HOW ABOUT A LITTLE LIGHT? November brings with it at least every second year a political season which usually gets pretty rowdy! Politicians slug it out in a divided country; sometimes that is followed by actual slug fests. Immigration is often an issue that divides the country as people crowd our borders demanding to be allowed to live in the United States. Former political leaders, who failed our country miserably while in office, often are traveling the U.S. attempting to stir up trouble for those in office now and for those seeking to obtain positions of leadership. Many politicians are working hard to “muddy the waters” so nobody really knows what to believe about their promised policies. Advertising from every media source seems to hound us day and night and often the truth is missing or slanted to their desires. Yes, election time in the U.S. does bring challenges and now it seems that even the process of voting is becoming more complicated as people have begun to distrust the system itself. If ever there was a time for Christians in America to display their biblical belief system in their voting it is now. It is also time for Christians to reflect the light of Jesus as we participate in the process of choosing candidates and voting.

I believe it is time for Christians to really stand up and shed a little light in our country. In fact we need to shine a bright light into this seemingly dismal world. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV). Christians need to let their light shine in this world where God has placed us. We need to speak, live and vote the values God has given us in His Word and demonstrated for us in the life of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Our commitment to God and His values are more important than our commitment to a political party. Our God-like actions should be more important to us than those harassing and violent actions suggested by some of our politicians. As Christians, our assignment given by God is to let our light in Christ shine before the world and illuminate the dark places and sinister forces that surround us. So let the light of Jesus shine in our life and in our visit to the ballot box in every election.

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis.

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