Reflections on the election

Steve Smith Pastor, Magnolia United Methodist Church Published:

With a heart of gratitude for the many blessings God has richly bestowed upon us as Americans, and celebrating Veterans Day where we shared a deep respect for those who served our nation, willing to pay the ultimate price to sustain life and liberty, I am still trying to make sense of our election on Nov. 6. What did we really do?

Politically speaking, pro-choice demanded no choice for pro-life. As our new health care plan unfolds into a more complete reality, pro-life supporters are mandated to financially support this death legislation by paying for abortions, and I fear will potentially open the door to euthanasia and reduced benefits for the elderly and those with major infirmities.

I cannot speak for America, but I personally welcome this Advent Season. Come, Lord Jesus! Come! We need you like never before! God is the greatest advocate of life I know. God creates it, and will receive it back in his time. But even when people make poor choices, God has given his life on the Cross of Calvary to offer forgiveness, repentance, and restoration to life. God recognized before we did our need for a Savior to save us from ourselves.

As we come into this Christmas Season, we have an opportunity to activate pro-choice and pro-life, with God's choice. If we choose to embrace God's gift of a Savior, we choose life, but if we choose to push God out of our life, we choose death and destruction. God wants us to choose life! The salvation and redemption of America does not come through a donkey or an elephant; it only comes when we willingly receive the Lamb of God as Lord (ruler) and Savior of our life!

Without apology, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas.

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