So, Who’s Electing Who?
Five minutes ago I emailed one of my more socially liberal neighbors and invited him for a cup of coffee. He’s not bashful about what he thinks (he’s got the yard signs to prove it), and I’m looking forward to how the Lord can turn our conversation from what’s wrong with the world to what the Bible has to say about it.
We’ve met before and I know he’s of the opinion that God, Jesus, the church – you name it – are all pretty irrelevant. But I’m praying that God will open the door to talking about righteousness. It’s not a topic we talk much about, is it? By definition it means “the quality of being morally right, virtuous, honorable or justifiable” and it certainly seems to be a quality severely lacking in today’s society.
So, let’s see what my neighbor thinks about that! (I know he likes to talk.)
I got to thinking more about righteousness back in July when I read the book of Lamentations. It reminded me of 5 things that are clearly signs of an unrighteous nation (or at least unrighteousness within a nation):
- Detestable and godless ideologies
- Divisions and political rancor
- Corruption and the “mammon spirit” that tells us there is never enough
- Sexual perversion – (I’d put abortion on the list here as well)
- Spiritual tepidness
The only “platform” that can replace the above with the qualities of righteousness happens to be God’s platform. Making America (or any country for that matter) great again has to begin with a return to righteousness. Proverbs 14:14 says it pretty plainly, “Righteousness exalts a nation”.
So, I vote to elect God.
I’m not so sure my neighbor will buy that – but at least it should lead to an engaging conversation that can inch him closer to the truth.
So, together let’s elect to tell people about Jesus. Maybe I’ve even got time to make a yard sign that says, “I’m voting for the King”.