Tuesday’s Treasure @ New Life–“On Voting”

    …created in the image of God…
        … to accomplish GREAT THINGS for God!
Dear Treasured Ones,
On VOTING?  Did you vote?  A little late on that pastor, eh?  Not really.  It’s not my place to tell you who to vote for.  My role is to remind you how important it is TO VOTE.  I’ve done that now for almost 15 years…remind you that it is vital that your voice be noted in a democracy such as ours.  I voted.  Not a big line. Well, in fact, I WAS the line as I entered the polling place at 1:45 PM and only two of the 12 booths were occupied… 
Tuesday’s Treasure today are those who voted and those who vote… and it’s not just about election day…
Check out The book of The Acts of the Apostles right after Matthew, Mark, Luke and John…chapter 1:21 and following… the disciples ‘voted’ to see who would replace Judas as one of the twelve…
 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”  23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
We don’t know what the vote was but that there 120 people… was it 61-59? 120-0? 90-30? we don’t know…but obviously the disciples sensed that God had chosen Matthias through them.  Just think…Joseph bar Sabbas was the 14th apostle…the ONE not added to the twelve…and Matthias got the notoriety of being “one of Jesus closest friends” (as he had been around from the beginning) and thus also as some ancient historians report he went to Ethiopia and was later crucified while others suggest he returned to Jerusalem where he was stoned and beheaded by the temple authorities.  So, be careful who you vote for, huh?  But, on the other hand…Joseph became a 1st century bishop and died a martyr’s death at the hands of Vespasian when the city of Eleutheropolis was sacked and all its inhabitants killed.
Did you vote?  There is a consequence either way…and that is why our voices must be heard…  And we vote just about everyday…not just on election day…
There is an old saying about Church folk…”they vote with their feet!”  Something to do about worship attendance and making time for Sunday School and supporting the work of ministry with their prayers and offerings.  And since I’ve been around the church a long, long time I can tell you with great authority I have seen people not just vote with their feet…I’ve seen them running the race, shuffling along and sometimes just plain standing still.  How did you vote last Sunday?  Did God find you running the race of faith?  Running to the Word and the Table?  Or did God notice that you got a bit distracted and all you could do was muster up a shuffle to bring in the paper or drop the children off at Sunday School or show up watching the clock the whole time ever-so-ready to head back home?  Or worse yet for everyone’s sake…did God find you just plain standing still…locked in a pose that only God’s spirit could break?  How did you vote last Sunday?  It is an important question and someone smarter than I suggested that those who study the issues and talk about the elections before VOTING DAY will more than likely take time to vote which means that those who take time to study the scriptures and engage in faith conversation and prayer for self and others will more than likely find their way to worship the next Sunday, too… shheeesh I wish I was that smart to figure that out…
God votes, too, you know.  God voted for Jesus.  He got the cross.  He got the beating.  He got death.  Jesus ran for election.  He got elected and took on all the sins of the world so that we would be free from sin in order that we might devote our lives to him and his world.
God is voting for our 2010 Confirmation Class as well!  There are 13 students ( no Judas and no vote needed to replace him…) so go figure the God-incidence there…I’m still trying… but you can cast your vote for them as well on Sunday NOV 14 @ 10:30 AM as God’s Holy Spirit Affirms their faith and each of them takes on a deeper more meaningful role in the life of New Life Church.  And after their Confirmation Sunday… they will be able to vote on church matters, too!  So, come vote for them tomorrow nite @ 6:00 PM in the sanctuary as they share in their PUBLIC EXAMINATION to share with you that they have done their homework, read their Bibles and catechism and taken part in conversations of faith and are now ready to assume a different kind of partnership in the Gospel with us from the first day until now…
Have you submitted the names of those who have died in the faith to be read on ALL SAINTS Sunday this week?  Please do so by 12 NOON on Thursday… just another was we vote and the election results for them as well as us are in… WE WIN because God wins!  We have been elected and selected as God’s ‘treasured ones”…not to maintain the status quo or benefit as an ‘insider’ now but to be as Jesus was and is for the world… a servant to all…
Isn’t that what our vote is all about today?  To elect those who will serve…  and don’t forget to vote this Sunday!
New Life. Now!

About briangigee

Loves life; lives love! Bud and Doris' eldest son. Descendant of 'refiners' and 'reformers.' Husband to Margo. Father of 5. Grandfather to 4. Brother, uncle, friend and colleague. Working parish pastor. Became a naturalized Texan in February 2013.
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One Response to Tuesday’s Treasure @ New Life–“On Voting”

  1. Really love your posts, Brian. Love the history parts. 🙂

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