Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.
We live in a society that prides itself on rugged individualism. Abby and I went to Epcot over the weekend. I know, big surprise. We were without the kids so of course we went to the American Adventure on the World Showcase. It's been a while but that show inspired me as much this weekend as it ever has. One of my favorite parts is right at the beginning when Ben Franklin says. "Mr. Twain, pride is one of our national passions. Even those who overcome it, are proud of their humility." I chuckle every time. Because it's just so true. We are a proud country and for good reason. But it's not because each of us individually is so awesome. It's because when we work together, we overcome adversity.
I am feeling rather oppressed by our current polarized political climate. Tensions are running high leading into tomorrow's election. I think it is appropriate that in today's readings God is asking us to focus on others. When we put aside our own needs and serve others we make God's Kingdom is visible. The Jewish people thought the Messiah was going to come as a king and overthrow the oppressive Roman authority. Instead Jesus came to serve and die for our sins. The world would have you believe you are better off as a rugged individual. But God built us to be in community. To serve one another. So… by all means go to the polls and vote tomorrow. Because your vote matters. But remember that Jesus calls us to serve our fellow man daily. Not just in election years.