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The Privilege of Voting and Why It Matters

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Hello friend! So how are you doing with all the election madness? It’s crazy out there, isn’t it? We’re at a place where anything goes and it concerns me – especially when I consider the example it sets for our children.

I know some of you want to check out of this mayhem. But I urge you – please do not allow it to keep you from the polls on election day!! If you’re feeling apathetic about voting, read on.

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Vote (Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic)

Years ago, I worked with a woman named Maria who was a native of Cuba. She knew the realities of living under dictatorship. She had achieved U.S. citizenship and was heavily involved in the election process. She was more passionate about the privilege of voting then anyone I have ever met. She gave me a deeper appreciation for the voice we have in determining who will lead our nation.

Our pastor recently talked about the privilege and duty of voting. Here are some thoughts from his message.

In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites (Jews) rejected God as their king. They asked God to give them an earthly king so they could be like all the other nations. God gave them what they wanted with a warning:

  1. The king would take their sons/daughters and require them to work for him instead of working for their father and the family estate.
  2. The king would take the best of their vineyards, fields, olive groves, servants, cattle, and flocks for himself.
  3. The king would take a tenth of all they had to pay his officers and workers. Those officers and workers would be loyal to the king – not to the people of the kingdom – even though their income came from the people.
  4. The people would cry out to God and ask him to give them relief from the king’s oppression. 

The Israelites (Jews) traded true security and freedom for false security under an earthly king. Funny thing is – God had already fought their battles, given them victory, and proven himself. [Gideon and the Midianites, Jericho, the land of Canaan, etc.] He was their true security and they missed it.

What God had warned them about came true.

The history of human kings

Kings overstep.

  1. They are supposed to make sure people obey the laws of the land.
  2. Instead they often put themselves above the law and start making their own rules – rules that benefit them personally. In England, the king ruled the law (Rex Lex) instead of the law ruling the king (Lex Rex). Christians who wanted the law to rule the king, came to America because of their personal adherance to the Law – the Bible.

Kings don’t always know right from wrong.

  1. The king is supposed to punish wrongdoing and reward what is right and honorable.
  2. Sometimes a king will do the opposite. He does what benefits him with disregard for what is right and wrong.

Wielding the Sword

  1. The church is not meant to wield the sword/run the government.
  2. ALL Christians need to be actively involved in the process of determining who will wield the sword. 
  3. Participating in the process is our duty to our nation, to our society, and to our children/grandchildren.
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White House (Photo credit: Trevor McGoldrick)

Some of you are thinking, “Well my vote doesn’t make a difference.” Really?

In the last election, there were:

  1. 60,000,000 evangelical Christians living in America.
  2. 40,000,000 did not vote!
  3. Just 9,000,000 votes comprised the differential between the winner and the loser.

Let me ask you, “Does your vote make a difference?” Of course it does!!

In the upcoming election our way of life, ideology, and rule of law are at stake. Within the next 4-8 years, the President could potentially install five Supreme Court Justices. These positions are held for the duration of their lives. The Supreme Court guards and interprets the Constitution. Their decisions mold and shape our society. It seems to me you would want to have a say in that. :)

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” John Quincy Adams

Love you all! Thanks for sharing your day with me here at The Warming House! Hope to see you again soon.

Lisa~

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