Wednesday, September 28, 2016

November 8 is coming, but November 9 matters more!

   November 8 is coming. That is the final day to cast ballots for the Electors who will represent us in the Electoral College as a new President and Vice-President are chosen. Section I of Article II in our United States Constitution states that "The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States."
   People are troubled. People are worried. People are anxious. Between 125 and 145 million people will vote, and it feels like at least that many people are not happy about their choices. Facebook, which started as a college project and then became a place to post pictures of vacations and grand-kids, has become an endless stream of opinions, half-truths, total lies, frustrating posts, and maddening commentaries.
   What should the church do? Does it matter? I am sure that it does. We have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God who is at work even now putting the world back together.

  • When Jesus headed into the clouds in Acts 1 he tells the disciples that "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  • When Jesus spoke the Great Commision, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:20), the Greek word written down down was poreuthentes, which literally means "to depart, to leave, to cross boundaries." Thus, a witness to Jesus Christ is one who can overcome divisions, be they geographic, sociological, racial, or cultural. 
   November 8 is coming. The outcome of the election is going to divide people. Some will be happy about the outcome and some not happy. Some will be outraged. What will be our response? STOP. BE CAREFUL; what you say or do next matters. Are we going to be able to live with other the next day? 
   I believe November 9 matters more. Regardless of who wins and who loses, the church's witness the next day and the next day and every day after that can lead people to Jesus or away from him. He gave us that kind of power.
   Start preparing your hearts now. Grace and peace, Scott

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