Yesterday Lisa and I, along with son Andrew, moved my parents. Having Andrew and me moving all the furniture was the classic case of a weak mind and a strong back. Today, along with the weak mind I now have a sore back! What was worse than the muscle aches and pains was watching my son zip along as if carrying heavy chairs was nothing at all. All day long I was reminded that I am not anywhere near as young as I used to be.
Where mom and dad live was a designated polling place for Tuesday’s primary election so not only was there continual coverage of “Super Tuesday” on television yesterday, but there was the visual of seeing people gathered to vote. By the time we went home last night, having heard “politics” all day, I had decided that if Jesus was running for President of the United States this year that He would probably lose. In a landslide. Jesus wouldn’t be advocating taxing some people more and giving their money to others. He also wouldn’t be saying that we need to lower taxes to stimulate the economy. He wouldn’t be rattling swords or worrying about climate change. No, Jesus’ entire platform would have but 2 points: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, NKJV).
The problem with the “Jesus platform” is that it isn’t self-focused and, for the vast majority of the country today, voting is all about “what’s in it for me?” But, for Jesus, it’s never about self. It’s all about God. By inspiration, Paul wrote, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3). He went on to describe that this was the attitude of Jesus and that we should imitate His selfless example. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8). Though being equal to God, Jesus made Himself nothing, became a servant, humbled Himself and even allowed His creation to murder Him. Now really, how in the world can we be worried about ‘what’s in it for me’ when we consider what Jesus has already done for us?
Of course, another problem that Jesus would have at the polls is the idea of personal responsibility. If you listen carefully to some of these running for president today you’d think that nothing wrong in my life is ever my fault. I don’t make enough money? Not my fault! I don’t save enough money? Not my fault! I don’t have the education to get the job I want? Not my fault! EVERYTHING is someone else’s fault! Yet Jesus would say that we are responsible for our own lives. Not only that, when we stand before His judgment seat, we will answer for the things WE did in the flesh, not what someone else did. Try running for office in America today by telling people to get their own lives right, take responsibility for their own actions, stop whining and start serving! You might not get any votes at all!
Fortunately, Jesus isn’t running for President of the United States because He already has a ‘job’: He is King of kings, Lord of lords. And here’s the truth: Whoever wins in November will face the same future as the rest of us: they will someday bow their knee before Jesus and confess Him as Lord!
Our February numbers show that we still have much improvement needed to reach the goals that elders have set for us in 2016. I especially want to encourage you to come to Bible class! We have an incredible lineup of classes for the Spring Quarter starting March 6. Please make it your priority to be here Sunday mornings at 9:00!
25 baptisms inside our assembly 1
10-20 net gain of new families 9
360 Sunday AM attendance
275 Bible class attendance:
8 in deaf ministry attendance
18 in sign language class 8
400 baptisms outside the assembly 27