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Riverlawn Connection – November 2020

11.04.2020

Election Day 2020! As I write this millions of people have already voted on many different political races going on in our country. Millions more are voting now. Is it important to VOTE? Does it matter?

Well, yes and yes.

Your ONE vote does count. It counts for a lot of things. Civic responsibility. A chance to vote for biblical principles. An opportunity to practice the wonderful gift of democracy. And it can bring either great happiness or sadness depending on who gets elected compared to who you voted for.

I believe God wants us to mark our ballot and honor Him with our voting for sure, but there is something He desires much more for us to mark in this life. It is the amazing privilege/honor/mercy/grace/awesomeness of receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This is what matters in the now and in the later. Politicians will make some decisions that affect us now for sure, but none of their decisions affect us for eternity. God has given all of us the opportunity to have forgiveness and grace and spend eternity with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus. Listen to God’s words about Jesus:

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18

God tells us that when we choose to deny ourselves and follow Him daily we win for all eternity. You won’t get a neat “I voted” sticker, or a stylus pen that says “I voted”, but as I read Revelation (as well as the rest of the New Testament) I see rewards and benefits that won’t fade away, break or fail to work!

So, for the 2020 election I choose Jesus! (I did vote for other candidates, but none of them have my soul!) I’m reminded of what Joshua said in Joshua 24:15

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Staying Faithful to the Candidate that matters for eternity!!

Pastor Jeff

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