“Should a Christian Vote, this Tuesday, November 8th?”

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Well, that depends on whether you want to obey the Word of God or not! Voting is every citizen’s duty, and especially, every Christian citizen’s Biblical and moral duty. Note well this Biblical principle from the following two passages in Deuteronomy, “Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads” (1:13); and, "You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment” (16:18; cf. Matthew 22:15-22; Romans 13:1-10; 1 Peter 2:13-17).

Dear Christian, such a question should never have to be asked. It should be obvious from the above Scriptures that every believer is to be involved in upholding the moral fabric and religious freedom of his homeland. Yes, every child of God must use his voice in this election both in the voting booth and in his prayer closet (1 Timothy 2:1-4; cf. Matthew 6:5-15). However, this upcoming election has caused many professing Christians to hesitate on the former and to rarely consider the latter. They say we now have a Democratic Candidate whose life and platform is identical with Romans 1:18-32, and we have a questionable Republican challenger who’s arrogant, immoral, and is anything but Christian … Indeed, but his platform is much closer to a Christian worldview than his corrupt opponent … but you say, “he’s too unpredictable” … and … “we’re not sure if he is stable and truthful enough to keep those platform promises and to responsibly handle our nuclear codes.” Well, I also can see justification for those concerns, however, you are not voting for a pastor, but for a public official whose chief responsibility is to uphold what is summarized in Romans 13:4: “…for he is God's servant for your good.” Dear believer, we are responsible to vote for officials who will uphold our U.S. Constitution and “do well” to their fellow-citizens of every financial strata, race, religion, etc. This translates to our future president’s primary responsibilities being: to protect us from our enemies; to preserve our moral, domestic, societal, and religious freedoms; and to provide us with fiscally restrained and competent leadership, which creates morally prosperous vocational opportunities through a robust job-creation plan (Note: one of the best ways you can love your neighbor as yourself [Matthew 22:39-40] is not only by giving him the gospel, but also, by voting for an economic plan that will not only create potential jobs for him, but also one that will help him to secure a job!). Dear Christian citizen of America (and citizen of heaven – Philippians 3:20), this Tuesday, November 8th, you will be called upon to exercise your sacred duty to vote! On this day, the citizens of our great state of Mississippi and this great nation will be asked to exercise their freedom (“responsibility”) to vote for the next president of the United States. At that privileged and solemn time, Mississippi Christians must not stay home, indifferent to the whole political process. Instead, they should pray, then get out and vote! Remember the words of the great eighteenth-century British statesman Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Shamefully, shortly after this election, those who have intentionally not spoken with their vote will continue their endless complaints about how the government has failed them, even though they themselves are the ones to blame for choosing the path of civil apathy over civil responsibility. Listen carefully: a citizen of a free land who treats his liberty to vote as less than a precious privilege responsibility from our kind God, will get what he deserves (Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan”). In 1992, when only 30% of Americans exercised their right to vote, Bill Clinton won with 42% of the vote, while George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot garnered 39% and 19% respectively. This meant that Bill Clinton captured the presidency with fewer than 15% of the possible vote. In the 2000 presidential election, a little more than 50% of all professing American Christians “passed” on exercising their freedom to vote in that crucial election. (We all know how unnecessarily close that election was – it was decided by approximately 500 votes!) If Christians had been politically responsible in 1992 and 2000, what a difference it would have made! Very conservative estimates taken shortly after the 2004 presidential election revealed that roughly 50% of all Americans who were eligible and registered to vote actually did so. Fortunately, voter participation for the 2008 presidential election and 2010 mid-term elections were much-improved from previous years for both the Democrats and Republicans. The 2012 Republican voter turnouts were marred by the apathetic evangelical turnout. 2014 mid-term elections were once again marked by a solid turnout. However, the November 8, 2016, presidential election must see voter responsibility exercised at the highest level on record if we are to truly garner the collective voice of our great nation and preserve our freedom. Dear saint of God, how will this increased exercise of voter responsibility be possible?  By first repenting of our past political apathy, and then, by informing our mind of the issues and getting out to vote. The time is NOW for us all to be salt and light in our decaying culture.  Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16, "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Dear Christian citizen of Mississippi, we must pray fervently for God’s mercy upon this Tuesday’s outcome (Habakkuk 3:2: “O LORD, I have heard the report of You, and Your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath, remember mercy”)! So, if you are a Christian, you have no other choice, but to vote this Tuesday, because “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold it as guiltless. Not to speak is to speak; Not to act is to act” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). If you failed to register to vote, repent, pray, and encourage registered voters to vote!  And, I believe, the Christian’s vote should minimally support: Life (no Abortion), Traditional Marriage (only between a Man and Woman), a Balanced-Budget (only spend what we take in), Lower Taxes and Less Government (which means more jobs), etc. In conclusion, hear the following words of wisdom from the great German Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546): “If I profess with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him.” I hope and pray to see you at the polls this Tuesday!

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