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The nation voted last Tuesday, and Barack Obama will serve as our President for another four years. While just barely half of the electorate agree with this choice, in the mysterious providence of God has decided that he should win re-election. Remember, according to Romans 13, no authority exists except from God and anyone who resists that authority resists God.

How, then, should we respond? First, we should pray for the President and all those who serve in positions of authority. According to 1 Timothy 2, we should do so in order “…that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-5). Make note of that last phrase! So let’s ask God to bless our President. Pray that God will give him wisdom and health. We can pray that God would give him success on his good ideas and change his mind on his bad ones.

Second, must face the reality that “we don’t live in a Mayberry world” anymore. We could whine and complain about that; however, we will not reflect the light of gospel that way. I don’t believe that we should abandon our participating in the legal and political processes; yet, we may need to come to grips with what it means to be the church in an increasingly post-Christian era. And while we can expect further incursions into our constitutional liberties, so we should ready ourselves to defend our freedoms.

Third, we must remain vigilant in the rights of unborn children. In Psalm 139, David said concerning God, “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” So while we agree that we should support and pray for our President, we must respectfully disagree his political party’s position on abortion. We must continue to fight for life through education, ministering to women, and promoting orphan care.

Fourth, we must show respect and live as law-abiding citizens. We don’t need to go blathering with a faux outrage about how horrible things like so many pundits so often do. We need to remember that “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). Unlike those who see this life (and politics!) as singularly important, we see behind everything that occurs God’s sovereignty on display.

Here’s the bottom line: For those of us who believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, nothing has changed. The gospel has not changed. We still serve Him who has declared victory over sin and death. However, our mandate does not concern getting someone elected as President. Our mandate is to advance the Kingdom has already prevailed. No matter who sits in the positions of authority on earth, King Jesus still reigns and will reign forever and ever.

Because of Jesus,
Ken Schroeder

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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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