I Voted Today!
I awoke in my ballot box and began voting the minute I got up. I voted for Jesus. Of course, not every vote was for Jesus. I still voted for myself a few times.
Jesus tells us that if we vote for anyone else, we are against Him, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Matt. 12:30. But how do we vote for Jesus in our daily activities?
We vote for someone else whenever we do anything that scatters people and drives them away from Jesus. The first example of this is demonstrated in Genesis, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Gen. 3:1. Satan voted for himself when he tempted Eve to disobey God. Eve still had a choice. However, the fruit looked like good food, and God might be wrong about dying. So, she voted for Satan.
We all have these choices, and some days there are many. How can we vote for Jesus when these choices present themselves? Jesus answers, "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Rom. 13:10, "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Rom. 12:9, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.", "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Matt. 5:44-45, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mk. 12:30-31, and "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Gal. 5:14.
Jesus asks us to love. We all know what that really means. However, we pretend it means loving ourselves, thinking God will somehow not see the difference. How foolish can we be? A creator God who is love, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 1 Jn. 4:16, knows what love is, and He gave each of us a conscience so that we might also know, "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:" 1 Tim. 1:5. Every day, we get to vote for Jesus by loving as He does, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Jn. 13:34-35.
How are we voting today?