Years ago, I listened to a group request financial support from our church. As they spoke, I clearly felt moved. I thought I should bring my check book the next week and give towards this wonderful mission. But, for whatever reason, I didn’t. I may have forgotten or thought others would take care of it. I totally forgot about them until many weeks later when the group gave a report of all that the Lord had done. It was obvious the Lord blessed them, so much so that it was now spilling over onto the church. However, what I clearly heard through the Spirit at that moment was “you missed the blessing”. As you might expect, that truth has stuck with me. Frankly, it was painful to hear it.
This truth applies to more than financial support. It applies to anything we are called to do, through the Spirit, the Word, or brothers and sisters. In this example, I took the Lord for granted. He gave me an opportunity, and I passed it up. He didn’t need me to join in, but He wanted me to participate.
In the same way, don’t you and I sometimes take our country for granted, thinking others will take care of it, or that our participation doesn’t matter because the Lord has it taken care of. Well, the latter is actually correct. The Lord doesn’t need our participation, but that isn’t what we should be asking ourselves. The question we should ask is, does He want us to participate? I think so. The Lord established a fairly unique country in the United States of America. A democratic republic where “we the people” are the leaders and followers, accountable to Him. It’s a bit of a paradox. In Romans 13:1, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” So, we wield authority and submit to authority. But how do we wield authority and lead? We vote! It’s that simple, and humbling at the same time because we’re responsible to the Lord for that vote. Does the Lord need us to vote? Of course not. Does He want us to vote? Well, if we believe He put us in authority, as Romans 13 states, then yes. Will we miss a blessing if we let others take care of it? If we believe He gave us this unique country, and put us in authority, then yes. So, let’s participate, let’s honor the Lord and join Him in His work.
However, don’t just vote, but take time and read about the people running for office, and read the propositions. Then, measure them against the Word, pray over them, discuss with brothers and sisters. Then vote as the Spirit leads you. Imagine the impact in our country if everyone that calls themselves Disciples of Christ joined the Lord and participated in leading this amazing country. Lives would change. The world would change.
Concerning the upcoming Anchorage election, there are important issues on the ballot. The elders are happy to discuss issues with you in person if you have questions. We strongly encourage you to participate by marking your ballot and mailing it in. Your vote counts!
Published on March 17, 2018 @ 3:20 PM AKDT