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Communion (1995 Series)

Election Day

Scheduled for November 2

“Democracy,”  Winston Churchill is reputed to have remarked, “is the worst form of government.  Except for all the others.”

 

There is much uncertainty and debate about the role of a Christian in democracy;  some say this, others that, and it’s not my purpose to state the doctrine of church and state.  Rather, I would have you remember why our Founding Fathers insisted upon popular votes.  It was not because they believed the common man a source of virtue (possibly with the exception of Thomas Jefferson).  It was because they believed that all men are sinners, and none were so inherently righteous as to be completely trusted with the governance of their fellow men.

 

It is a dour view of human nature, and one not much in favor these days.  We prefer to think of the citizenry as the source of our democracy’s strength, the foundation of the republic’s virtue.  It is not so.  Our ancestors carefully constructed a constitution which provided for a balance of powers so that no one man, or group of men, would become so powerful as to ride roughshod over all others.  The view is that all of us are sinners, and our only political hope is to have each sinner keep tabs on all the others.

 

The point here is not the correct method of constructing a government, but rather the futility of a government, any government, in correcting sin.  No government program can make a man righteous, and those who wrote the constitution knew that.  Our leaders have since forgotten it, but that does not change the truth.

 

What, then, does make a man righteous?  Our society has made two other attempts at it:  one is to deny the existence of sin (must be your heredity or upbringing) and the other is to soothe it (why do psychologists talk so much about guilt?)  There is only one real way to deal with sin, to make men righteous:  that is to take up the righteousness Jesus Christ made available at the cross.  Only his perfect righteousness will work in this world;  only his righteousness will be of any effect on the Day of Judgment.

 

This Lord’s Supper is the celebration of the sacrifice which made that righteousness available to us.  Without his death on the cross, we would have no means of access to the righteousness of Christ, and thus no access to our Heavenly Father.  Our founding fathers knew that liberty was bought with a price, eternal vigilance and often the sacrifice of lives.  Righteousness, our eternal freedom in Christ, is also bought with a price:  the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  As you partake of the Lord’s Supper, remember:  you are not your own;  you were bought with a price.

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