Fear Not

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Posted in Culture/Society Hits 384

Fear Not

Election Day 2020. It's a day that, regardless of how things turn out, will go down in the history books as hopefully a famous day (and not an infamous one).

Writing an article for publication on this day feels like an important responsibility. We’ve all been through a lot this year. We’ve had our lives turned upside down in so many ways. Many of us have, at times, been saddened, worried, and maybe a little fearful. And it hasn’t just been the virus and its effects that have caused these feelings. The events that have gone on around us, in some ways, have been unimaginable.

If someone would have told you last November all the things that have happened so far in 2020, from the virus, to the shutdown, to the civil unrest, the fires out west, and the 26 named storms in the Atlantic basin (and we still have a month of hurricane season left), would you have believed it? I don’t know if I would have. Plausible? OK, maybe. But really, all that in less than a year? Now, let’s throw in an election where it seems like everyone in the country is either on one side or the other, and there is no middle ground (though I’m sure there is a middle group that may be larger than anyone really knows).

All of this may feel like it’s just too much to bear. Today I’m here to tell you, fear not.

Who Are You Voting For?

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Posted in Culture/Society Hits 636

Who Are You Voting For?

Let's begin this topic with a little bit of trivia: We currently have approximately 3000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ living in the United States with no more than 500 living in any single state. Since all elections in the United States (including for President) are determined by voters within each individual state, what do you suppose is the likelihood that our church membership will affect the outcome of any of the national elections this year? If you answered virtually zero, you would be correct. Why do I point this out? For two reasons:

  1. You can trust that the purpose of this article is not to convince you to vote for any particular candidates on Election Day. Quite frankly, I have more valuable ways to spend my time than trying to affect the votes of a few hundred people in an election that will be decided by hundreds of thousands of votes.
  2. Just as I have no reason to try to influence members of the church as to how to vote, neither do any of you have any reason to try to do so. The upside is zero and the downside is exactly what the devil wants — broken relationships and division within the body of Christ. Social media makes it very easy to expound our views but hopefully, we can realize that such expounding (regardless of who we are supporting and how insightful we may think our comments are) is only hurting The Church of Jesus Christ.

So, who are you voting for this year? What criteria are you using to make your decision? For myself, I have to confess that I actually have a very simplistic way of deciding how to vote. It's based on scripture such as this: