If God would have painted a yellow stripe on the backs of the elect I would go around lifting shirts. But since He didn’t I must preach `whosoever will’ and when `whosoever’ believes I know he is one of the elect. -Charles Spurgeon
Oldtruth has a good J.M. Boice excerpt on why election should not be ignored. Boice was the late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. This doctrine is perhaps best handled by pastors, because when people go wrong considering it, it tends to become a theoretical pursuit. Even worse is when the discussion launches anxious speculation into the hidden counsels of God (i.e. Who has the yellow stripe?). We shouldn’t ignore election due to its difficulties or come up with lame interpretations reducing it to mere foreknowledge, because Scripture teaches otherwise and does so consistently. However, the doctrine is not raised in Scripture to encourage ivory tower speculation, but instead for the reasons mentioned in Boice’s article (I’d add that election also encourages us in our sanctification– God’s trees bear fruit).