It is time to cast a ballot. Election 2020 is upon us. That is right. The moment has come for us to select our deacon leadership! (And you thought I was talking about something else?) Seriously, the choosing of our deacons is one of the most significant practices of the church. We see the first “election” in Acts 6 when seven men were selected by the Jerusalem believers in order to wait the tables of Grecian widows and minister to their needs. The apostles could have chosen them, but they trusted the Holy Spirit to direct the congregation to choose the right men to fulfill the work. And so, He did! And so, He still does! The Spirit works within us, and we collectively choose deacons who protect the unity of the church and further the ministry.
I am especially grateful for those brothers I call deacons here at Temple Baptist Church. They understand that initial responsibility of the deacon—to keep the fellowship of the church through service and ministry. For the past few years, I have served with some of the most solid, selfless deacons I have ever encountered. Even during a pandemic, they have been faithful to check on people and encourage the work of the Lord. This Sunday, we have an opportunity to nominate ten more such individuals to the Deacons Council. I ask you to pray fervently this week for guidance and discernment as you approach this decision. Read Acts 6:1-7 and
1 Timothy 3:8-13 to help you in the process. And finally, seek the Holy Spirit’s prompting in your selection. You can go ahead and write those names down on your ballot and bring it with you to our morning worship services. Or if you are still not comfortable returning to worship at this time, you may drive through and drop off your ballot to a deacon who will be standing under the east portico (by the Church Office) from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Luke reminded us about the powerful results of the first deacon election: “And the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith”
(Acts 6:7 ESV). What an awesome statement! The choosing of deacons allowed the kingdom to continue its advancement. Let’s pray that God will use this week’s Deacon Nomination also to multiply ministry and expand the gospel’s impact.
As I close, I recognize the import of the local and national elections that are going on around us
as well. Early voting is about to begin, and we will cast our ballots as our conscience dictates. My friends, I encourage you to pray about the choices before you and vote your convictions. At the end of the day, we as believers must remember that we are not devoted to a political party but rather to the Lord over all, Jesus Christ Himself. We can have political differences; yet God’s Kingdom priorities must draw us together. (I’m certain Matthew, the tax collector, and Simon the Zealot must have had some intense conversations around the campfire. Think of it. The traitor versus the treasonous! And yet, those two disciples kept the gospel at the center of their relationship!) And while I have never personally endorsed any candidate (and I will not start now!), I do want to affirm my support for the Love Life constitutional amendment (#1). Your support (Yes) for this amendment will explicitly declare that our state constitution does not affirm a right to abortion; therefore, a rogue judge can’t “find” the unwritten right in the constitution. My friends, no matter what your politics, our culture must protect life . . . even the life of the most vulnerable. This amendment has bipartisan support in our state, and it is one step in our efforts to end the reprehensible practice of abortion. Again, ask the Lord to direct you in every vote you make, and follow His leadership as you make your choices. And may His will be done! See you Sunday!