More than a political process—understanding God's government

Not long ago, my wife and I spent three weeks on business in a South American country. We were excited to be there and grateful to be embraced by the kindness, grace, and courtesy of the people who lived there. They were excited, too—they would soon be having their first democratic election!

As the election neared, however, the atmosphere seemed to change to one of divisiveness and confusion. We were told that one international organization had brought its volunteers from the rural areas into the city, where they felt conditions were safer. But even in the city, there were rumors of planned car bombings, increased violence, and a possible military coup. We were told to stay away from various parts of town and to keep in contact with our country's embassy. Efforts were even made for us to conclude our business before the election weekend.

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