When voting for the right candidate matters

Friday, November 11, 2016

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Observing my boys throughout the years, I have clearly noticed that they have been born with very different personalities and motivations. My youngest usually focus primarily on details while my oldest tends to focus on the big picture. They both have the ability, of course, to see details and to see the big picture, but most of the time they will tend towards their natural focus.

I admire people who tend to focus on details, because they are able to work tireless on specific projects without being distracted and, more importantly, overwhelmed by the big picture. I am a big picture person and it is overwhelming to see the mess, brokenness and suffering inside the big picture of the world.

In this election season, however, I am reminded that even my big picture focus is not big enough. I need to step further back, way way back, and look at this moment in History from a very wide and long perspective. Kingdoms have risen and have fallen, leaders have come and have gone for thousands of years, all over the world. Movements have been ignited and have been extinguished. And none of them have made the world an ideal place.

We are all broken people, with broken leaders, in a broken world. One kingdom, however, has risen and never fallen. One kingdom, however, has started and will never end. And one kingdom, however, has a perfect King.

Its royal once said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world."

Broken kingdoms and kings will come from a broken world. What else to expect when the prince of this world is the enemy?

"The devil took him [Jesus], to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, 'All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"

C. S. Lewis said, "It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

Imagine voting when your vote for the right candidate will affect your eternity, your everlasting life, your chance to have a place inside the king's palace, a perfect eternal kingdom. Don't be easily pleased for less.

Jesus, the perfect royal, did not overthrown any power or ruler while he lived on this earth because he knew such action would be an extremely short sighted plan. Instead, he started a perfect, never ending term, by sacrificing his heart full of love for that of his people.

Today, still living in a broken world, what should we do? "Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Before Jesus died on earth he celebrated an event well known as the last supper.  To understand this, we need to look at Jewish history. Ann Voskamp in her book 'The broken way' describes this first century custom, "When a man had decided whom he'd chosen to marry, his father would pour a cup of wine and pass it down to his son. The son would then turn to the young woman he loved, and with all the solemnity of an oath before Almighty YHWH {God} Himself, the young man would hold out the cup of wine to the woman and ask for her hand in marriage. He would ask with these words: 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which I offer to you.'" This is what Jesus said to those with him at the last supper when he handed them a cup of wine.  Jesus was offering to them, and offers to you still today, to be not just your representative in power, but your spouse, your love companion, your spring of eternal life.

God wants your broken heart to make it whole again, will you give him your vote of trust?

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