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by: Steve Fawcett

09/24/2020

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In this highly charged election year, I want to encourage everyone to vote. As Americans, it is our privilege and responsibility to do so.  And in these crazy times, don’t let politics change your faith, let your faith change your politics. While both are important, your faith is infinitely more important because your faith will affect you for eternity, while politics are temporary and for a few years.           

   Some have asked: can you bring God into the voting booth. My quick answer is: Of course!  How could you not?  It would be completely impossible for me not to.  The atheists bring their particular belief system into the voting booth, the Marxists will look at things through their belief system, the Muslims will bring their beliefs into the voting booth, everyone does and it’s quite impossible for anyone not to.   So, yes, of course, you can let God guide your thinking and voting. The atheists don’t want you too, but they will, and so will we, gladly, boldly, unashamedly.

  This is not an exhaustive list but here is a biblical grid to help in making voting booth decisions.

   1.  Get informed.  Rom. 13:1-7   How can you vote if you don’t know what the result of your vote will be? Hear both sides. Learn to cut through all the hyperbole and propaganda and go to the primary sources to get your info.  Seek not to get your info from secondary sources, for they will have an agenda in place that will filter their comments.    

   2.  Remember the primacy of love.  Rom. 13:8-10.  Love is the most important ethic for a Christian.  So we can vote for what would be the most loving thing for all involved, not just what I want.   

   3. The Bible calls us to be reconcilers.  2 Cor. 5:18    We have been given the ministry of reconciliation; between God and people but also to help reconcile people, such as husbands and wives and people groups. 

   4.  Don’t forget God’s passion for true justice.  Amos 5:24    Our world has always been and still is filled with injustices of many kinds, anywhere there are people.  Let us seek for true justice that will help correct injustices for all people, not just for one person or one group.   

   5.  Seek grace and truth.  Jn. 1:14   These two beautiful items characterized Jesus, grace and truth. To have truth without grace, can be brutality; or to have grace without truth, can become mere sentimentality.   Let us be people marked by both: grace and truth.  

   6. Pray.  1 Tim. 2:1,2  Don’t forget to pray.   Pray for wisdom.  Pray for our politicians.  There are still many good men and women who are seeking to do good in a corrupt place and with huge pressures put on them.  

   7.  One more, compassion.  Rom. 14:4,5.    Even amongst friends, not everyone will see issues the same way.  That’s okay.  That actually is what’s needed, to have various ideas and solutions put forth on tricky problems.  Many people go crazy every 4 years in a presidential election and will get very violent, angry and scared.    As a Christian, there is no need for any of that. God always gets the last word, so we trust Him, we vote, some will run for office and we press on with our lives.  

In this highly charged election year, I want to encourage everyone to vote. As Americans, it is our privilege and responsibility to do so.  And in these crazy times, don’t let politics change your faith, let your faith change your politics. While both are important, your faith is infinitely more important because your faith will affect you for eternity, while politics are temporary and for a few years.           

   Some have asked: can you bring God into the voting booth. My quick answer is: Of course!  How could you not?  It would be completely impossible for me not to.  The atheists bring their particular belief system into the voting booth, the Marxists will look at things through their belief system, the Muslims will bring their beliefs into the voting booth, everyone does and it’s quite impossible for anyone not to.   So, yes, of course, you can let God guide your thinking and voting. The atheists don’t want you too, but they will, and so will we, gladly, boldly, unashamedly.

  This is not an exhaustive list but here is a biblical grid to help in making voting booth decisions.

   1.  Get informed.  Rom. 13:1-7   How can you vote if you don’t know what the result of your vote will be? Hear both sides. Learn to cut through all the hyperbole and propaganda and go to the primary sources to get your info.  Seek not to get your info from secondary sources, for they will have an agenda in place that will filter their comments.    

   2.  Remember the primacy of love.  Rom. 13:8-10.  Love is the most important ethic for a Christian.  So we can vote for what would be the most loving thing for all involved, not just what I want.   

   3. The Bible calls us to be reconcilers.  2 Cor. 5:18    We have been given the ministry of reconciliation; between God and people but also to help reconcile people, such as husbands and wives and people groups. 

   4.  Don’t forget God’s passion for true justice.  Amos 5:24    Our world has always been and still is filled with injustices of many kinds, anywhere there are people.  Let us seek for true justice that will help correct injustices for all people, not just for one person or one group.   

   5.  Seek grace and truth.  Jn. 1:14   These two beautiful items characterized Jesus, grace and truth. To have truth without grace, can be brutality; or to have grace without truth, can become mere sentimentality.   Let us be people marked by both: grace and truth.  

   6. Pray.  1 Tim. 2:1,2  Don’t forget to pray.   Pray for wisdom.  Pray for our politicians.  There are still many good men and women who are seeking to do good in a corrupt place and with huge pressures put on them.  

   7.  One more, compassion.  Rom. 14:4,5.    Even amongst friends, not everyone will see issues the same way.  That’s okay.  That actually is what’s needed, to have various ideas and solutions put forth on tricky problems.  Many people go crazy every 4 years in a presidential election and will get very violent, angry and scared.    As a Christian, there is no need for any of that. God always gets the last word, so we trust Him, we vote, some will run for office and we press on with our lives.  

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