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Friday, September 28, 2012

Get Ready To VOTE! Biblical Guidelines

Biblical Guidelines for Voting

Here are some thoughts worth considering, praying over and acting on! 

1. Don't equate the biblical kingdom of God with any human political party or nation. Remember the difference between God's kingdom and the kingdoms of this world. Don't mix the two up. (John 18:36; Matt. 6:33).

2. Look carefully at the candidates and the issues.  Compare their stances to Biblical Truth.  HOW do they compare?  Do not give in to media spin.  Stay true to the values God puts forth in His Word.
Be influenced by God's standards, not necessarily what is best for you, personally.  God calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross...and follow HIM, not our own success.  (Matt 16:24)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." - Matt 16:24

3. Pray for God's help in motivating people to follow His plan. Ask God to heal our land. Continue to pray daily, especially until the election.  (2Chron 7:14)

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble

 themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from

 their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will

forgive their sin and will heal their land. -2Chronicles7:14

4. Don't elevate a politician to messianic status. People often falsely think a politician can
single-handedly produce supernatural social results. We have one Lord, and we must resist any
attempt to exalt politicians to unrealistic heights (Matt. 7:15; 1 Pet. 3:15).

 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. -- Matt 7:15

5. Don't just vote, but pray for the leaders of all political parties. Christians can be tempted to
bless the politician of their choice, and curse his or her opponent, but remember, we must pray
even for our enemies (1 Tim. 2:1-2; Matt. 5:44).

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. - 1 Tim 2:1-2


6. Don't engage in angry, hostile confrontation. Present your political convictions through
civil debate and rational dialogue instead. Confrontational arguments demonstrate an ugly pride
that demeans Jesus Christ (James 1:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:14).

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. - James 1: 19-20

7. Don't become so intertwined with one political party that you forfeit your independence.
When you do, you lose your right to be heard and to speak and clarify Biblical Truth to all
politicians and political parties (1 Tim.3:15; Rom. 3:4).

8. Don't allow yourself to support attempts to divide races, male and female, rich and poor,
or young and old. Partisan politics often divides society into voting blocks, and separates
society instead of uniting it. Christians should function as peacemakers and reconcilers in the
public square and should resist every temptation to join the game of dividing people for political
gain (Matt. 5:9; 2 Cor. 5:18-19).

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: - Corin 5:18


9. Get Involved. We are called, not only to curse the darkness in our world, but to act as
illuminating light and preserving salt. We must share the light of God's Truth and work to maintain the common welfare of our nation by overcoming evil through doing good (Matt. 5:13-16 Romans 12:17-21).

 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. - Romans 12:17

10. Don't forget that your ultimate security is in the unshakeable kingdom of God. Many
Christians often elevate the outcome of presidential elections to an apocalyptic status. If a
particular presidential candidate does not win, we begin to think or act as if theworld will end. In
so doing, however, we express an unbelief in the active sovereignty of God over human affairs.
(Heb. 12:26-29).






I am aware that the outcome of the upcoming presidential election could have significant, and even negative, consequences for people's lives, but we don't need to worry. In the larger

scheme of history, no matter who becomes our next president, God is still King, and He is still in control!— Andrew Jackson

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