As the 2016 Presidential election kicks off Thursday night with the first major debate, don’t be surprised by the responses you hear. For this is the season of persuasion, a makeover to present a much broader perspective of each candidate. Hoping the audience forgets any selective memory of their past, “if you vote for me I will speak for you, the little guy.” Yet, like any season, campaign promises will come to an end as soon as each ballet has been counted. Just as birds fly south for the winter, politicians will return to their normal routine, to a selective society, embracing those who share a similar worldview.
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations, Mark 13:10.
Perhaps this facade turns most people off, causing a growing number of citizens to stay home on Election Day. This is what made Jesus so attractive to the masses during the first century. His message wasn’t limited to the rich and famous. Rather, Jesus’ focus extended beyond party lines, seeking to reach individuals in every nation. Thus, as he teaches disciples about the future, one thing is clear, a selective society is unacceptable.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation, Mark 16:15.
When I look at myself in the mirror, the truth hurts. Despite what I believe, I find myself gravitating toward those who like me and distancing myself from those with different opinions. This is not the image Jesus paints in the Bible. The gospel is not based upon feelings. Rather, everyone is given an opportunity, a chance to accept or reject faith. Therefore, whether you’re a politician or average person, avoid the temptation of remaining in a selective society by stepping out in faith to fulfill the great commission.
by Jay Mankus