Some of you may be asking – Vote together? We hardly do anything together any more. Why on earth would we vote together? I’m glad you asked. Let me explain why we should vote together and take our kids with us. I know some will say that we should not mix church and state. If you believe that then how on earth do you separate your Christian walk from your everyday life? We cannot do that, it is impossible. We cannot be part time Christians – In Revelation 3:16 Jesus told the church in Laodicea, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” We must take a stand.
Back to being the example for our kids, think on these points:
1. Who else will show them how the voting process works?
2. We have a choice, our vote, in who we want to lead us and our children. We must be the leader and show our kids how to properly choose Christian leaders.
3. As parents it is our God given duty to raise them up in His ways.
God created government to protect our freedoms so we can spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. By hearing God’s word and praying for our country, we can lead a quiet and peaceable life which will enable us to spread the gospel.
1Timothy 2:1-2 states: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Satan is working through our government, government agencies, the ACLU, atheists, secular humanism, etc. to stop Christians from spreading the gospel by either limiting or eliminating our liberties.
How can we stop this?
1. Spread the gospel
2. Pray for our leaders to lead with a Christian example.
3. Register ourselves, our kids and our church to vote. It is legal to hand out voter registration cards at church.
4. Hand out Christian Voter Guides at church and to your friends and family. Yes, this is legal also.
5. Vote our Christian convictions
Christian voting patterns from 1992 – 2000 were dismal to say the least. There was a 40% decrease in Christians who voted. In the 2002 election, following the dramatic drop in 1992-2000, national evangelical leaders widely urged Christians to register, vote, and vote their values. The national efforts showed a 2% increase in Christian voter turnout which resulted in dramatic improvements. We, as Christians, are to shape and transform culture. Our light is to shine before others so that they may see our good works and give glory to God. Christians are to be transformers of society, salt of the earth and the light of the world. God does not want us to just get saved and then sit on a pew, sing our bless me songs and not be engaged in this world.
Nationwide, approximately one-half of Christians who are eligible to vote are registered. Only one-half of registered Christians actually vote. This means only 25% of eligible Christians actually vote. If that number was increased by only 10%, Christians would be elected to virtually every office in America.
It is not only our duty, but our honor to vote and to vote for Christians. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Well then, do we want to rejoice or do we want to mourn? It is our choice.
As citizens of earth, as well as of heaven, we cannot complain about the political leaders we have, or the decisions they make, unless we are willing to elect men and women of integrity who support policies that restrain evil and reinforce goodness. For Christians to make a difference in this world, as salt and light, they need to be involved in the political process, both by voting and by encouraging qualified men and women to enter the vocation of politics.
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Our calling in this world is not to wait for the perfect candidate to be placed on the ticket, but to pick our way through the thicket of flaws we find in a Genesis 3 world by walking in wisdom and voting for imperfect candidates who best reflect a biblical worldview.
Political decisions affect every aspect of our lives from taxation to issues such as stem-cell research, abortion, marriage, the family, war and economic policies. God has commanded us to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find welfare” (Jer. 29:7).
The apostle Paul writes: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
Praying for the welfare of our city and for our leaders is being involved in politics. If Christians would spend more time praying to our Father in heaven with broken hearts rather than murmuring and criticizing our political leaders while failing to pray for them, we could see God transform this nation.
We, as Christians are to be a positive, godly influence in their communities. When you walk into the voting booth, the kingdom of God will not be on the ballot. However, there will be electoral choices that significantly impact the common good. And your choices are important. May you enter the voting booth and make your selections for the glory of God and the good of your fellow man.
Father, give us leaders after Your heart! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; leaders whom the lust of office does not kill; leaders whom the spoils of office cannot buy; leaders who possess your opinions and will; leaders who have honor; leaders who will not lie; leaders who does not use false claims and promises in order to gain power, and can withstand the treacherous flatteries without winking!
Father, give us Christian leaders who are not afraid to stand up for you. Leaders who will do the right thing when the wrong thing will benefit them. We thank You that we live in a Christian nation.
Father, we thank you that we and our leaders have your supernatural wisdom and the ability to make the right decisions every time. Father, you said the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, so we thank you that you are guiding our steps and our leaders’ steps.
Father, I thank you that our leaders are strong in the power of Your might and well able to do what you have called them to do. You tell us in Micah 4:5 that “All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.” Lord, we thank you that we walk in Your name.
In Isaiah 33:22 you tell us that “You are our judge, our lawgiver, our king and only You can save us.” Help us to always seek you when we enter the voting booth to elect Christian leaders and help us to encourage those who we elect.
Father I pray for our government officials to recognize Your authority and rely on You for wisdom, for our country to stand strong on the principles of our Judeo-Christian, and that our leaders will make wise decisions rather than succumbing to special interest groups.
Father I pray Isaiah 1:26 over our leaders. You said, “I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.”
We pray this in Jesus’ name.