‘Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’
Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
Tomorrow, at long last, is election day. There is a feeling among many people that this is one of the most consequential presidential elections in our history. I read the story of one man in his seventies who said he has never voted in a presidential election before but is voting this year because he believes it is so important this time. It is certainly the most contentious and divisive election that I recall since I began voting at the age of 18, in the first election in which 18-year olds were given the vote.
No matter what our feelings are about this election and whatever the result, it would behoove us to do as Joshua and the Hebrews did and pause to take stock of what is truly important. We need to remind ourselves that we serve a God of Hope, a God of Love, a God of Peace. We serve a God who values every human being and we must do the same. This does not mean that we do not continue to work for justice and righteousness, but that our motivation and basis for that work has God at its core. We should and must treat each other with the dignity that we deserve as a child of God.
God of Our Ancestors,
Help us to choose this day to serve you in sincerity and faithful