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Many people will tell you that on Tuesday, November 2, Americans will participate in the most important election of our time. This will be true, of course, until the next election comes along. How should Christians approach voting? Here are several articles that will hopefully prod you to honoring Jesus above all else in the way you cast your ballot.
How Can We Vote for the Glory of God
First, we must not forget that as Christians we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom first and foremost. As Christians, who in God’s providence reside in the United States, we should have a desire for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is being done in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
As we consider Tuesday’s elections, we must remember that this world is passing away (1 John 2:17). Our mission is not to establish Christianity as the state religion through elections; nor is it to impose Christian doctrine through legislation. Our mission is to proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ so that people may be transformed by the power of God’s gospel to become true worshipers of Jesus Christ and citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem.
As citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, we need to keep in mind that we are strangers and exiles in this world who are looking for a heavenly country (Hebrews 11:13-16); nevertheless, we do reside here in the United States for now as ambassadors of Christ, representing King and country. So, like every other earthly citizen in our nation, we have a responsibility to be faithful citizens. Continue reading “How Can We Vote for the Glory of God?” at The Gospel Coalition→
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Six Truths to Stand One When Voting
With the campaign advertisements, donor & polling phone calls, it is clear that election season is upon us! Christians are, often rightly, concerned over where the country is going, what candidates do and say, and the pressure cooker of the election season only adds to that. But what truths from the Bible can we stand on, even leading up to the election? Here are six:
1. God is sovereign over whoever is elected in November. It is clear from Scripture that ultimately the White House, as well as every position of power, comes from God’s power and authority. He “brings kings down and He sets kings up” (Daniel 2:21). The rise and fall of nations is in His control (Daniel 4:30 – 37). If even such little things as the life of sparrows (Matthew 10:29) and the rolling of dice (Proverbs 16:33) and under God’s control, will God not also oversee the heart and decisions of rulers (Proverbs 21:1)? The citizens of America will elect their leader on Nov. 6 by voting, but this is simply the means that God uses to install the leader He has chosen. Continue reading “Six Truths To Stand On When Voting” at Pastor Brian’s website→
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Thoughts on Christian Patriotism
On July 4, our nation celebrates its independence with waving flags, picnics, and parades. Some churches deck their sanctuary with red, white, and blue, and devote the worship service to the honor of the state. Other Christians virtually ignore this or any other national holiday. This raises the question, “How does Christianity tell us to think about patriotism?” … I am probably not typical in that my conversion to faith in Jesus Christ, which occurred when I was 30 years old, required me immediately to recast my ideas of patriotism. At first, I was tempted to reject the idea of patriotism altogether, since I had been transferred out of the world into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. However, even though my relationship with Jesus greatly altered my attitude towards flag and country, I soon realized that there is a Christian patriotism that believers should feel towards their country… Let me point out patriotic views and attitudes that Christians must reject [and should accept]. Continue reading “Thoughts on Christian Patriotism” at Reformation 21→