Thursday, August 16, 2012

Choose Wisely on Election Day

Choose Wisely.

  I find it hard to find some action that depicts more clearly who we are as Disciples of Christ than this.  This is an amazing sign for the world that the Christian Church shares a relationship in  Christ as essential, that political opinions are just that, opinions we freely hold, and that what binds us together is love, as seen in the life and way of Jesus.  I invite you to share this with others.  -Michael

On November 6, 2012, 7pm, Election Day,
we will exercise our right to choose.

Some of us will choose to vote for Barack Obama as President of the United States. Some of us will choose to vote for Mitt Romney as President of the United States.

Some us us will choose to vote for another candidate as President of the United States.

Some of us will choose not to vote.

During the day of November 6, 2012,

we will make different choices,

using different reasons,

hoping for different results.

But on the evening of November 6,

while our nation turns its attention

to the outcome of the presidential election,

let’s again choose differently – together.

Let’s choose to meet at the same table, with the same host, to remember the same things:
  • to remember that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change – ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus;
  • to remember that, through the Holy Spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of Jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:16-21).
  • to remember that freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is indeed not free; it comes with a cost and it looks like a cross;
  • to remember our sin and need to repent;
  • to remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the Church, the holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders;
  • to remember that our passions are best placed within the passion of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2);
  • to remember that we are not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2);
  • to remember that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness;
  • and to re-member the body of Christ as the body of Christ, confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from God and each other.

On Tuesday evening, November 6, make a choice to remember.
Let’s meet at the Lord’s Table.  Let’s re-member together.