The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ~ Plato
“Then pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21 NASB). ~ Jesus
Christians are part of two kingdoms. We live in the world and are citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20). As good citizens of the world, we engage in our world, earn a living, submit to our government, and pay taxes. As citizens of heaven, we submit to our Lord and serve as His ambassadors to a broken world.
Being a citizen of heaven doesn’t relieve us of our national duties, including our responsibility to vote. I believe our relationship with the Lord necessitates it.Being a citizen of heaven doesn’t relieve us of our national duties, including our responsibility to #vote. #Election2022 Click To Tweet
The early church didn’t have the privilege to vote. But Paul used his Roman citizenship to his advantage to protect the preaching of the gospel (Acts 22:22-29). He told those who were slaves to get free if they could. If the early church had had the privilege to vote to deliver their fellow believers from slavery, don’t you think they would have?
Personal Godliness Matters
Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Pro. 14:34 NLT).
Private lifestyles affect public well-being. In the book of Judges, everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Removing moral guardrails led to national disaster and individual suffering. While sin spreads like a stomach virus, we must teach moral health habits. Yet many in our educational, political, and entertainment industries mock self-control and promote immorality and self-indulgence.
History shows that when people shun God and pursue sin, God allows them to reap the natural consequences of their choices. His judgment is to give them what they want which leads to deeper depravity, confusion, and hopelessness (Rom. 1:18-32).
Leave the Children Alone
But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matt. 19:14 NASB).
Our culture has gone after our children. Leaders affect how our children are valued and treated. They influence our laws, select judges, and direct the educational systems that directly impact them.
- Some encourage children to explore different gender identities.
- Some prestigious medical centers support gender affirming care (irreversible transgender surgeries) for youth—a lucrative process that necessitates multiple surgeries and lifelong hormone treatment. After being publicly exposed Vanderbilt put this on pause and Boston Children’s Hospital took down their promotional ad. Here’s another link on Vanderbilt.
- In some areas of our country more black babies are killed in the womb than are born.
Inspect the Fruit Before You Vote
Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions” (Matt. 7:15-20 NLT).
Don’t be taken in by sweet sounding slogans. I hope you know by now that BLM (Black Lives Matters), which collected millions of dollars, wasn’t about helping black lives or George Floyd’s family. They hid their indecent agenda under a slogan all decent people would embrace. Heed Jesus’s words and look behind the slogan to see what they do.
Pray and Vote
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:1-2 NLT).
Our leaders impact the quality of our lives. Look at history. Look at the areas in our nation that have the highest crime rates and most poverty and suffering. Note their leaders and the policies they promote.
May God help us know and value truth in every area, live righteously, honor Him, and respect one another. Tuesday, November 8 is election day. Please pray, ponder, and vote. Your participation matters.
Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Worse, our apathy can burn our children.The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. ~ Plato Tuesday, Nov. 8 is election day. Please #pray, ponder, and #vote. Your participation matters. Click To Tweet
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