Some More Election Perspective

Well, it’s over. For now. At least, the main part of it is over… There will be all the arguing and re-counting and (potentially) lawsuits over the close races for weeks still to come. I’m riveted, honestly…

As is typical of elections in our country, it was just about all you could find on the news yesterday. All day… There were anchors keeping tabs on the exit polls, pundits providing (mostly meaningless and repetitive) commentary and analysis, interviews, special graphics, blah, blah, blah, on and on and on.

Honestly, if you were an alien, and you landed on our planet yesterday, you would think that the election was the most important thing in the world to us. And, for a lot of people, maybe it was. I think that’s sad…

I remember being in a math class in my freshman year of college. We were learning something that was a little bit complex (I don’t remember what; I was a religion major) and quite a few of the students in the class just weren’t getting it. Some were even getting audibly and visibly frustrated. Our professor, Dr. McClanahan, put down his dry erase marker (it wasn’t one of those swanky smart-classrooms with a smart-board or a smart computer or smart anything, really) and said to us, “Look, you guys are acting like getting this is the most important thing you’ll ever do with your life. It’s not. The most important thing you’ll ever do with your life is whether or not you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. Don’t sweat this math stuff.”

Bam. Instant perspective. And I think that’s something we could use today. Some people are celebrating victories, others are bummed out because their candidate lost. For the people who live and die politics, those emotions are to even greater extremes. But, regardless of how this election turned out for you (or will turn out after weeks of litigation…), the fact remains that how you voted wasn’t the most important decision you made yesterday. The most important decision you made yesterday, and make every day of your life, as a matter of fact, is whether or not you will follow Jesus.

So, I hope that offers a little more perspective on things. Peace.



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