Summary: "Why are we doing this?"
I started this sermon last Sunday afternoon before the elections were held and was going to share several stories about past elections and voter apathy. And do you know that the events of this past Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday has some commonality with these illustrations? The first is from Robert Ripley, who is, I believe, behind one of America’s favorite newspaper columns Ripley’s Believe it, or Not! that has been popular with millions of people over the years because of the interesting and unusual items that it has reported to the general public.
Ripley reported several years ago that a mule named Boston Curtis was elected Republican committeeman from Wilton, Washington by a 51-vote plurality. The mule was sponsored by the Democratic mayor of the town - to prove a theory that many voters are careless. The filing notice was signed with the candidate’s hoofprints and his sponsor signed as a witness.
In another case, reported by a different source, I believe, involves the election of a cigar store Indian to Justice of the Peace in Allentown, New Jersey. The statue, clothed with the fictitous name of Abner Robbins, was duly placed on the ballot and elected with a plurality of seven votes over the incumbent Sam Davis. Judge Davis, who held office many years, resigned in indignation when he learned his successful opponent was a wooden Indian.
I don’t know about you, but this election year was somewhat hard to stomach. Even though I was excited about one candidate at a certain point earlier in the year, I found myself just getting tired of the whole thing in the last few weeks.
There seems to be so much cynicism and weariness regarding public officials
now days. Maybe it is because of the Clinton-Lewinsky relationship or the events of the past four decades - Vietnam, Watergate, and all that went on regarding those situations or maybe it is because we the pace and demands of life have so overwhelmed us that it seems government is incapable of finding problems to the solutions of our modern society that we have given up hope and become complacent rather than committed.
The same danger holds true in our faith and Satan will try to prevent committment to God and the Church by encouraging complacency while God wants us to become more committed and faithful.
In the 6th chapter of Galatians, verses 7 through 10, Paul writes to the Galatian church these words:
(Read the passage)
Verse 9 is the important verse for us this morning because it is a word of encouragment to the weary hearted, the exhausted, even apathetic, followers of Christ who seem to be just hanging on.
"So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time."
Before us this morning are three items that are used in everyday life. A light bulb, a personal computer, and a tire. Each of these items are important to us. In fact, our automobiles use all three - light bulbs for headlights, tires for motion, and small computer systems to help mechanics, now called service technicians, to diagnose problems.