Throughout the history of our great nation, the United States of American, we have had notable men who have stood up for our Christian faith and urged believers to take up the Christian’s responsibility to vote. The problem is, through the years, we as believers have lost sight of what we should be looking for in a candidate. It’s time we go back to our foundational…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and their words to us through the Bible.
First, we must pray for our nation and our leaders. (Even the leaders we don’t like and didn’t vote for.) 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Second, be informed. Check out those who are running for office. 2 Samuel 23:3 (NKJV) 3 The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God. Proverbs 29:12 (NKJV) 12 If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked.
Third, Influence others to vote for Godly men and women. Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV) 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Fourth, vote. Exodus 18:21 (NKJV) 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Proverbs 25:19 (NKJV) 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
Fifth, take the advice from those in our past who loved our country. Charles Finney 1792-1875 The obligation of human beings to support and obey human governments, while they legislate upon the principles of the moral law, is an unalterable as the moral law itself.
Noah Webster 1758-1843 When a citizen gives his suffrage (the right to vote in political elections) to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
Tomas Jefferson 1743-1826 A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
Bill Bright 1923-2003
Mr. Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. He had some very important advise for us. Please use the following link to a short pdf file with very good information that applies to us today. http://www.crustore.org/downloads/5_Duties-Text.pdf