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There is still hope for our country in Jesus

August 18, 2010 - Well, I purposely held off writing this column so that we could see the results of the elections held earlier this month.

For some there were a lot of surprises, for others they saw just what they expected to see. Yet, no matter how you look at it, it was not business as usual.

What do I mean by this?

Well, let us look to Matthew 22:36-39 where we read: "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"

And He [Jesus] said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Over the past several weeks, we have heard countless campaign ads that have told us nothing of what the candidate will do for our state or local government, but we have sure heard all about how the "other guy" has done us wrong or will do us wrong.

Best construction or a smear campaign?

My mother always told me that if I could not say something good about someone else, then I should not say anything about them. So in an election, how would we campaign? Well, of course, we would tell everyone what we would do!

Such a novel idea don't you think?

I have heard that negativity sells and in a campaign, the candidate wants the biggest bang for his buck.

In fact, just about everyone wants the biggest bang for their buck. And that brings us to my very point: that in our society, we really don't care how we do it, just give us what we want.

The ends always justify the means. Well at least that is what we want to believe. We believe that it justifies us and makes us feel good about what we have done and about ourselves.

Sounds pretty selfish doesn't it?

It follows right with the corporate idea of making the bottom line all important. I can remember a day when a young person would take their first job while in high school, and unless it were delivering newspapers, they might well retire from that job, and with a pension.

Over the years this has changed dramatically. Some of the latest government information states that the average person will have 12 jobs in their life time.

And today, that does not even mean that they will have a retirement to go with it. This points to corporate greed. The corporations only care about themselves.

Actually, greed is one of the biggest issues that we have in our world today. It is not about what is right or wrong, as I said earlier, it is all about the bottom line.

Can you imagine a world that followed God's plan "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Yet, this is what God desires: for us to treat everyone with love and respect, not just our children, or our spouses, but also those we work with, buy from and sell to, and anyone with whom we interact.

We are all sinners and we all have fallen short of God's will, but by His grace and mercy, He gives us a second chance and even a third and fourth chance.

His will for us is to trust and believe on Him, forsaking all others, and to share His word with others so that they too may know Him as their Lord and Savior.

There is still hope for our country, and for us and that hope comes from none other than Jesus Christ.

For He alone suffered on the cross for our sins, died, descended into hell, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven to live eternally!

And His desire is to share this heaven and eternal life, with all who believe Him as their Lord and Savior.

The Rev. Kelly Todd is pastor of Christ Lutheran Church.

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