ELECTION TIME! OUR GREAT HOPE? Not really!! Elections come and go but human nature remains the same. The more things change the more they seem to remain the same. Every once in a while politicians come along who appear to make a difference in the world and God may use them for a short time for His purposes but the world is still marching on toward the ultimate end that God has determined. And while we wait for the great hope God holds out for the Christian we should avail ourselves of any opportunities, including elections and voting, that God makes available to us to help better the life of those around us. So vote in the next election but do it with both eyes on the heavens because that is where our great hope is coming from.

God does have a GREAT HOPE, GREAT FUTURE, GREAT REUNION, GREAT PROMISE, and GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT, for us Christians regardless of which political party has power at any given time. The Apostle Paul explains in these verses of Scripture, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words,” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV).” Our great promise from God is that Jesus is returning to earth at some time while Christians are still living on earth. And when He returns that great event we call the “Rapture” will occur. We do not know the date this will happen but God’s Word states it could happen at any time. That gives us great hope while we live among hopeless people in a too hopeless world that would depend on politicians to right all wrongs and make the world a much better place to live in. While we wait on the return of Jesus it would benefit the world more if we Christians spent at least as much time on sharing the gospel with those around us who are lost and on their way to hell as we do on sharing our political beliefs and the promotion of our favorite political candidates. Salvation in Jesus provides a much greater benefit for people than the election of any politician and it also provides a change in values that will truly affect their lives and society. So vote and witness for Jesus but do both with a compassion and love for your fellow citizen. ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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