Vote as a Christ-follower

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Church, Freedom, Presidential election, Vote

On November 6, our nation will hold a presidential election. As Christ-followers, Jesus has called us to live as salt and light in the world. The time has come for us to let our voices be heard and our votes be counted.

When you cast your ballot, you don’t vote according to your church’s or denomination’s directions. Your church or denomination cannot tell its members how to vote. However, you should vote according to your values, beliefs, and convictions as you have become informed through the scriptures. This means when a political party’s platform stands in opposition to biblical truth, then that party should not receive your vote as a Christian.

Our nation has seemingly lost her way. We have drifted far away from our moorings as a people who came to this continent to practice our beliefs freely. Spiritually, our nation has marginalized the Bible. We have trivialized marriage by diminishing it when heterosexual couples live together. Some states have depreciated marriage further by permitting same-sex couples to enter into so-called marriage unions. Such practices stand in stark contrast to the teachings of the Word. Our culture has neutralized the church’s influence because we have accepted lies as the truth concerning God-given roles. America today faces a time of upheaval and turmoil. It feels like the soul of our nation has been taken from us.

No doubt, as Christ-followers, you are fully aware of the precarious situation in which we find ourselves: economically, spiritually and politically. Regrettably, we feel rather powerless to do anything about it.

However, we are not helpless. We can come humbly before God to seek His face and pray. Remember, the prayer of the righteous accomplishes much (see James 5:16). And we can vote. I believe we have an obligation to vote because we are Americans and many have paid the ultimate price in order to ensure our freedoms, one of which is to vote in free elections. In the last election, less than half of those who were eligible to vote had even bothered to vote, and only about half of those registered to vote actually voted. People have told me that they do not vote because one vote will not matter. Maybe not, but to stand by idly while ungodly men lead our nation in ungodly ways which will ultimately lead to complete disaster is unconscionable.

Billy Graham, in a national advertising campaign launched Oct. 18, called on Americans to “vote for biblical values” as they cast ballots in the upcoming election. A full-page ad in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal and Friday’s USA Today featured the evangelist’s picture beside a block of text stating:

“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.

“I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”

Please vote on or before November 6. But more importantly, pray for God’s people to humble themselves in repentance and turn from their wickedness. Oh, how we need a spiritual awakening!

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