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8:00 AM  &  10:30 AM 
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Lebanon, Mo 65536
Phone: (417) 532 - 2717

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

The Church Is One Foundation
Steven Anderson (101 Classic Piano Hymns Vol 1)

Pastor's Message

November 2016


Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,

I have some good news and some bad news for you.  The good news is that the election will soon be over!  The bad news is that one of the candidates will be President.  Okay, I know some of you feel your candidate is awesome.  Others of us aren’t so fortunate as to have strong positive feelings about any candidate. 

So what do you do, if like me, you don’t believe any of the candidates should be President?  Perhaps you have a different issue -- what if you are just so disgusted at the election this year you are fed-up and turned off by politics?   Do you vote? 

I’ll admit that there was a time I was seriously considering not voting for President at all.  If you don’t want to vote you certainly have that right to abstain and you should have that right.   Back in 2014 there were actually 22 countries that had mandatory voting (PBS News Hour, 3 Nov 2014).  I believe in freedom, but does wisdom and sanctified common sense lead us in any direction?

I found what Pr. Shreckhise wrote to his family an interesting take:


“I know that you are probably sick of politics.  I know that I am.  However, I wanted to encourage you not to fail in your Christian responsibility to vote in the upcoming elections.  Why Christian responsibility?  As Christians we are responsible before God to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.  (Luke 20:25  Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.)  In a republic we are each responsible for the government not just for paying taxes.  The government is us.  We ask by our vote for others to do that for which we are responsible, ultimately, and for that which we see as just and right.  We vote to elect the best candidates who will do the best for the republic. Sometimes, more often than I wish, it is more voting for the candidate who will do the LEAST harm. This is the case this year.”


That is where I am on this election.  I am not so much voting for President as I am voting against a candidate.  I feel that is my small contribution to my country.  I weighed the candidates as best I can and determined 7 reasons why one is a danger to the nation I love.  I will vote against that candidate.  Would I rather have a different slate?  Yes.  None-the-less, my vote can still be a small contribution by voting against what I believe is the greater evil.


                       Pastor Dave