Sunday, November 13, 2016

Who did you vote for?

I am writing this article just two days before we start to vote. By the time you read this, it will all be over. The elections will be over. The political ads and phone calls will stop. The daily barrage of polling data will at least slow down. The nation will know, hopefully, who will lead our country for the next four years. Thousands of newly elected officials across the land at every level of government will prepare to take over their duties or continue them.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that I steer clear of politics at least as far as endorsing a candidate or telling you whom you should vote for. That’s not my job as a pastor. I’d gladly talk politics on a personal level but from the pulpit.
I do believe that it is part of my calling and the scope of this column to speak out on moral or ethical issues that we face in our daily lives. For example, I believe that the life in the womb is a person with a soul (Psalm 51:5) and should never be aborted unless the life of the mother is in danger. I believe God ordained the institution of marriage and clearly states it is to be a marriage between a man and a woman. (Gen 2:18-24) I believe that the powers that be are ordained by God and deserve our respect and need our prayers (Rom 13:1-3).
Over the years, I have covered these and many other issues. My goal is not to share my opinion but be guided by God’s Word. I know not everyone agrees with me but my goal is to speak the truth guided by God’s Word.
I also believe our only hope for the life to come is found in Jesus Christ. I know that means a lot of people are in trouble but that’s what the Bible clearly teaches. Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). We are all sinners – every one of us. Those sins condemn us and we would end up in hell if not for the saving work of Jesus Christ. In love for every sinner, God sent his own Son to carry out the work of salvation. Jesus, God’s Son, was punished in our place. He faced the wrath of his Father because of our sin. He endured the pain and torment of hell in our place. He died in our place. He rose from the dead to testify to all that his work of salvation was complete. Trust in Jesus for the salvation and you will be saved. Reject him and you will be condemned.

Elections are important. I pray that God will give courage and wisdom, guide and bless whoever it is that wins. I pray for his blessing on our nation as well. Most important of all, I trust in the promises of God. He is the one who gives life its meaning. He is the one who keeps every promise. He is the one who will take me and every other believer in Jesus Christ to heaven when we die. Put your faith and trust in him! To God be the glory.