On Tuesday, the United States of America will hold the general election for the President, as well as representation in the Senate and Congress and a variety of local offices.
We hear a lot about the separation of church and state, a concept on which the country was founded to avoid religious persecution. Might we rather consider the ways in which our faith informs our vote. We are people of faith. We are people who hold a set of values based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We are people of faith who believe in Jesus as Lord of all and acknowledge that the kingdom, the power and the glory belong to our Parent-God in Heaven.
As we live into our charge to make and BE disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we act in ways that are moral and good, caring for others and the environment which God created and called very good. We must also vote for leaders who represent those same values and participate in the transformation of the world. Deuteronomy 1:13 tells us to “Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders.”
As we cast our votes next Tuesday in the midst of a deadly global pandemic and a deadly pandemic of racism and injustice we are assured through scripture that God will work in the world for good. Jeremiah prophesies (29:11) “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
God bless you.Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen, Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church
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