Monday, June 30, 2008

You're elected!

We've experienced a grueling Presidential Campaign.  The primary process seemed to be like a heavyweight boxing match for each major political party.  We finally have two candidates, informally identified.  We face four more months of accusations, boasts and promises before the final drama of the election.  The country waits to find out who its leader will be for the next several years.  There is this sense that the fate of the nation hinges on the election.  Many live in hope and fear about the outcome.  But we do well to be reminded that, as believers, we have already been elected to make a difference.  Our term will run the rest of our lives.  Our platform is unchanging and clearly expressed in a wonderful Book.  We serve a ruler who can not be voted out of office and who is unlimited in His ability to make the differences we need on an individual, local, national and global basis.  Not only can we make a difference, we must and we shall.  Our impact is not constrained to high level heads of state.  We are able to make an impact at the grass roots level, in every neighborhood and job site where we live and work.  The fate of the nation may hinge, in some respects, on the outcome in November.  But, in a very real sense, its direction will be affected in a more lasting way by what we do and who we are starting today!
1 Thessalonians 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
Rob Smith

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