Christians have a moral imperative to engage the political process...

Nearly 6oo years before the time of Jesus, the Prophet Jeremiah wrote to the Jewish people who had been exiled from their homeland to Babylon. He gives them this advice during their sojourn: "Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare" (Jeremiah 29:4-7).

As Christians, our true citizenship is in the Kingdom of God, but right now we too live as exiles in another country. Like the ancient Jews, God asks us to be salt and light to a nation that so often seems governed by values contrary to God's hope for the world. One way we can live this out is to exercise our right to vote for political leaders and for propositions on the ballot. Have you registered to vote? This year in particular, Christians have a moral imperative to engage the political process and to vote. To give in to an ideology of apathy is contrary to the Gospel message.

We need to engage in all the ways available to us to make some change in the life of our city, state and nation. We will never make Babylon into Jerusalem -- that will happen one day by God's grace -- but we can live as exiles now as we wait for the new Jerusalem, the new creation and create in the midst of it positive signs of change and hope. So, let’s plant gardens, and do good to seek the welfare of the city where we live today.

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