October Connect: Countdown to the Election

Countdown to the Election!

We are watching daily as election fever continues to heat-up.  There are yet a few weeks until the election, but we’ve already had enough of the political commercials on TV, radio, and social medial.  While all elections are important, there is no debate that this election has major consequences hanging in the balance.  These consequences have the potential to impact our national and personal economic strength, social stability, and even our religious freedoms.   

In all the cloud of fury that this election is generating, let us, as Christians, be keenly aware that religious liberty and biblical ethics are very much on the ballot.  That’s why Christians must be actively involved.  The motto for what’s ahead has become, “This election must be influenced by Christian values, Christian voices, and Christian votes.”  You certainly can’t learn all you need to know from commercials.  Thus, while it’s imperative that everyone in our congregation votes, there’s more to it than just going to cast a vote. 

Here’s what every Christian, should be doing in the days that lead up to the election:

  1. BE WISE: Know Why You’re Voting

While an election involves candidates, an election just a contest of individuals, it is most importantly a contest of ideas.  To think of an election as a contest of individuals is to make the election nothing more than a talent show or beauty contest.  Each candidate identifies with their political parties because he/she supports the ideas in that party’s platform.

How to know the positions of the candidates:

  1. Use voter guides, there are some available in the church lobby, or go to: www.frcaction.org

  2. Read a summary and watch a brief video contrasting each party’s platform, 
    available at: prayvotestand.org/platforms

Vote for candidates who support the ideas YOU support as a Christian with biblical convictions.
 

  1. BE INFORMED: Get Resources

There are many ways to be informed about the issues.  A resource list is available in the church lobby to find additional online resources.

  1. Read: Keep the Bible and Bible-based resources in a proper place of priority to deepen your knowledge of truth and expand your application of values, especially the values of life and religious freedom.

  2. Research: Find out what you need to know as a biblically-minded Christian to vote for candidates that reflect biblical values.

  3. Remember: The Bible provides important perspectives for Christians.

Psalm 33:12 - Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…

Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
 

  1. BE PREPARED: Get a Sample Ballot

Having a sample ballot provides time to research and mark choices before going to vote.  It will make you an informed voter and make voting faster.  The easiest way to get a personalized sample ballot is at:  and entering your address.


 

  1. BE ENGAGED: Express your Voice and Cast your Vote

Exercise your rights by expressing a biblical-worldview through your voice of prayer and proclamation. Vote for candidates who reflect biblical values!

  1. Pray: Join your voice in prayer for America!  You can certainly do this at home, but in addition, our church will open “Prayer Walk America” in the front parking lot where anyone can come and walk through six prayer stations that focus on specific issues for ourselves and our nation.  It will be initiated on Sunday, October 25.  You can come any day or time convenient for you and your family, in addition, we want everyone to help spread the word about the prayer walk so that this becomes an opportunity for others in the community.

II Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I Timothy 2:1-2 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

  1. Reach Out: Use your voice and social media network to inform others and express biblically-based truth and convictions.

  2. Registration: Be sure you are properly registered, informed, and ready to vote. You can verify your voter registration

Proverbs 29:2 plainly reminds us “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  We must be diligent and committed to pursue righteousness in our vote and in the prayers for our country.  We pray for God to raise up Christian candidates to positions of influence and for biblical values to overshadow the election, but that will only happen if this election is influenced by Christian values, Christian voices, and Christian votes.

William Federer, Christian Historian & Author encourages Christians in this statement: 
“The most important thing is to bring people to Christ.  The second most important thing is to protect the freedom to do the most important thing.”   

 

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