This Tuesday every American is given the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. And we all realize that this Presidential election will be one of the most important in all of American history. We used to live in a day where the end result for each candidate was the same – to live in peace, financial prosperity and to enjoy not only our God-given freedoms but those afforded to us in the Bill of Rights. And no matter who won the election, though the routes they took to get there were different, the destination was the same. It is not that way anymore. The two main political parties today have very different destinations for America. That is why it is important to do your homework! It is important to be informed before you cast your ballot. Voting is not just an opportunity but it is a responsibility. And, just as with any decision we make, we need to be knowledgeable. This was never more important than it is today! Know what the candidates stand for. Know their party’s platforms and stances on important issues. Know their voting records. Look at their history and what they’ve accomplished. Know where they want to take America. And most importantly, as a Christian, know if they honor God! Does what they stand for violate the Word of God? There is one particular scripture that come into play at election time that we must keep in the forefront of our hearts and minds as we cast our vote. Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” NKJV. The New Living Bible says it this way – “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” And perhaps the Message Bible best fits the sentiment that is growing in America today – “God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.” Does your candidate ever mention God? And if so, how – to honor Him or to mock Him? A nation is blessed whose God is the Lord! And when the godly are in power, the people rejoice. The church can make all the difference in this election. If you don’t vote, you are telling God you don’t care. But we DO care where America goes! So this Tuesday, if you haven’t already done so, VOTE. But don’t just vote – vote responsibly and vote righteously!
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NKJV)
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. Proverbs 29:2 (NLT)