November was approaching, and the political season was in full flower. Political ads and propaganda were dominating television, radio, and newspaper. Yard signs, door-hangers, and flyers littered the neighborhoods. Election season underscores the deep divide between the parties and candidates. So many of the politicians appear to substitute volume for substance and ‘the beat goes on’.
In my Kentucky mountain home, differences of opinion have often been intense and at times ‘heated’. These disagreements are especially ardent in the arena of politics and religion. It is not uncommon for these disputes to erupt into violence. For the sake of brevity, I will only focus on the religious side. There is a long-standing debate between the ‘free will-ers’ and the ‘unconditional election’ folks. I will not wade into the deep end of the controversy, but rather stay in the shallow end as I attempt to make my point.
I recently ran across a quote by Lela McConnell in her autobiography, The Mountain Shall Be Thine: “A man said about the doctrine of election, ‘Jesus has a vote, the devil has a vote, and I have a vote, but my vote decided the election’” (p.99). I tend to ascribe to that man’s theology. Phrases in scripture like; “let whosoever will come” (Revelation 22:17), “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16), and “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15) tilt me his direction – that of free will.
The old adage, “If you don’t vote, don’t gripe,” seems appropriate. If we neglect to participate in the process that determines our eternal life, we will answer at Judgment. God’s word asks, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will” (Hebrews 2:3-4, NIV).
This election is not to elect Jesus as Savior. He already is and has been since the foundation of the world! Amen! This election is for us to decide if we will spend eternity with Him. I cast my vote for Jesus six decades ago and am so glad I did.
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15
~ Brother Roy