Reasons Why Christians Should Vote
Here's more sobering news: Many believers fail to consider their biblical values when voting, often choosing candidates whose positions are at odds with their own beliefs, convictions, and values. A study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans say their faith has little to do with their voting decisions.
The Ministry of Voting That's right. Your vote can be a form of ministry. After all, when you vote, you are directly and
indirectly impacting people's lives. By the people you select and the ballot measures you support, you are making a practical difference - for good and bad - in the lives of:
Election Day is coming soon - what does the Bible say to Christians about this matter? Some brethren think the pulpit is no place to discuss political questions or voting etc.,however, the Bible touches upon this subject a good deal more than we might think. Some say that religion and politics don't mix, but you'll never read that in the Bible. The prophets didn't know that. Jesus didn't know that. Neither did Paul. All of them registered their religious views with the government powers of their day.
As elections approach, here are some Biblical principles for Christian voters:
PRAY! Paul urges us that "... prayers... be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." We are to pray for leaders of a certain kind, for those who will allow us to live like God want us to live. We are to pray for leaders who will promote God's kind of morality.
Nothing is clearer from a study of the scriptures than the fact that historically God raises up leaders and deposes them according to his pleasure and according to their own morality. "He sets up kings and deposes them." (Daniel 2:21) And nothing is clearer from scripture than that God listens especially to the prayers of his children and grants their requests whenever they can be reconciled with his will. God listens to the prayers of even one of his children. Imagine what he does when the same prayer goes up from thousands of churches throughout our country.
Imagine if God hears prayers rising from the hearts of millions of Christians asking him to help us elect moral and godly leaders! What would be the impact of that?
VOTE! From a Biblical point-of-view, here's why. Jesus says, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's" that is, give to government what it requires (as long it is not in violation of God's will).
What does our government require from her citizens? We live in a republic whose form of government requires the involvement of its citizens for its success. So part of our Christian obligation to Caesar as citizens of the USA is that we participate in the political process, at least by voting for the candidates we think will be best for our country. We should vote because it it part of our civic responsibility to Caesar.
We ought to vote because the Christian voice is actually the most valuable voice for the preservation of our country. Jesus says to his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world." It is we Christians who especially act as salt to our culture, preserving it from rot and decay.
John Adams, one of the signers of the Consitution and one of our early Presidents, wrote, "We have no government armed in power capable of contending with humans passions unbridled by morality and religion...Our consitution was made only for a moral and religious people." (quote from Kingdoms in Conflict by Charles Colson, p. 120)
"In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then, they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then, they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then, they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up." (Martin Niemoller)
CHOOSE WISELY. It is certainly true that our leaders are to some extent a reflection of the people. But it is also true that the people oftentimes become a reflection of their leaders! Remember King Ahab, arguably the worst king in the history of Israel. The Bible says that Ahab "provoked me (God) to anger and caused Israel to sin." (1 Kings 21:20-22)
Make no mistake, whoever we choose as our leaders will have a dramatic impact and influence on the country as a whole.
So Christians must choose wisely, leaders of a certain kind:
And that's only the beginning.
- unborn children (abortion policy)
- impressionable youth (pornography laws &
- husbands & wives (marriage & divorce laws)
- hurting souls (religious freedom laws)
So this election
year, prayerfully resolve to:
1. Be registered
2. Be informed
3. Vote your values
An urban legend is one of those stories that makes the rounds and develops a life of its own, even though it really isn't true. There are a number of them that pop up from time to time on one side of the abortion debate or the other — and sometimes both. Here's the real deal about a number of false statements:
ABORTION IS NECESSARY IN CASES OF RAPE OR INCEST
Rape and incest are crimes, and those who commit them should be punished. But why do even some pro-life people say a death sentence
should be imposed on the culprit's child? Any child in the womb, regardless of how life began, is the most innocent of human bings. It is simply unthinkable to condemn this innocent person to death. Yes, mothers who became pregnant through rape need a lot of care and attention. Killing the child doesn't solve their problem. It only makes it worse. The baby may be "that monster's child," but he is also the mother's child. And God's.
ABORTION IS NECESSARY IN CASES OF FETAL DEFORMITY
This isn't like sending your meal back at the restaurant because it wasn't prepared to your liking. The child is a human being. The arguments about "quality of life," or "the baby was going to die anyway" are meaningless. Each human being has dignity. The idea of a wholesale attack on the disabled in the womb is chilling, denying the right to life to an entire class of people.
ABORTION IS NECESSARY TO SAVE THE MOTHER'S LIFE
Many doctors will quickly tell you this is not true; that there is never a case in which it is necessary to kill the baby to save the mother. There are ways of saving both patients. Proper treatment of an ectopic pregnancy is not considered a "procured abortion." Although the baby is unlikely to survive the treatment, there is no intent to take the child's life.
The 10 Commandments
Christian 10 Commandments
The Ten Commandments of Exodus
The Ten Commandments Deuteronomy 5 List by Moses
After the Exodus from Egypt, the Children of Israel were given the Ten Commandments. In Egypt, scholars did the Septuagint translation.
The Ten Commandments and the Septuagint
The Ten Commandments
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