Tonight it is Monday, November 7th, 2016. And that means that tomorrow, November 8th, will be the end of a very long election season. Sometime late tomorrow the people of the United States will know who the next president will be, a decision that will also, in a general way, give a sense of direction for our country as a whole.
This election season has been long and polarizing. Has it been more filled with harsh words, conflict, misunderstanding and fear than any other election? Possibly, but possibly not. Personally, I'm not that concerned with the end result either way, so I'll wait until after my Wednesday morning prayer time to turn on my computer and find out the end result.
Presidents come. Presidents go. Kingdoms come, and they also go. As a country the United States has been on the scene since 1776, or 240 years, but one day it will come to an end. That day may be soon or it may be several hundred years in the future, but one day it's end will come. Of that I have no doubts.
Something else I have no doubts about is the permanent nature of the word of God. The Bible speaks of this in several places, including Mark 13:31, where Jesus says,
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."
Those words came to my mind earlier tonight, as we were closing the gathering of the youth ministry we have in Dulce each Monday evening. School-age children come for a time of fun and learning, built around the idea of teaching them God's word as a foundation for their life. They come to learn, memorize, and understand the meaning of the Bible. They come to learn something that has power past the span of their lives, however long that may turn out to be. As adults leading the program we are making an investment in the children of our community that has both earthly and eternal consequences.
On November 8th get out and vote. The election is important but the outcome and its effects are only for a season. So at some point during the course of the day take a few minutes or more and spend it in God's word, investing your time in something that is eternal.
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