Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Importance of Christians Voting

This year is not the time to neglect to let your voice be known in the election before us. Despite the antics of both Republican and Democratic candidates, The outcome of this election may usher in a whole new world that none of us are ready for.
In his new book, Is This The End?, Dr. David Jeremiah reminds all Christians that to not vote is to let for forces of evil win and likely initiate the destruction of our country!
I fear the real reason so many Americans and evangelicals do not vote is simple apathy. Yet those non-voters are often the most vocal and critical when elected officials fail to meet their expectations.
The Bible tells us Christians that we are to be salt and light in the world. The time has come for us to let our voices be heard and our votes counted. But make them count responsibly:
        Don't vote your geographical location.
        Don't vote your religious denomination.
        Don't vote your political affiliation.
        Don't vote racial identification.
        Don't even vote your union obligation.
Instead, vote your values. Vote your beliefs. Vote your convictions. If candidates want your vote, let them earn it the old-fashioned way. Let them make commitments to your values, and let them know you intend to hold them responsible. It is my responsibility and yours to participate in the process. If we do not act soon, it may be too late. Let these words of Martin Niemoller, a pastor who lived during the Nazi regime in Germany, cement in your heart and mind the importance of your involvement:
They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade union­ists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
I recommend using Dr. Jeremiah’s guidance and vote. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14. Seek God, and place your trust in Him to guide you as you vote.
Excerpt from Is This The End? by Dr. David Jeremiah, pp 113-114