Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Eve Encouragement

This was written by my father-in-law and sent out to his church today. He is a preacher. I could not have said it any better myself.

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when He arrives.

Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.
1 Peter 2:11-17, Message

Two things to remember this Election Day:

1) We are to be Light and Salt this and every other day. It’s a time of terseness and tension. Spiritual integrity is equated to political party affiliation. Truth be told, there is reason for concern when looking in both directions … to the Right or to the Left. But there is also cause for hope. The Christian in either camp should be the voice of reason and righteousness. It is possible to respect the integrity of our fellow-citizens while rejecting their political focus. Our words should bring healing, not hurt. Jesus’ admonition to “shine the light” and “season with salt” is applicable this and every other day.

2) God is still in control! On Wednesday morning, November 5, God will still be on His throne and we will still be His subjects. We will be closer to heaven and the realization of our everlasting hope. There is nothing that can change our eternal destiny. Yes, we are thankful patriots of the United States of America, but that is secondary to our citizenry in the heavenly kingdom. The old song rings true: “This world is not my home; I’m just a'passing through.” This election cannot shake my eternal kingdom!

So … go to the polls on Tuesday and vote the way you believe God desires. When the results come in from across the nation, pledge anew your allegiance to this God-blessed land. Pledge anew your allegiance to the God of the universe … and the God of our lives!

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