Welcome back friends! Since September, Sunday afternoons have been a time to focus on nations united in prayer. I suspect there would be little argument that Israel and America have a special bond. Though some may disagree, I believe that bond is rooted in the deep soil of Judeo-Chritian values planted by the Jewish Messiah we know as Jesus. Our nations are united in a way that no earthly force can destroy.
So, back in September, we began to pray for Israel and America, and world events that impact them both. Nothing impacts them any more than the American elections that will climax on Election Night just two days away. Here’s the truth of the matter: what happens in this election impacts the entire world.
As part of our prayer effort, over the past 4 weeks, we have examined four duties of Christian citizens. We are to honor God by:
- Registering to vote
- Praying for our nation, leaders and voters
- Being informed before we vote
- Helping to elect Godly people
It is now “go time!” Day after tomorrow, if you have not already done so, it is time to honor God by VOTING!
Voting is our God-given duty. Proverbs 29:16 says, When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes. America will bear consequences…good or bad…of choices made by our leadership, and we elect them! If we choose wrongly, 1 Samuel 8:18 warns:
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.
That’s a strong warning, and we are wise to heed it. Thus, let me point out two important things to help us choose the right leader:
First, it is estimated that 40 MILLION Christians neglected their duty to vote in 2016. Thankfully, God graced us with an administration who, though imperfect, has been more pro-life, pro-family, pro-Israel and pro-law & order than any other administration in our lifetime. Without each of our votes, that may not be the case this time.
Secondly, though the personalities and character of both presidential candidates are highly tarnished and even abrassive and obnoxious, we simply must come to the realization we are not electing a prom king (most popular), an altar boy (most innocent) or a pastor (most respectful). I join millions of Christians who wish we had a more perfect candidate in whom to cast our support. But we don’t.
What we DO have, though, is the good sense to examine what each party stands for, then vote for the party that aligns with the principles of God’s Word. One cannot love (or condone) that which God hates, or hate that which God loves, and still call one’s self a Christ follower.
Jesus said, The one who is not with Me is against Me; and the one who does not gather with Me scatters. (Matthew 12:30)
- Jesus is FOR the life of the unborn
- Jesus is FOR the core family (ie – marriage = one man, one woman; He created us male and female, and we don’t get to choose; etc)
- Jesus is FOR appropriate exercise of authority and grants it appropriately (ie – law and order)
- Jesus is FOR religious freedoms…He died so that we might be free, and He exhorts us to gather together, to make disciples, and love one another
- Jesus is FOR Israel…He was Jewish, after all
One party (Republican) includes those principles in their party platform, the other party (Democratic) espouses the exact opposite. The contrasts in parties could not be more diametrically opposed than they are this year. BTW – the Republican party has seeded an extraordinary number of born-again, spirit-filled believers in the Trump administration. Look beyond the President!
So, I’m making a final plea to every American reading this post: please honor God by voting…and by voting in agreement with HIS values. God will still be on the throne, no matter who wins the election. However, WE have a voice in determining whether or not we enjoy the privilege of exercising our religious freedoms.
If you have not yet voted…please do so. If you have, go get your family, friends and co-workers and take them to the polls! Every vote counts, and God is honored when we do!