Can I get in your business for a minute? Can I ask you a personal question? In this recent presidential election, why did you vote for your guy? What was the one overwhelming issue that inspired you to take time out of your busy schedule and vote? What motivates you to support your candidate of choice?
Now, I don’t ask this question to judge or to criticize. I respect your passion. I respect your right to choose your guy. And I really don’t want an answer. But I want you to think about it because I’m about to ask another question that may make you uncomfortable.
What are you doing the 1,460 days between elections to be a solution to the problem you are concerned about. (For the record, posting memes and articles on social media, and criticizing those who disagree with you are not a solutions.)
I was driving to work Wednesday, thinking about the election. Thinking about why I chose my guy. Thinking about what I want America to look like and how I might not see what I want if my guy lost.
Then I heard the sweet sound of the Holy Spirit ask me what I’m asking you this morning, “What are you going to do about it?” And then He said, “Be the change you want to see.”
Now you may think, I’m just one person. I can’t end abortion. I can’t end poverty. I can’t end homelessness. I can’t fix the racial division in this country. I can’t stimulate the economy.
But what if during the 1,460 days between elections, you helped equipped one mom so that she could choose life rather than abortion?
What if during the 1,460 days between elections, you fed families who were hungry?
What if during the 1,460 days between elections, you helped a family find housing and a job?
What if during the 1,460 days between elections, you made yourself uncomfortable and crossed the street to fellowship with someone who looked differently?
What if you were the change you wanted to see?
When the disciples saw the problem, crowds of hungry people, they went to their Guy and said, “The people are hungry and need food.” Their Guy said to them, “You feed them.”
If I can paraphrase their Guy, “I have equipped you to be a solution to the problem you are passionate about. I have given you power and authority to make a difference. Go, be the change you want to see.”
Their Guy is saying the same thing to us today, “You feed them.”
I know the problem is way bigger than me. But God told the children of
Israel to take the promise land little by little. He is telling us the same thing today. The woes of America will not be fixed in one day, in one election, with one president. But if every Christian took advantage of the 1,460 days between elections we could truly make this country great and united.
There are 1,456 days before the next election. What are you going to do?
“Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!””
Mark 6:35-37 NLT