Over the past few weeks, the pastors at my church have been doing a sermon series called “Common Grounds.” The inspiration for this series came from Starbucks coffee cups. (I kid you not-think this series caught my attention?) It’s been a really interesting sermon series and they center each sermon around a quote found on one of the cups. Here’s today’s quote:

“You can’t lead the people, if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people.”
~Cornel West (Professor of Religion at Princeton University)

I’m not exactly sure just yet why this quote and sermon spoke to me so much. Perhaps it’s the bit about serving, and remembering that God put his Son here on the earth “not to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). Or, more likely, it’s because of the time I’ve spent in Guatemala with The Servant’s Heart.

This got me thinking about how this quote could be applied to the presidential race. Are we going to elect someone who LOVES the people? Someone who SERVES the people? Or are we going to elect someone who wants to LEAD and/or SAVE the people?

I’m not talking about any specific politician here… I just want to encourage you all to think about this as you make the decision of who to vote for this November.

Consider this your public service announcement. 😉

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  1. holly on September 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Good quote, and good correlation. I think this is why my choice in this election stands out to me. Never, have I ever seen a nominee work so hard in the community. I get daily emails and updates. I see new ideas and plans put into action by him – and they all involve the bottom. US. Not that I’m a bottom person, but really, that’s what it means. It means, getting everyone involved so we can all have “some” part in what our country should be doing and how it should be run. I got a message the other day about a site for my candidate where we can leave input on what we think, ideas, etc. I believe my candidate choice reads these things. I believe he cares. How else can you spend thousands of dollars on an education, but go right into community work without it not being for the people? Just sayin’ is all!

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