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The Joshua Imperative Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

The Joshua Imperative

Open a Gideon Bible, or any Bible, and you’ll find some version of the Joshua ultimatum.

Three thousand years or so ago, give or take, Joshua asked his people to vote. “Choose this day,” he said.

A few days ago, Americans went to the polls to make a choice.

This is the first Sunday following the presidential election and we have a new president-elect. Congregations all over the country are gathering with a better understanding of what the next four years are going to look like. It’s been a historic election with a very real possibility that a woman might have been the nominee of a major party, that an African-American was nominated, that the oldest man to run for the office was nominated.

President-elect Obama or President-elect McCain. At press time, of course, the outcome was unknown. But now, whatever the outcome, it’s been a historic election on so many different levels.

Tomorrow, November 10, is also a significant day in history.

You may not have known that, but now you do.

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress created the United States...

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