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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
TITLE: Lone Representative
By Dawn Thomason
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For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (KJV)
Excitement filled the air as the attorneys gathered in the conference room. Each was anxious to share what they experienced at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. They reminded me of school children clamoring for the teacher’s attention, speaking over top of each other in inaudible rhythms. “History is being made and we are living it!” was the cheer of one attorney. Another burst forth with anthems of praise for the vice presidential candidate. Everyone was in agreement except for one – me.
As it became apparent to those gathered that I did not share in their enthusiasm, an odd silence came over the room. For a moment I feared I might be lynched or at least fired. I reminded myself that I was blessed to be an American and my freedom of speech was secured centuries ago. Mustering courage from the depths of my soul, I expressed my opinions and the reasons for them. By the shocked look on their faces, I feared a second head had sprouted atop my shoulders. Never had such blasphemy been uttered inside the walls of the prestigious law firm. As they stared with gaping eyes and wide-sprung mouths, I began to pray.
It was then I realized it didn’t matter whether I was a Democrat or Republican. My affiliation with the Father was far more important. I was made free in Christ through the shed blood of Jesus. As a Christian, my main duty in life is to represent Christ in a way that brings Him glory.
As boldly as I had spoken on behalf of my presidential candidate, I needed to possess the same boldness when speaking on behalf of my Savior. I do not need to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. He died once for all, the Jew and the Greek, the Democrat and the Republican.
Father, may we never be ashamed to be Your representatives. Temper our speech with truth, humility and love. Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Thy sight.
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