gods heart loses, I will work for the Kingdom!

I pray you will too!


Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.

6 thoughts on “The Monday After: God and Government {Dawn}

  1. Thank you both, this was a message that was so needed for many people. I struggled with the idea of blogging about this but the more I prayed and listened the easier it was and so it will be with voting.

  2. Thank you, Dawn. I wish I would of read this on the 4th but never the less I am going to share this with my kids. Great Job!!!

  3. Thank you all! After I voted I felt so at peace. God is over all, and I am working for the Kingdom. For the next 4 years I will pray praying for our elected officials and leaving our Nation in the hands of Our God.

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