October 27, 2008
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
In the last month, I have had the opportunity of sharing the Savior's story of salvation in Canada and Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and a host of places in between.
During those wanderings, I have found people who are Republican and Democrat, Canadian and U.S. citizen, in complete and total agreement.
We are all tired of political advertisements.
This is why, for those of us who live in a God-given land of freedom, a reminder to give thanks might be in order.
In this case, the reminder comes from Afghanistan. The story is of Parwez Kambakhsh, a college student and part-time newspaper reporter, who shared an Internet article about the rights of women under Islam.
Parwez was arrested, held without charges, and denied an attorney. Eventually, he was brought before a secret trial, convicted of blasphemy, and sentenced to death.
And what was the reaction to this death sentence? Local journalists who defended Parwez were told they, too, would be arrested if they kept up their criticisms. Demonstrations were held in support of the court's decision; prominent clergymen said he deserved to be executed for violating the teachings of Islam.
In an appeal, Parwez' death sentence was reduced to 20 years in prison.
Now, I am not always pleased with the way things are going in my country, and I certainly don't like the contemptuous way many people treat the Lord.
But tonight, I will give thanks for this country. And when it comes to vote, I will vote for the person I believe can best lead our nation.
In the future, I will try to remember to rejoice that I live in a land where I can worship a living, loving Savior who, by His innocent suffering, death, and resurrection has set me free from the Law.
And for those of us who are tired of the ads, how about this reminder: every time a political ad comes on, close your eyes and say a prayer giving thanks for what God has given and praying He will let us follow a person who is pleasing to Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me for always complaining about the bad and failing to give thanks for the good. Make me a faithful citizen, and let our land be blessed by leaders who acknowledge Your many bounties. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries