All over the country, people are voting for who they want to run for President. Primary season is one of the purest forms of entertainment for the political junkie and one of the purest forms of boredom for just about everyone else. Turn on any news station today and you will likely see at least three people arguing back and forth. If you didn't know better, you would guess that the winner of the argument is not the one with the most compelling case, but the one who yells the loudest.
What is a person to make of all of this hoopla?
Remember this: politics does not change the hearts of people for good. If anything, it hardens hearts. I know when I was interested in politics and engaging in the "discussion" of the day I was a more bitter and difficult person. Do you know what does change hearts? God. I think of a guy like Saul in the Bible who was a politically minded person and he became a hateful person in his passion for what he thought was right. His passion led him into throwing people in prison for what they believed and even sentencing some to death. One day, however, Saul changed so drastically he had to change his name to Paul to reflect that difference. He even became the biggest proponent of the people he used to persecute! Do you know what changed him?
It wasn't laws or rules. It wasn't a vote in a popular election. Saul was changed into Paul because he met God. Just one encounter with Jesus changed Paul forever. The same can be true for you. God wants to take all of your hate, anger, aggression, sadness, pain, mistakes, and mess ups and exchange it for His joy and goodness. He came so we could be different.
So, have you met God?