The Responsibility of the ‘Elect’
Election Day is just a few weeks away, and what a relief it will be when the
incessant political ads, nasty campaign rhetoric, and vitriolic debates finally come to an
end. It almost makes you want to crawl under the couch and hide until Nov. 4, but we
know we can’t do that. Given the privilege of voting, it is important that we exercise that
Unfortunately, many of us are resigned to the possibility that no matter whom we
elect, things will not get any better. So, instead of focusing on “elect” as a verb, perhaps
we should reflect on “elect” as a noun. In that context, “elect” means “those chosen by
God for salvation.” What a privilege — even more so than our cherished right to vote.
Now would be a good time for us to consider what it means to be part of the
“elect” and what responsibility we have in that role. Just as we are expected to be fair,
honorable, and thoughtful as we cast our ballot, we must also be fair, honorable, and
thoughtful as members of the “elect.”
All of this forces us to think about our words and our actions as part of the “elect.”
Are we honoring God and others by being kind, caring, and compassionate, or are we
sinking to the level of the serpent by stirring up controversy, rage, and even hatred?
I have vowed to be apolitical from the pulpit at Oak Chapel, and I plan to remain
that way, but I have to say that the first Presidential debate was not exactly a shining
moment for our country, regardless of one’s party affiliation. Instead of a reasonable
give-and-take about the important issues facing us nationally and globally, the debate
quickly deteriorated into an uncivil display of insults and name calling by both
candidates. All of this led me to wonder what the rest of the world must be thinking
about our country and our political system.
Whom we elect in November is of vital importance, and it is imperative that all of
us consider exercising the right to vote, but of far more importance is who we are and
how we act as members of the elect. We do, indeed, have “A Story to Tell to the
Nations” — “a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light” — but few people are
paying attention because our words and our actions often hamper our efforts to be kind,
caring, compassionate Children of God.
Before we vote to elect a candidate on Nov. 3, let us first ponder our role and
responsibility as members of the elect. Then, let us reflect the light of the God we serve
so that all people will see that light and recognize, respect, and revere Him as the true
leader of all creation.
Until we meet again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John