That was the title of our sermon today. Now, our church never addresses politics. They don’t carry those voting guides, they don’t mention politics from the pulpit. Ever. So I was really, really curious.
The mantra at our church has always been: In the essentials, unity. In the non-essentials, liberty. In everything, love. (It’s a thought put into words by a 17th c. Lutheran. I can’t remember his name, sorry.)
Pastor Ben said we hold two boxes in our hands–one for the essentials; one for the non-essentials. And the only thing in the essentials box is: Jesus died on the cross to forgive us our sins and give us eternal life with God. Period. Nothing else. Absolutely every other thing, no matter how big, goes into the other box. Everything. Period.
He asked us to shout out our biggest concern in the election, and there was a cacophony of noise: abortion, economics, marriage, etc. Then he asked us to shout out the name at whom every knee will bow, even Barack Obama and John McCain. We confessed a crystal clear: Jesus.
Ben said, “The question isn’t ‘Who’s Right?’ but ‘What box does this issue go in?'” Ouch! Really, what box have you put your concerns in? What have you added to the essentials box that doesn’t belong there?
If you’d like to hear Ben’s message you can listen online or download the mp3 file here. It’s worth the time.
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On Tuesday, vote with your heart, your head and your hands in full submission only to the Lord.