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This is a thought to ponder that is special. In 14 days an election will be held. The decision to who will lead our nation will be made. Some of you might mail in your ballots while others may vote early. I am heading to polls on Tuesday November 3rd and plan to be there the moment the doors open to cast my vote. To exercise the most basic freedom we enjoy just as you will or have done.

We are all flawed, can I get an Amen? You might well conclude and say Pastor, that goes without saying. Many years ago I heard someone opine that they expected more from another than they did of themselves. That seems to sum up the thought and confirm that we know we are flawed but expect others not to be so.

Both of the candidates for President are flawed. Neither has flaws more than the other, as they are both flawed. So are you and so am I. So let's be honest here about something. You may not see the flaws of one to be as great as the other. By the way that is a mistake. Flaws are flaws and they are all the same. It is like sin, there is no sin greater or worse than another in the eyes of God. Sin is sin whether you commit murder or tell that "white lie". All are a transgression against the perfect will of God.

There are some sins that I will not commit and there are others that I will. Some I will sin by omission and some by commission. For an understanding of the difference, go to this link now about sin.

When the woman caught in sin was brought to Jesus in John 8 He said “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” We all learn an invaluable lesson that we are not to judge others. Consider people you might believe or hang out with. You do so based on what you know and learn about them. The same is true for those who we must elect to represent and lead us as citizens. If all of the candidates for any office are flawed, then what is the use in choosing one over the other? Well, simply someone has to represent and lead so we have to make the best decision we can based on the information at hand.

Back to the flawed candidates for President. If either or both were running against Jesus I would not vote for either of them, but rather for Jesus. In a very surreal way, that is what I am doing now when I cast my vote.

Would Jesus abort a child He created and say He did so because it was the mother's right to decide? Would Jesus who created that little 8-year child and say to them that I made you a boy but if you decide it is ok for you to be a girl go right ahead? Listen, this is not easy stuff to talk about or even think about. Just on the litmus test here of "what would Jesus do" I know there is only one candidate I can vote for this year and he is one "hot mess". Yet, he believes in the sanctity of life and the value of a child He has created.

Certainly, there are a lot of other things about the candidates and their individual ideas and views. As a Christian, and then as a citizen, my responsibility is to prayerfully consider and be discerning as to what God’s Word says. Keeping in mind the challenge of making a wise and prudent choice. This is never easy but it is something we all must do.

I appreciated a recent article and would encourage you to read it by Dennis Prager.

It is difficult for me to believe that there are people who do not see what is happening in our country. Satan is alive and well and as the Scripture says he is roaming around like a roaring lion, looking to devour. As much as he wants to devour you or me, he wants to devour this country. He seems to be doing a good job. But the Word also says greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.

My prayer is God be merciful unto us and this country. Protect us from the evil one. “Show us, show us Your mercy, show us, show us Your power, show us, show us Your glory Lord”.

Now, some might say I have not gone far enough in this. However, I think you are all smart enough to figure out what I am saying. Think about and pray about what the Lord would lead you to do with the freedom to vote that He has given you.

A thought to ponder,

Elbert Nasworthy

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