Tuesday’s Torch 606
September 22, 2020
So for this weeks message I decided to do a little something different. As anyone who ever watches the tv or spends even minute or two on social media or simply is coherent already knows, there’s an election coming up. There are a lot of other really big things happening too so hear me out on something and don’t jump to conclusions but here goes, I’m going to tell you who you should trust and who you should vote for. Ready?
God our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. See, I’m not really going to tell you who you should vote for in the presidential election or any senate races, not gonna share with you my thoughts on the Supreme Court even though I’m definitely full of opinions. But in comparison it’s not as important as people are making it, at least not in comparison to things of an eternal nature.
So vote for God. Vote for the Savior and the Holy Ghost. Place your trust there. No other leaders have what is best for you personally in mind as much or more than them. When I say vote I also include in that sustaining and representing. So very many of my friends on social media have within their first couple posts visible on their page posts that let you know their political affiliation or opinions on current events of the day but how evident are their beliefs? You may know if they are voting for Biden or Trump but do you know who they are trusting with eternal salvation? Now I’m not saying we should all spend every moment online sharing Gospel messages, but shouldn’t our relationship with the savior and our time spent in the scriptures be at least comparable to the time spent caught up in politics and Facebook opinion sharing? I think so and I’m one of those who is guilty of sharing far too many political viewpoints and bickering with friends far too often online when I’m not sharing pictures of my food.
Now I’ve mentioned who to “vote for” and now I would like to rattle off some things to vote for and to give some of our attention to that’ll help us get out of the funk that paying too much attention to politics and social bickering can cause us to be in.
Vote for Forgiveness! For yourself and others. Whether for something minor or huge things you don’t feel you can ever get past. Vote for righteousness! Personal accountability for where you are in life and where you want to be. Vote for patience, don’t expect everything you are seeking to happen right now or all at once. Do your best and strive diligently because just maybe the journey to receive the blessing you seek will teach you the lessons that you need in order to keep the blessings once you finally get them.
Vote for repentance. The knowledge that the price has already been payed for every mistake you’ve ever made and that gift is yours, should you accept it is marvelous. You can change and you can overcome your past mistakes. Vote for compassion. There are so many ways we can feel about people, so many times we could become irritated or frustrated or downright angry at people, choose compassion because we don’t fully know what they are struggling with. Maybe we view their struggle as something made up or otherwise imagined? So what, that doesn’t mean they aren’t allowing it to hurt them, have compassion on them. Doesn’t mean approve of whatever the action you don’t like is, but step back and attempt to see the person beyond simply a thing they are saying or doing.
Vote for the Gospel. Vote for scripture study. Vote twice for prayer! Vote three times for Faith, Four times for Hope and 47 times for charity! Vote as many times as you can for Love! There’s no voter fraud with the voting I’m talking about doing. And don’t just vote for God and Christ and all these things, don’t just say “yep of course”, get involved. Let it fire you up way more than many are letting politics or social justice or even what apps people are wasting time on can.
Seems to be more people are concerned with getting people on their side or proving people wrong in so many ways that aren’t of eternal significance. Contrary to popular belief, who you vote for as President doesn’t send you to heaven or hell. And it doesn’t mean your friend with opposite opinions is following Satan. Unless of course they plan on writing in a vote for Lucifer which they probably aren’t doing.
We are all here on Earth with our own unique struggles and our own gifts and talents. We have our own one-of-a-kind perspective. Let us make the best of it. Would you like to know my thoughts on how to do that? My vote is that you turn it over to God. The possibilities of what we can accomplish by ourselves is so small in comparison to what God can accomplish in our lives if we let him. If we choose to use our God-given agency to do what He would have us do. I vote we put our trust in the Savior of the World. And let us do it now. No need to wait until November 3rd or any other day.
In closing my friends, my brothers and my sisters, remember John 15:10-11 which states:
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
Remember these words of the Savior as you strive to keep the commandments and live righteously. May we all have the fullness of Joy promised in those verses. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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