Jim Denison on Alex Trebek’s Death and Joe Biden’s Election: Five Words That Are Changing the World

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures during his election rally in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020, after news media declared he won the presidential election. (CNS photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool via Reuters)

Legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died yesterday at the age of eighty after a battle with cancer. His life story was part of his appeal: his father was a hotel cook who emigrated to Canada from Ukraine. Trebek graduated from college with a philosophy degree and worked as a newscaster before beginning his career in game shows in 1973.

In his autobiography, The Answer Is . . . Reflections on My Life, Trebek stated his life motto: “A good education and a kind heart will serve you well throughout your entire life.”

Let’s apply the latter to the story dominating the news: Numerous media outlets declared Saturday that Joe Biden has won the White House. President Trump’s team has filed numerous legal challenges.

Whatever our position on the election, I believe God has two messages of encouragement for us today. Both are calls to a “kind heart” based on five words that continue to change the world.

A message for all Americans 

I walked yesterday in a cemetery in our neighborhood, where I found myself standing at the graves of a father and the son who bore his name. The father fought for the Confederate Army; his son fought for the United States in World War I. Their stories are the story of American democracy.

Presidential elections have been passionately contested since the first contested election in 1796, but each time, our democracy held. The United States has fought twelve major wars across our history, but each time (with one exception, as we will see), our democracy held.

America has survived pandemics, depressions, recessions, and presidential assassinations. We have seen rioting in our streets and terror attacks on our cities. And yet, each time, our democracy held.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison