After November 4th...

After what has felt like an endless election cycle November 4th is finally here. There is alot of expectation and emotion surrounding this election. For some the hope of change. For others the fear of change. In the midst of this we are followers of Jesus called to be servants and voices of hope in our culture and country. Regardless of what happens tomorrow that doesn't change. Regardless of who is selected to lead our country, Jesus remains the hope we offer.

Our church family gathered for prayer last week. It was a special evening. We were reminded of God's reign. We confessed how easy it is to lose sight of the sovereignty of God. We prayed for our country. As we ended we affirmed a number of declarations about our role as  followers of Jesus. It was a powerful moment.

I thought it would be good to invite each of us to declare our core commitments as the people of God.

In a culture disabled by disengagement, may we be a people of prayer...

In a culture wrestling with fear, may we be a people of faith...

In a culture marked by indifference, may we be a people of compassion...

In a culture tolerating injustice, may we be a people advocating for justice...

In a culture where darkess presses in, may we be a people of light...

In a culture drowning in disappointment and cynicism, may we be a people of joy...

In a culture that smells godless, may we be the fragrance of Christ...

In a culture coping with conflict, may we be a people facilitating reconciliation...

In a culture distraught with despair, may we be a people offering hope...

In a culture polarized by a number of differing views, may we be a people making peace...

In a culture starving for spiritual life, may we be a people offering the bread of life...

In a culture suffering from a lack of love, may we embody God's unconditional love...

My hope is that we wake Wednesday morning more passionate about our role as followers of Christ than excited or fearful about our next President.

Fighting For Your Hearts,

Gary Franklin