Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What's up with voting for believers? WWJD?

Voting after praying and studying the issues etc.. is simply showing proper concern for your government, for your Land, for the people and the leadership where you live.
Christians should indeed pray for leaders and go vote.. if they’ve been granted this privilege. Christ would have citizens respectively care about their nations in this way. WWJD? In His day there was no voting because there were kings. No voting on them. The Bible doesn't tell us to vote. Again, there was no voting for rulers when the different books in the Bible were written. So it's left with our opinions after inquiring of God and looking at the principles of the Word. Check out these basic admonitions in the following verses:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Elections with all the money, laws, delegates, primaries are not always easy to deal with.. for candidate and those who vote. I won't tell you who to vote for but will say keep biblical values in mind. I've been thinking about the value of honesty as well as others. Okay so the Lord would have us pray for leaders, so wouldn’t He commonsenseically also have us to be concerned enough to go put feet to our faith and vote wisely? Sure he would. Jesus wants us to be be salt and light to preserve what’s good on earth.. to use every opportunity to assist in electing the leaders that would be the best ones for protecting the innocent (love…always protects 1 Cor 13), for promoting peace and righteousness in the Land. Yes, Jesus, himself told us to “..Render unto Caesar the things that Caesar”. Our Caesar if you will/our rulers today tell us to and expect us to go vote. 
“And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”Matthew 22:16-21
Caesar was the Roman emperor at that time. He was he governmental leader, so Jesus was telling them they were to pay their taxes, as well as support the work of God. These Scriptures tell us as Christians that we are to be good citizens and pay our taxes as well. As good citizens in our government structure here in the U.S.A., we should not leave the operation of the government to ungodly men or their bad choice men will rule. How can we prevent that? One way is to use our one vote wisely. We will be accountable before God as to how we voted after He gave us this privilege. Another issue will be ..did we spend the time in study and prayer so that we could be prepared in advance to go vote wisely for the proper candidates, as well as the right issues?

As Christians we should consider how the candidates stand on the issues and not get caught in the trap of voting strictly along party lines. 

It’s just wise to check voting records and see which candidates most closely follow Biblical standards. Today we have so many so called “Born again” candidates who say one thing and then get to DC only to change. And they have their ways to create bad bills but then cover themselves by not casting the final vote for it. 

Some Christians just vote the Democratic or after the Republican ticket because their parents voted that way. Stop that. We should vote for the best man or woman for the job. If we have the choice and some times it doesn’t at all look like we do have the choice.. we should not only go for who is qualified for the job, but also go for who is moral and with good character traits. Voting for someone just because they tell us certain things..give big promises.. sound pretty good, but it’s not the way to vote.

Have you ever seen a daughter somewhere, who got hitched due to the boy being a real smooth talker? It happens a lot, and those guys who swayed em with their good sounding words seem to stay flaky. 

These girls end up regretting their choices because the men played on their emotions and the girls later found out the dude had no character. We must live with our choices and living with someone with no character is horrible.. it can even eventually destroys a marriage

Without the traits of faithfulness, honesty and unselfishness these marriages usually fail. So it is true with the leaders we elect. 

We must have honest leaders who hate lying instead of using it regularly to get into power. The people are not to be into political dynasties per se (God is no respecter of persons), but should vote for who will be best for the people taking the Scriptures into mind with wise application.. cuz not all do.  That’s what it’s all about ..what Christ cares about during your elections. 

If we are to live in a national environment that will produce peace and harmony and create benefits that will be fair to all equally. No playing favorites. 

The Bible tells us that if a man is not faithful in small things, he will not be faithful in the larger matters. Luke (16:10) told us this: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

WWJD? What would? WDJD? What Did? To know what He would do, you gotta know what He actually did and didn't do huh. He's the same yesterday, today and forever right. Yes, let's go see again what Jesus did and know. I'm going to this week. 

I know Jesus would first pray, would listen and obey Direct authority (His Father), and.. submit to earthly delegated authorities.. short of sinning. Obeying is important for all of us believers today. Yes, He would wisely appea at times. He would wisely go vote.. right, instead of vote wrong. He’d be prepared to do the most good for the most people who'd allow Him to.. yes, if they’d actually let him help them. What do you mean “wisely go vote right” Kurt? Well, meditate upon these words…

“A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.” Ecclesiastes 10:2

Jesus would stand up against the wickedness in a practical way.

“Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” Proverbs 25:26

Jesus wouldn’t ultimately put his trust in mere men on earth. The Bible says…

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” Psalm 146:3-10

It is the duty and responsibility of every Christian to pray and to go vote for leaders who will protect citizens and promote Christian principles. Think about what’s involved in a Land legally where the spreading of the Gospel is allowed and promoted, as well as those who can help in this witnessing arena. God is most certainly in control, but that does not mean that we should do nothing to further His will. He has blessed us with a part to play so to speak. We are commanded to pray for our leaders cuz God cares about them, about the people and about the future of their Land (See 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

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