This week we will make some very important decisions that will impact our future.  Let me offer this invitation to my Christian friends.  Be a Christian before you are an American.  Be a follower of Jesus before acting as a Republican or Democrat or Independent.  Pray for a discernment of what your faith is calling you to do in this election.  Then vote.  After casting your ballot, continue to be a Christian as you await the results.  Be a Jesus follower once the results are known.  No matter the results, remember God is still here, Jesus is still Lord and the Holy Spirit can still intercede and guide us.  Let our words and actions witness those truths.  We will neither gloat nor accuse.  We will work for reconciliation.  We will speak with reason and holiness.  We will act with respect and compassion.

To my friends at Clarkston United Methodist Church, we will keep our mission the same, “connecting people to people and people to God”.  This is not the mission we put on when we come into church.  It is what we put on as we go and serve in the world. Be connectors of Jesus bringing people with differences together with the weapons of grace, mercy and peace.  Let the church be the place where our love of Christ surpasses all differences we hold. Let our community be a place where we find solace from the acrimony of the world and gain focus so we can enter the world and transform it one person and family at a time for the sake of Christ our Lord.

I invite us all to elect to be faithful disciples of Christ this week with our actions and prayers. It is the most important choice we will make this week.

:May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 1 Peter 1:2

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