Novenber 1, 2020
From the Pastor’s Corner:
What is a Christian to think or do when it comes to an election like we are facing in America? If you are anything like me you will be glad when it is finally over and the results are in. I’ve already voted and feel confident about my choices. How about you? Will you get out and voted thereby letting your conviction count? It is our distinct privilege in America to vote our conscience and conviction.
Let me remind you of some basic reasons that everyone who can should vote. Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people HE chose for his inheritance.” While I’m confident this is talking about the nation of Israel it certainly can apply to our great nation. The United States of America was founded so that people could worship God in a way that they chose. There is no state religion or church in America. We are a nation that still has many churches which preach and teach the Bible as God’s holy and inspired word. A vast majority of Americans would say that they believe in God and go to HIM in prayer on a regular basis.
We not only have a responsibility to vote we have the mandate from the Bible to be salt and light in a dark and tasteless world. The problem is that many who claim to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are not making a difference by the way they live their lives. Their manner of life is not any different than their neighbors who don’t even pretend to be believers. They are living like God is not even a part of their life. They are not shining the light of Christ so that others can see that God really does make a difference. We need to live our lives in such a way that our neighbors, friends and family have no doubt about our faith.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:27 “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.” What is it about your lifestyle that your friends, neighbors and family would say makes them want to know the God that you know and serve? Can they look at you as someone who lives out their faith?
When it comes down to who will serve as our next President, I’m reminded of what God said to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone HE wishes.” Daniel 5:32c. We may not agree with who wins the presidency and may not have voted for them but we need to realize that God has a plan and doesn’t consult with us about it. So while it probably matters to us we need to acknowledge that God is ultimately in charge and we need to trust HIM to do what is right.
Our responsibility is to exercise our right to vote, pray about making the right choice and then leave the results to God. Whether we vote or not the persons who are elected as President and Vice-President are there because the sovereign God has allowed them to be. We also have the privilege and opportunity to pray for those who are in authority. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Timothy 2:1-5 “I urge, then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those who are in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men…” I hope that you have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and redeemer and that you are striving in his grace and power to live your life in a way that is pleasing to HIM. Whatever happens in this coming election locally and across our nation let’s pledge to put aside differences and work together to make our country a better place by being better people.
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"