Last month I had the privilege of attending the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, put on by the Family Research Council. A wide variety of topics were covered: the importance of voting, abortion, marriage, the roll of the family in politics, the roll of the church in politics, immigration, guns, religious liberty and many, many more! My hope today is to do a short recap on the importance of voting and encourage all Christians to vote next month!
Voting is often looked upon as a “right” that I can choose to exercise or not exercise. However, when you look at voting in this way it creates an attitude of, “This is my vote and I can cast it however I want.” Voting is actually a God-given duty. When you see your vote in this way, it creates an attitude of, “This is my God-given responsibility and I need to vote the way HE wants.”
In the 2012 election, 38 million Christians stayed home and did not go vote. President Obama won that election by only 126 votes. Many elections could have ended differently if Christians had voted. I know that no candidate is perfect but America wouldn’t be in the state she is in if Christians went to the polls. Regardless of your views on the presidential race, this definitely applies to the state level as well!
Of course, there are certain things we should look for in a candidate. Proverbs 14:34 tells us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.” It is important to look for a righteous candidate. George Washington once said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
One significant thing this election year is Supreme Court justices. Conservatives took an immense hit when Justice Scalia passed away earlier this year. Our next president will most likely appoint 4 new Supreme Court justices. It is crucial that we elect a president who will appoint justices that will uphold the foundations and laws America was founded on.
The people of America are ready for transformation not change. Change is temporary but transformation is permanent. If you want to transform the country live your values unabashedly and without compromise. When you vote, don’t compromise what you believe in.
We have a powerful opportunity to transform our country right now. Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” America is in a battle from within right now. We are destroying ourselves, as our freedoms are being taken, one by one, and we sit back and do nothing. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is act.” It is time for Americans to wake up and DO something. On election day your vote is your voice (remember, this applies to ALL elections – national, state, and local). As I stated earlier it your God-given duty to share HIS voice. America can only be won back when Christians are willing to take a stand and fight, no matter the cost. A Civil War soldier is quoted to have said, “When we were tired and worn out we stayed in the field and we felt proud later.” Why were they proud? Because even when things were difficult they didn’t quit and they won the battle. We can win the battle, too, because God is on our side. We just need to stand up and be willing to fight.
Before you go to the polls on November 8, I would like to encourage you to start to praying. Ask the Lord to guide you on who to vote for this election, pray for the candidates running for office, and pray for those already in office. Senator James Lankford said, “Pray more than you complain.” I know a lot of us complain about our legislators or the candidates, let’s pray for them instead. God is a powerful God who can transform their hearts. There is a National day of prayer and fasting for our country on November 7. I would like to ask all of you to join in this and pray earnestly for our nation.
Remember: don’t compromise, pray earnestly, and use your vote, your God-given duty, for His glory!