I find myself wondering at times what the influence will be for people when they report to the polls to vote on November 8, 2016. I have a pretty good idea that when many people vote they do so by voting for the candidate who gives them the most hope for our country, our communities, and our families. In this political season for our country we hear a lot of promises of change being thrown around by the presidential candidates. We take these promises and we turn them into hope. You cannot tell me this is not the case because how do you account for the feelings of frustration and anger we have when the presidential candidate who becomes president fails to live up to his or her promises. The reality is for over 227 years we as a country have put our hope in the wrong people. The transformation and change we seek as a nation will never come from a president regardless of how spectacular he or she is.
A long time ago there was a man who declared that true transformation and change was possible; however, it is only possible when God is involved and without God involved it was not possible for change to happen. A teacher of the law, who was among some of the wisest people of the time asked Jesus, “what is the single greatest commandment.” Jesus responded with not one but two commands that together summed up the Greatest Commandment. Jesus said, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And to love your neighbor as yourself.” No politician or government system is going to bring the change our country and world needs. But this Easter season we are reminded that Jesus Christ died and rose to life. He died for our sins giving us an opportunity of true eternal transformation. The ultimate change is found in Jesus Christ and He chose the Church to reveal this change to the world.
The transformation and change this world needs is possible and the answer lies not with a presidential leader, but within each and every human being doing two things: loving God and loving others. My question for you is who are you putting your hope and faith in?
Pastor Dustin Jones