to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rock the Vote!

Here we are, voting day 2012!  This election, by far, has been one of the most talked about and debated over elections to date.  I will be honest, I won't miss all the added mail, phone calls and commercials that have consumed every open second of my day.

By now, the mind of each voter is made up.  I doubt anyone voting today is headed to the polls questioning who they should vote for.  The opinions are firm and backed with much emotion.  But, can I remind all my Christian brothers and sisters, today is like no other.  We are to be an example for Christ.  We are to show grace and mercy and love those who don't necessarily think the same.

Titus 3:1-2 says  "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."

Can you imagine Jesus talking with the rich young man in Mark 10?  The man comes to him and asks what he can do to inherit the kingdom of heaven.  He was excited to find out and eager to get going.  Jesus tells him how difficult it is because he must keep the commandments given him.  Hearing this, the rich man exclaimed that in fact, he had kept those commandments since he was young.  In verse 21, Jesus follows up with "You lack one thing;  go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me." It says that the man went away sorrowful because he had a lot of possessions.

There are two lessons I received from this passage.  First, the rich young man who was eager to follow Christ, didn't.  He didn't because it cost too much.  He would have to not only get rid of all security, but also to give away what he worked so hard for.  Second, Jesus didn't fight him.  He didn't say "You are wrong!"  or  "I can't believe you think that way, you are so selfish and narrow minded."  Jesus is a gentleman, He never forced His kingdom, His beliefs or His forgiveness on anyone.  He allows us to each have a choice or free will.

The bottom line is that we each have a belief.  We each take that belief and live it out.  And each of us, if over 18, will vote on that belief.  Our personal belief, in and of itself, isn't wrong until you align it with the truth of the god that you follow.  No one can tell you how to vote, you need to vote based on what you believe and above all, trust that God is in control.

The hard part comes tomorrow.  Tuesday there is a choice, but Wednesday we have an obligation.  This will be the hardest day to live like a Christian.  Whether the candidate you voted for won or lost, we need to act like Jesus and keep pursuing the call of Christ.  We need to walk in humbleness and gentleness. We need to avoid quarreling, even when provoked.  We need to show perfect courtesy to all people, because who are we to know who God is working on.

God is Sovereign.  No one will win this election without the stamp of approval of Him.  Daniel 2:21 says "He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;"  So press that button at the polls and breath.  God will not let anything happen that He hadn't already figured out.  Your duty? To vote!  Vote based on what you believe not the person going for office.  Vote on the issues, not the personalities.  Vote for God, be His voice, not the voice of popularity or similarity.