Salt, Light, and the Election - Posted 10/12/2016
From Pastor Chris

For all that could be said about the presidential election—and so much could be said—it is clear that many people will be voting reluctantly. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have favorability ratings in the mid-30s to low-40s, not the percentages either of their campaigns want to see.

This choice can have a psychological effect on us. Our options seem to be (1) bad, (2) worse, or (3) don’t vote. Whatever happens, few will be enthusiastic on November 9th. Some will breathe a sigh of relief and others will fume.

I believe this is a time for our faith to inform our mood and mentality more than the news does. Our call to be salt and light in this world is entirely independent from who is elected president. More than that, this is a strategic time for us to direct our neighbors, coworkers, and friends to the Kingdom Christ will consummate at his return. We can speak into the dissatisfaction, into the reluctance with the hope that the one perfect human to walk this earth will appear again to make all things new. While we may not be able to solve political gridlock or economic instability, we can model life lived under King Jesus and call others to such a life now.

You are not trapped by political choices. You are set free by the Spirit of God to be salt and light in this world, “that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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