The most contentious campaign in our lifetime for the office of president is thankfully drawing to a close. Now is the time for “we the people” to vote for those who will lead our local, state and national governments.
I want to challenge you as strongly as I know how – to vote! In our nation, we have the amazing privilege of voting. Countless men and women have sacrificed everything, including their lives, to leave us the legacy of freedom and the right to choose our elected officials.
It is especially important for followers of Christ to vote and be prayerful and careful in our selection of who we support when we cast our ballots. Each of us should guard against being unduly influenced by the media and negative ads trashing candidates. Instead, we should focus on some basic filters through which we can evaluate those running.
For my wife, Bev, and me, our first filter is this: Is the candidate committed to protecting the most vulnerable and helpless among us – the unborn? If the answer is no, we will not vote for them. Part of the reason we are so passionate about this as our first filter, is that we adopted both of our children as newborn babies, and three of our four grandchildren were also adopted as babies. We cannot imagine life without them and are so grateful that our children love Jesus and follow Him. God is all about life!
So please, VOTE! And please establish your own filter through which to evaluate the candidates.
Warmly in Christ,
These days the news is dominated by the shutdown of the Federal government and the war of words between the President and the Republicans in congress. There is much wringing of hands and dire predictions of what will happen if the shut down continues.
If that’s not enough, the battle over the debt ceiling is upon us as of October 17th with the same two sides rattling their sabers and warning of financial Armageddon if the other side does not cave in to their demands. So, what should you and I do in light of this brinkmanship on Capitol Hill?
I have two suggestions:
(1) Limit the amount of news you watch or listen to. The media loves to hype this type of news, after all in times like these, ratings go up and advertisers pay up. The media onslaught can steal our sense of peace, fruitfulness, and joy that we should be experiencing in Christ. In Matthew 13, Jesus told the parable of the sower. In verse 22 he said, “And the one on whom the seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it become unfruitful.”
(2) Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of those serving in leadership of the government. Pray that the Lord would give them good hearts and a desire to honor one another. Pray that they would humble themselves before God and together seek resolution to these challenges. “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Warmly in Christ,