Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A change of direction

Today’s Reading: John 17:6-7 (NIV)

6 [Jesus said,] “I have revealed You to those whom You gave me out of the world. They were yours; You gave them to me and they have obeyed your Word. 7 Now they know that everything You have given me comes from You.”

Good morning!

Today is the day the United States of America will elect a new President and Vice President to lead our nation in the next four years. It has been a very long campaign, and I am looking forward with eager anticipation to the end of this campaign trail. Democrats, Republicans and Independents have done their best to pass the buck and blame each other for the serious problems we face in our country and world today. Each claim they have the best solution to fix our economy, care for Americans, and save our world in the process. This morning, the American people will make its final decision by casting its vote. We are determined to elect the right people for the right positions right now. Are you ready?

It is amazing to me how history seems to repeat itself. Life was not so different when Jesus walked the earth in human flesh two thousand years ago. Times were tough then. The economy was struggling; people were starving in the streets and slavery had become a way of life. Roman rule was excruciatingly oppressive and many found themselves fighting to survive. Jesus was not like the others, He was perceived to be a great a prophet, speaking God’s Word to the people with wisdom, conviction and love. His care for the people was genuine; something this world had not experienced ever before. Many had hoped He would become a great political leader, overthrowing Roman rule and ushering in a new day, a brand new life. Jesus Christ came to save the world from its sin and reveal the heart of His Father to the world. Why couldn’t the people see Him for who He truly is?

I am convinced that there is only One who can change the direction of our world today. He is not a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent. He carries a message of hope and healing that our nation desperately needs today. His Word is not limited geographically; He is not just for Americans, but for all people everywhere. Change can and will happen IF we are willing to humble our hearts, seek God’s forgiveness for our disobedience, and commit to fully obey His Word. We must elect people whose faith guides them in every aspect of their daily lives. Freedom is not free, it comes at a great cost. Christ paid the premium for all who would believe, turn from sin, and receive Him as their Savior. Our country needs so much more than an economic bailout plan. We need the Lord.

Please pray before you vote.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO



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