A couple of things for you to keep in mind on this election day:
Election Day is a Chance for Us to Honor God and Serve Neighbor
Election Day isn’t about me getting what I want or even about “my group” (whoever that may be) winning. Voting is just another one of the ways that we live out our Christian lives. Grateful for the forgiveness of sins and confident of our eternal life, we say “Thank You” to Jesus with everything we do. Having experienced the selfless love that he has shown us, we now want to reflect that to our world in daily life. This includes how we vote. Instead of asking ourselves what is best for me, we should each consider how we can vote in a way that honors God and serves our neighbor. That might not always be clear or easy. No single candidate or party platform is perfectly moral. Different Christians may come to different conclusions. But we all start at the same place, grateful for God’s love and more eager to serve than to get.
Election Day Forces Me to Remember Who Is in Charge
Despite what your favorite media says, the world will not necessarily fall apart if the “wrong” person wins. Of course voting is a privilege and responsibility. It does have an impact. But no election can overthrow the One who is ultimately in charge. Don’t forget what we read in Psalm 2 “The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers join together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. The one who is seated in heaven laughs.” Ephesians 1 explains that God seated Christ “far above all rule, authority, power, and dominion, and above every name that is given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. God also placed all things under his feet and made him head over everything for the church.” Passages like these offer me a lot of comfort when I’m overly worked up about politics or current events. We know who is in charge. We know his wisdom and his love. Everything will work out.
Election Day Reminds Me to Support my Elected Officials
Regardless of how we vote, we won’t always get our way. We’ll have to submit to and respect people in authority who don’t seem worthy of it. Regardless of the outcome of any election, Paul’s inspired encouragement in Romans 13 still stands, “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities. For no authority exists except by God, and the authorities that do exist have been established by God.” Just as we vote in a way that honors God and serves our neighbor, we show this same love as we accept the results of an election.
Election Day Reminds Me of the Importance of Prayer
Heading to the polls can make a real difference in our nation. It is a great responsibility. But there is something more impactful we can do every day. Pray for our elected officials, asking that God would give them the wisdom and courage to do what’s right. Pray for our nation, that God would bless us as well. Take all your worries about our nation and its future and bring them to God’s throne, confident that he’ll listen and answer. Not sure where to start? Simply work through the Lord’s Prayer and you’ll cover all your bases.
Elections tend to bring out the worst in people. It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the results. Instead, let’s use this time to let our lights shine. Let others see the peace and grace God has given us. Not only will we benefit, but those around you will as well.
Happy Election Day!
Pastor Matthew Schoell
Funeral Planning Documents
Last Sunday we ran out of the Funeral Planning Documents in the back of church. We have printed more; they are in the church entryway. These can be returned at any time, but try to return them to the church office during November.
Ladies Bible Study
All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us Tuesday, November 8th at 1:00 pm for Bible study and Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) updates. Our Bible Study will continue our study on the “10 Lies about God” This month the lie we will study is, “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.” We meet in the church basement.
We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online. We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch any time after 8:00 am on Sunday morning. If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohn-appleton.org/bulletins
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