For the past couple of weeks, our South Carolina home has felt like ground zero of the U.S. presidential race. One day, I stayed home to get some writing done, and the phone rang at least once an hour with a message from a candidate or another survey to find out for whom we would be casting our ballot.

The enthusiasm that political volunteers show for their favorite candidate stands in sharp contrast with the non-excitement too many of our church members show in inviting friends and neighbors to visit their churches. The people who covers their cars in bumper stickers for Marco, The Donald or Bernie all too often will fail to tell their neighbors about the congregations with whom they worship.

Maybe this election year is a good time to encourage our folks to show as much enthusiasm for their churches as they do for their candidates. After all, they’ll only have that candidate for four or eight years; they’ll be a part of God’s family for a long, long time!

Let’s remind people that we “Vote Jesus” with our every action and every word. Unlike the politicians, He always keeps His promises.

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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