That may or may not be the question on your mind today, but it’s on the minds of millions of Americans right now. What are we going to do if _____________ wins the election? Most people instantly insert the candidate of the “other” party in that question when they ask it.
Once again we are being told this is “the most important election in our lifetime.” And I don’t mean to minimize the importance of this election or our responsibility in voting. But I also don’t want to maximize the vitriol, division and mean-spiritedness we’ve already seen too much of in our nation. We’ve seen too many incendiary, verbal fire bombs flying on television, social media, texts, emails, even unintentional arguments that erupt when someone you may not even know mentions something about this election.
Last week our grandsons were at our house for the evening and we were watching the local news before eating dinner when my oldest grandson, Will, asked, “Grandpa, do you watch political commercials?” Two or three had just been shown back-to-back between the “breaking news” stories about the presidential election.
“Sometimes,” I answered.
Will said, “If you watch ‘em, Grandpa, they say more bad things about the other person than any good things they are going to do.”
“Grandpa, do you watch political commercials?”
I smiled at the wisdom of my 10-year-old grandson. He gets it even though a large portion of people don’t.
Sadly, even some who claim to follow Christ have apparently forgotten what He said in His Sermon on the Mount about not being “angry with your brother,” and how it was so important it affects our ability to worship and how we need to go be reconciled first and then come back to worship (Matthew 5:21-24). Or the admonition of James who said man’s anger does not produce the righteous life that God desires (James 1:20). Or the warning in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
A number of my pastor friends have lamented the fact we’ve been seeing a huge increase in the number of tension-filled, hateful emails, texts, social media posts, etc., during this current covid crisis and the poisonous political season. One pastor said people are so angry and they want to take it out on someone, anyone.
So what are we going to do if ______________ wins the election? (You fill in the blank).
Here’s what we’re going to do ...
In Luke 19:11-27, JESUS told The Parable of the TEN MINAS. It’s the story of a nobleman, a wealthy businessman, who was going to a far country to close a huge business deal. In fact, JESUS said he was going “to receive for himself a kingdom” and then he would come back home. So he called ten of his servants in and gave them ten minas. (A mina was about three month’s wages for a laborer – a pretty substantial sum of money.) And he instructed them, “Engage in business until I come” (Luke 19:13).
That’s what we’re going to do. No matter who wins the election, we’re going to do what we’ve always done as a church. We’re going to keep the main thing the main thing. We’re going to keep preaching the Word, reaching the lost and loving everyone we can with the love of JESUS and ...
We’re going to fully engage and give it all we’ve got until our Master returns.
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.