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When Casting Our Votes
11/3/2015

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)

Every four years we are given the opportunity to vote for who we would like to lead our country as our President.  It is a privilege we have been afforded by many brave men and women who have fought to secure our right to freely choose.  But as important as this voting privilege is, there is one far more significant—it is the vote we will cast as to whether we will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

We are already preparing to cast our vote for the 2016 Presidential Election, and as a country we will select the next person who will lead us.  One common thing that seems to be apparent is that our country will be split again on who it believes will be best to serve as our leader.  Another thing that seems to be consistent is the angry words and emails that are already beginning to make their way across the nation through social networking forums and computers. 

I believe as Christian men and women we need to strongly guard ourselves against any of this bantering or participating in sending these types of emails, and we must seek to keep our tongues from participating in any grumbling or slanderous conversations about the officials who will eventually be elected.  Don’t get me wrong, we can be tempted to be furious about who might get elected but we must remember this biblical truth given to us in Romans 13:1.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Romans 13:1 (NKJV)

Not to mention, when we choose (vote) to participate in this type of activity we are telling the world that we really don’t have much hope in what we claim to believe as followers of Jesus Christ, and we begin to lose our Christian witness.

We are told, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12), and if our hope is limited to who will hold office then we will continually be riding a roller coaster of emotions resulting in our being sick and depressed. As Christians we should be joyous, and filled with hope, regardless of who gets into office.  We can do this because we know God is ultimately in control.  We must remember, when we cast our vote in favor of accepting Jesus as our Lord we were asking Him to lead and direct us in making our decisions.  We voted to follow Him because we believe in who He is, and what He has done for us. 

No vote for any presidential candidate can ever match what we have been offered in Christ, and no president will ever save this country—it is only God who can save us, but we must still cast our votes when given the opportunity.   We must remember we don’t just vote once every few years, we actually vote with every decision and action we choose.  Our actions will ultimately show others who we have faith in, and whom we really serve.  Let’s be careful when casting our votes.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 13:1, what can we learn about our governing authorities?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to place your hope in God and stay focused on what He has asked of you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to keep from getting caught up in all the political bantering, but instead share the hope of Jesus with every negative comment or email we receive. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, we thank You that I can live in a country where we are able to choose freely.  Father, I know You are in control and that You have a perfect plan—one that cannot be thwarted by man, nor is Your arm so short that You cannot save.  I place my faith in You today to lead us as Your people, and I pray for those who have been elected—that they may have their eyes opened to Your truth and be drawn unto You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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