Thursday, October 18, 2012

Should Christians vote?

     Tuesday night after the Presidential debate, I saw some comments on internet sites from Christians. Some alluded to the idea that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics. So, my goal is to find scripture and everyday language that helps to bring light to this issue from a Godly perspective.
     Christians are called to obey rulers “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” Romans 13. Does that mean God always agrees with what our leaders are doing? ABSOLUTELY NOT! That is the beauty of America! We the people are the rulers and we have been granted the opportunity to chose those that go to DC to help lead. Don’t take this lightly. We are told to be stewards of what God has given us. Thus, it is our job to make sure that the people we allow into authority are God honoring and that they respect the faith of our founding fathers by walking daily with our heavenly father.We need to be the best stewards we can be. God has given us this country and we should run it with eternity in mind.
     I’m married now and in the near future I expect to add to our family. It makes me nervous to bring kids into a world where the “6 things the Lord hates,” from Proverbs 6, are all taking place and even becoming a complete normalcy. Thankfully, in our country, we have the authority to choose who leads us and who makes the laws that we are required to abide by. For example, in the Presidential election I have the opportunity to choose a man who is openly in favor of homosexual marriage, abortion, the breaking of laws and has an undeniable past that shows support for faiths that seek to destroy Christianity, or I can choose His opponent. In his book Vital Truth: Christian Citizenship Jeffrey L. Meyers points out “Christian values contribute positively to society. The Bible’s solutions make sense. It is Christian involvement in government through the ages that gave us hospitals, civil liberties, abolition of slavery, modern science, the elevation of women, regard for human life, great works of art and literature, a workable system of justice, education for common people, the free-enterprise system, and much, much more. When we see the good that results from applying God's principles, and the horror that results from rejecting them, doesn't it seem cruel and irresponsible to keep Jesus teachings about truth, love and compassion to ourselves? At very least, we should vote to keep OUT of office those who attempt to oppose God's authority.” By not registering to vote, and actually voting, I am declining my right to impact my country’s future for my family and their descendants. It is my responsibility to take action and to do my part to fight this spiritual battle. We have to remember Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We are part of God’s great chess game, we are the pawns AND we are the prize. (For those of you who weren’t in chess club, pawns are the soldiers in the game ;) ). It is my responsibility, because I have God-given freedoms, to preserve our Christian nation by going out and voting.
     Finally, we have to share our message. No matter your political belief, you have to have a valid reason. Like Paul said, we must always be ready with an answer. People will challenge your ideas and the stands you take, so do the homework needed. There will undoubtedly be times when you don’t know the answer, just admit that and take time to look it up. A verse that gives me daily encouragement is from Acts 18 Jesus tells Paul "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." Be strong and take a courageous stand Christians! The future of our God-blessed nation is at a turning point and it is in our hands!

2 comments:

  1. Trinity, may I also recommend the book "Jesus IS Involved in Politics" by Neil Mammen, who is an immigrant who loves America.

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  2. Mas bueno, Pudley

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