25 June 2012

Don't vote it don't count for nothing...

Don't Vote, It Doesn't Count Anyway
“Well, the answer isn't clear, but in 90% of the races today, the differences between candidates are only semantic, not real. In general, the end result in City Hall and State Capitols will be the same. So why bother to vote?” – Mac MacArthur, political journalist
I disagree with this claim. In the Song of Solomon 2:15 it says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, which spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Foxes sometimes in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things we do or allow that we might think are little or insignificant can also be disastrous for us. Not voting would allow the roots of our vines to be eaten.
In Matthew 22, Jesus said render to Caesar what is Caesar’s in talking about paying taxes Caesar was the Roman emperor at that time, so Jesus was telling them they were to pay their taxes, as well as support the work of God. These scriptures tell us as Christians that we are to be good citizens and pay our taxes as well. As good citizens in our government structure, we should not leave the operation of the government to ungodly men. How can we prevent that? One way is to use our one vote wisely. We will be accountable before God as to how we voted. Another issue will be did we spend the time in study and prayer so that we could vote wisely for the proper candidates, as well as the right issues?
As Christians we should consider how the candidates stand on the issues and not get caught in the trap of voting strictly along party lines. Check voting records and see which candidates most closely follow Biblical standards. Some Christians just vote the Democratic or the Republican ticket because their parents voted that way. We should vote for the best man or woman for the job. They should not only be qualified for the job but should be moral people with good character traits. Voting for someone just because they tell us certain things that sound good is not the way to vote.
If we have complaints about those in leadership that are immoral and the new laws that have been passed that are offensive and anti-Biblical; we might lay the complaint at the steps of the church. However, what about our responsibility as good citizens? Are you registered to vote? Will you take the time to study the voting records and lifestyles of candidates? Which candidates most closely follow Bible standards? Will you set apart some time to pray about who would make the best leader? Will you take time to study the propositions? How will voting "for" or "against" an issue affect God's plans for humanity?  
If you don't vote in reality you have voted, but you can let your voice be heard.  More importantly when we do vote we've got to pray. Pray for the right candidate to vote for, pray for conviction to come upon those who have been given authority.  They have a high calling on their lives and it's when they forget where that power comes from when troubles arise.
Get out there y'all and get ready ... We must vote!