But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned. James 5:12 (NLT)

Tonight Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama will face off in the first debate. The tension of the last few days continues to grind away at the endurance of the American people but it has insured that the electorate is now fully engaged in the process. The apostle, James, counseled the early believers about a variety of principles for living in a common society. Yet, he concluded that the key concepts of honesty and straightforwardness are imperative to right living and future success. The candidates will have an opportunity to express their ideas, opinions, and philosophy of governing to the posed questions. I pray that we will see and hear clear distinctions between these two men. The future of our nation and the legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren is at stake. Be assured that no problem, no election, no financial crisis, or no war is a surprise to our Heavenly Father. I am so relieved and thankful that God is sovereign and in control.