On the eve of our National Election -
- write to call you to prayer as we approach the time to vote on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be an opportunity for the electorate of the Cayman Islands to choose men and women who will govern with integrity, wisdom, and courage. This country needs the prayers of God's people as we engage in the sacred and serious business of seeking the Lord for His will in who will lead this nation. This past Sunday morning, I called our congregation to do three things regarding the election:
- Pray ... submit your life to God and ask Him for wisdom in how you will vote. The Bible states clearly: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). By God's leading, vote for the person you believe has the heart and mind to pursue righteousness and who will best serve the Cayman Islands in line with our long-standing Judeo-Christian values;
- Vote (if you are eligible) and pray... Pray going into the voting booth. If you cannot vote, pray on Wednesday for those who do vote, that the Holy Spirit of God would superintend the voting process; then
- Pray for those elected ... As Christians, let us rally around the newly elected leaders to pray for them and to help them as they seek to govern our island community. It's one thing to differ with someone in honest disagreements about what is best, but as Christians there is no place for animosity, bickering, and mean-spiritedness, or any other divisive tactics or antics. Let's come through this election as Christians, leading the way in unity and charity to all.
For your reflection - It is a rather amazing thing to me that Jesus never challenged or criticized the Roman Emperor and Empire of the first century. In a brief reference, our Lord once said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's" (Luke 20:25). Now, surely Jesus would have been concerned about the political and social ills of His day, but His focus was on another kingdom - the Kingdom of God, a spiritual kingdom that would eventually turn the worldly kingdom controlled by Rome upside down. Even so for us, as we work for justice and good in our society, we must keep our focus on that which is Eternal. We must pray as Jesus taught us ... and live accordingly: "Your kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10). Let's do our part in voting, living good lives, being contributing citizens, and community engaged persons, but let us also be praying people, praying and living for the glory of God as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. And as we do, watch what happens. Things will start being turned upside down for good!
And just a reminder of the weekend ahead - we will be engaged in several critically important activities in the life and ministry of our congregation:
- Youth Mega-Fundraiser, Saturday, May 27, 6:00am to 2:00pm - Be sure to come out and support our youth as they seek to raise much-needed funds for Summer Camp. The day includes four ways you can support them:
- Garage Sale
- Silent Auction
- Barbeque ... including a "pulled pork plate" that is promised to be "Dee-licious!"
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Orientation and Registration for the Master of Theology Program (Saturday, 9:00am-Noon during the Youth Mega-morning.)
- Vacation Bible School and Kids' Camp Registration Kick-Off (Children and Youth Centre lobby), Sunday AM (May 28) following worship; and
- Quarterly Members' Meeting in the Sanctuary following worship on Sunday morning.
It's a joy to serve the Lord with you!