Yard Signs

by DanWolgemuth on November 7, 2014

Ballots have been counted and recounted. Polling locations have turned out the lights. Radio and television space has been vacated. The election is over.

And yet, littered across the landscape, the yard signs remain. Candidates who just a week ago were in the thick of the race, don’t have the motivation or work force to remove what seemed so functionally important only a short while ago.

The outcome has been determined, but the signs of the past persist.

In the aftermath of November 4th, a lesson. An important lesson.

The journey of life mirrors the election reality. The followers of Jesus, the Christ, have endorsed the outcome; the ultimate outcome. Sins forgiven. Unconditional grace embraced. Ransom paid. A new creation.

 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

But the yard signs remain. Ugly. Irrelevant. Yet present. Persistent.

The evil one is in no hurry to remove them; even with the election secure. He points us to the past; to the shame; to the grief; to the self-destruction; to the addiction; to the brokenness of hopelessness.

The signs are powerless to undo what our Savior has done; but they discourage and deny. They inhibit our ability to live in the freedom that has been won.

Unrelenting in his condemnation, the enemy persists. He is not uncertain of the outcome, but he is committed to destroying the celebration. His reminders are powerless, unless we give them a place.

The outcome is certain. Ignore the yard signs. Their candidate loses.

Until one day; until that day.

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