Well this is a first, Rob starting a blog! Election Day is a good day to start.
What a beautiful morning today, strolled to the polling station at the Infant’s school wondering who I may bump into for a chat before voting and then on to work. The thing that started my urge to put words to the laptop was an overheard conversation on the way to put my cross in the ballot box. An elderly gentleman said to a younger man, “Have you voted yet?” The answer really surprised me, “Do I look like a man who would be voting, I do not vote!” That almost stopped me in my tracks and I was desperate to say,”Pardon, what did you say?” I wanted to tell him that it is his right to vote, he should not waste an opportunity to make a difference, not only in his community but his country. But I stopped myself and went on to vote. On the way home, the young man was still there and I thought, “Shall I, Shall I not?”
Then I thought "What about you Rob! It's great that you have done the right thing and voted, but what about the opportunity not just to vote, but the command from Jesus to go out and make disciples of all nations." Do I, do we take every opportunity given to us by God to share the good news of the gospel, that Jesus died on the cross for all of us, once and for all, that he rose on the third day and now sits with the Father? That is our hope, our Salvation. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Do we when presented with an opportunity to share the good news say to ourselves, “Shall I, Shall I not?” Voting is one thing, but saving someone’s soul is far greater. I don’t want to appear self righteous - that young man had his reasons for not voting, that‘s between him and his conscience. But God wants us to share the good news. God doesn’t want to say and we don’t want to hear, “Pardon, what didn’t you say!”