Good Morning November 6

This is mid-term election day in the U.S. Everyone is encouraged to exercise their right to vote as a citizen of the country. This election, perhaps more than any in the past, has displayed such a great level of anger, and division among our people. Some weeks ago I used the illustration of the number of American flags that are displayed in our town, saying that must mean something in the basic values we hold together. We certainly have different opinions as to how things should be done, but can we deal with those differences as one people who can show a level of respect for all? At least for us who claim the name of Christ it must be so. Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other,…”(3:8-9) We express our opinions as citizens of one country in the voting booth.  Beyond that we are taught to be “subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”(Romans 13:1) Our primary citizenship is in God’s Kingdom, a Kingdom of peace. We are called to be ambassadors of that peace in our present world.