What Changes?
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:30AM
John Joseph

What changes after the election today?  Many have argued EVERYTHIING.  There seems to be a higher than normal level of anxiety over the election.  This is the year our country might elect the first woman for President of the United States.  It was not long ago the first African-American was elected as President of the United States—Barak Obama.  To say the least, these are major changes for our nation.  What makes our country so great is our freedom to vote.  Our voices elect the people who will lead us.  Not only do we vote leaders into office, but we also vote on propositions.  This is our time.  And for some the direction our country is headed scares them while others are excited.  No matter where you are, these are our times.


It’s difficult not to assume where our country’s high level of anxiety comes from.  Too many of us place our trust in the President to bring hope to this country.  It seems too much for one person to shoulder.  The responsibility of the President is truly great. Unfortunately, this election year seems to be the most divisive election in a long time—some say ever.  And really, how can one person bring so much change?  In 2008, President Obama’s campaign slogans were “Change We Can Believe In,” and “Change We Need,” or simply “Hope.”  This is the message President Obama wanted the people to hear.  There is change in the air and it is hopeful.  Or, so that’s what we were to believe.  But, as I think about who I am and who I am becoming, how much change has taken place in me these last 4-years? 


Now, my goal is not to write about the presidential climate of the U.S. but to bring to our attention where true hope and change comes from—and I must say—not from the President of the United States.  There is hope for change that really matters and it comes from Jesus Christ.  Do not get me wrong, there is great honor, power and authority in the position of the presidency—they are the Commander and Chief of the U.S. Military.  But when it comes to my every day choices and who I am when no one is looking—it does not matter who the President is, was or will be.  What matters is how my soul is being shaped by Jesus into Jesus. 


So what changes?  Nothing?  Everything?  I guess it depends on your perspective.  No matter what the outcome of the presidential election is today—God is still sovereign over everything.  What changes for you?  Hopefully, you are encouraged to keep a Kingdom perspective where our change comes from knowing Jesus Christ and walking with him daily—that is where I have seen the most significant change in my life. 


Now go vote!  (Only if you're old enough)



Pastor John

Associate Pastor

Article originally appeared on Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church | To Know Christ and Make Christ Known | (http://gmpc.org/).
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