The Great Debate

Read: Romans 10:1-13

I am sure many of you have heard about the big Presidential debate that is taking place tonight in Denver at 8 pm Central time. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will debate the many issues, challenges, and hopes that face our country and the future of the United States.

It’s called a debate because most likely (or surely) the two candidates will disagree on most points that are raised. Why else would they show up in Denver, they are not interested in what they might agree on, they are interested in what makes them more electable than the other.

Romans 13 is a reminder for Christians and followers of Jesus Christ that there is no debate on our salvation in Christ. Verse 13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We don’t have to debate it or wonder about it, we can be sure!

A story is told about a time when Vice-President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one senator angrily told another to go “straight to hell.” The offended Senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer, and Coolidge looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate and wittily replied. “I’ve looked through the rule book,” he said, “You don’t have to go.”

Praise the Lord that we have been saved. The Bible is clear that God sent his Son Jesus to the earth to provide this salvation and this gift for all of those who repent of their sins and proclaim Jesus as the Lord of their lives. This great debate is not even a debate, it is settled!

As the politicians go about their final weeks leading up to the election we will hear many promises. Many of us will be suspicious as to if those promises will ever come to pass. But there is a promise that is true and everlasting, and that is found in Romans 10 and throughout our Bibles. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!”

Make it personal: If you watch the debate tonight try to imagine them being asked the question, “What is the one true hope that you have for the people of this country.” As Christians how would we answer that? It probably would be different than how they would answer it tonight.

Have a wonderful week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church