by James T. Bartsch
The Bible and Contemporary Topics
9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
After suffering through endless months of campaigning, about 120 million of us Americans participated in another Presidential Election on November 6. We voted to award President Barack Obama another four years in office. Many were exhilarated with the outcome, while others were dismayed. But it makes no difference. He is our President again. Elections are important, and every vote cast is important.
But there is another election that is vastly more important than our quadrennial Presidential Election. It is the most important election in history. It is an election in which every resident in America must vote regardless of his citizenship. This election, moreover, goes beyond our own borders. Indeed every resident of every country in the world must vote in this election. This election differs from any other election in which you have ever participated. There is no courthouse, which you can enter to register to vote. And there is no polling place, no booth you can enter to cast your vote. Every person must vote in the counsels of his own heart and soul. And each person in the world has a lifetime in which to cast his vote. Once we die, the polls close for us. And after we die, there is no possible way for us to change our vote.
What is this most important election of which I speak? Let us call it the Royal Election. In the Royal Election, I vote whether or not I want Jesus of Nazareth to be King. Jesus, you see, did not come to earth to be President. He came to be King. When he was on earth, he campaigned for three years primarily in the regions of Galilee and Judea. He campaigned as a good King – he summarized his platform in two ethical principles: You must love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and you must love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself. He also campaigned as a powerful King – he healed paralytics, cast out demons, restored sight to the blind, raised people from the dead, and stilled a life-threatening tempest on a large lake.
But he was a polarizing figure. He allowed himself to be killed so he could pay for the sins of every person in the world. That shows us that this King loves everyone, regardless of whether they vote for him as King or not. God showed His approval of this King by raising him from his tomb. Right now he is with God. But he is coming back to Earth to establish his kingdom. And he will destroy all opposition.
And that’s where you come in. You must vote “Yes” or “No” in your own heart. Do you vote “Yes” for Jesus, or “No” against him? To vote “Yes” is to reign with him forever in his coming kingdom. To vote “No” is to be cast forever away from his presence in utter darkness in a burning sea of foul-smelling sulfur. To vote, “Undecided” is to vote “No.” What is your vote? Once you die, it will be too late to change your mind. I have voted “Yes” for King Jesus. What is your vote?
Prepared by James T. Bartsch
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Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. (www.Lockman.org)
(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.)