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Keep in mind spiritual foundation when voting

September 29, 2010

In about five weeks, we will be holding our mid-term elections for federal office; we will also be electing our main term choices for statewide offices.

It is expected to be a time when the incumbents will fare badly because the electorate is so frustrated with the affairs of our country.

Although the incumbents are going to be the targets of most of the frustration, the polls actually indicate that most people are not too excited about their replacements.

Congressional approval ratings are at historic levels of disapproval, however, those alternatives are not popular either.

I believe this indicates the fact that the general population knows full well that we are on the wrong track, but unfortunately we have been on the wrong track for so long that looking back does not provide much encouragement for the future.

Many of the difficulties that we face today are the result of choices we made a long time ago—those choices will not be easily reversed.

The Bible tells us that if we want to understand the invisible God, we should look at the visible things because they demonstrate the attributes of the Creator.

One very good example of this is the concept of seedtime and harvest. In the book of Genesis, it says that the seedtime and harvest cycle will last as long as the earth remains.

This principle is obviously true; when you sow a seed and give it the proper care, in time, it will grow and produce fruit.

Oftentimes, the choices in life are seed planting choices because they set the stage for future results.

In our country, we planted and nourished many seeds, or choices, without consideration of the long-term impact of those choices.

As a society, we were encouraged by our contemporary influences to think about our temporary satisfaction; hence society became the fertile soil for our national choices.

Many government programs were started without thinking about the long-term costs, as were many business and labor agreements. We have experienced the failing of many of our businesses and without dramatic changes our government will follow closely behind.

The greater issue is not what specific agenda we will follow, but what character motivations will we follow.

In order to reverse the seeds of the past, a spiritual renewal must take place to form the basis for the changes that we need.

If we do not have spiritual change, our choices will not have the fertile soil that will allow them to grow to the point of producing the long-term changes that we need.

As the election draws closer, I certainly have specific policies that I would like to see instituted, so I have chosen candidates who I will vote for.

However, as a pastor and Christian, I also realize that I have an even more important role.

That role is to bring about a change in people, and in the greater society, that can only take place with God's help.

It is great that so many Christians are becoming actively involved in politics.

As Christian Americans, our stewardship from God means that we should vote and be in the public square, but we must also be very committed to an even more important role in the transforming of our society—spiritual renewal.

Finally, we must understand that the building blocks of a society are the families and individuals who comprise its individual parts.

We must make our own individual choices that will enhance our future, and also lay the proper spiritual foundation that will give the seed fertile soil to grow in. If your choices are seeds, are you considering how powerful those choices are? Are you taking your future seriously?

Answering these questions has truly become the most important issue for today.

The Rev. Loren Covarrubias is pastor of Mt. Zion Church.