by: Rich Vaughan
Debbie and I voted Monday. That is not to brag, it is simply a fact. Like many Americans, we stood in line and cast our ballots as we have done in every election since we became eligible to vote. We vote every year, not just during Presidential elections. We take our civic duty seriously and we vote every year even when the choices are not “major” or even many. We vote because it is a right and a privilege in our nation that many just take for granted. Do our candidates always win? Of course not. But we vote our convictions and pray that God will work though all the rancor and corruption that seems to invade the political scene (it is so rare to hear a political ad that has a candidate say “here is what I propose to do if elected”, instead of saying what a sorry person the other candidate is). So Debbie and I simply pray that God will place the right people in the positions to lead our town, county, state, and nation. We also vote for platforms not personalities. I know that often voters vote for candidates they find physically attractive or who have a wonderful personality. We try hard to ignore that and look at what each candidate supports and suggests they will do if elected. They may not be physically attractive but if they have great ideas that match our moral compass, if they have platforms that make our town, state, county, or nation better--they have our vote. And that my friends, family and flocks brings me to Jesus.
Jesus is not a Democrat. Jesus is not a Republican. Jesus is not an American. Jesus is not a politician. He is not running for anything. Well, maybe I am wrong about that. He is running to be your Lord and Savior. His platform is not complicated. Love God, love one another, love your neighbor as yourself. And who is your neighbor? Well you might not want to hear this but it is the Democratic person with Biden signs in their yard. It is the Republican person with Trump signs in their yard. It is the gay person that you can’t understand their lifestyle choice. It is the person who you disagree with in just about every social, political, and perhaps spiritual arena of life. It is everyone who agrees with you but more importantly from Jesus point of view, it is every person who shares the opposite view of yours.
Many are saying this is the most important election in recent time. Passions run deep and whoever wins is going to have a very challenging time bringing the nation together. Yet, as important as this election (or any Presidential election) is, I think it pales in comparison to the most important election. The election of Jesus as Lord of our life. His platform is better than any candidate or political party offers. He has told us that “He is the way, the truth, and the life”. If we select Jesus as our leader it will not matter if Biden or Trump win. Because if we vote for Jesus in 2020, our hope is built on Him, and the Gospel truth is, as it always has been – He is the way, the truth, and the life. And our nation would be better if we all voted for Jesus. Amen & Amen.