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Commentary: A Note To Christians On Election Day

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV

Personal Commentary by J. Brandon Thompson

It's May 19, 2015, Primary Election Day, in Kentucky.

Turnout to vote overall today is expected to be very low, and those who call themselves Born-Again Christians, if they continue as they have in past elections, will turn out in even smaller numbers than the whole.

In fact, that is one of the great travesties of the modern Church. Were this sleeping giant of private opinion to turn public it would in short order change the entire government, then public policy, and eventually lead to a radical change in the society at large. But, unfortunately the giant remains in repose.

Joseph de Maistre wrote in 1811 that "every nation gets the government it deserves". So for all the complaining done by so much of the church, we have currently a political process that was put in place by the church. Why, you might ask? Because the church's absence from the political sphere is equivalent to its culpability in establishing the current system. We can complain all we want, but without action on our part to improve our government, it is doomed to grow worse rather than better. To quote our third President, Thomas Jefferson, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

So, I urge all Christians to do four simple things today and in every national, state, and local election:
  1. Pray Pray that God would give you wisdom to make the right decision about who you should support for public office. Don't just go with your party, or your family, or your friends, or certainly not who seems popular by secular society. Seek God for whom He would have you to vote.

  2. Educate Yourself Don't ever go into the voting booth uneducated. The only thing worse than the man who doesn't vote is the man who votes without knowing the issues, the candidates, and their stances on the issues. Do your homework. Figure out what the issues are and decide where you stand on each issue based on what the Bible says about it.

    In today's world it's easy to do a quick Google search and find the list of offices you will be voting on and who is running. Then, you can simply go to their campaign website (almost every statewide and national campaign has a website these days, and many local candidates will have one as well), and find out where they stand on the issues that matter to you. Then, make your decision on who best fits with where you stand. You will never agree with any candidate 100 percent of the time, unless you are the candidate. So just choose the one that is closest to you on the most important issues.

  3. Vote Get to the polls and make your voice heard. Make it a point to do so. As the saying goes, if something is important to you, you will find a way no matter what comes up. If it's not important to you, you'll find an excuse why you can't. In Kentucky you have twelve hours in which to vote on Election Day (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or you can vote by absentee ballot prior to the Election if you are unable to vote in person on Election Day.

    No excuses, just make it happen! Not only is it your civic duty and a sacred right which brave, patriotic American men and women for generations have died to secure, but it is your responsibility as a Christian to make sure biblical values are upheld in our society. The only way that happens is if people of strong faith and values work diligently to elect people of strong faith and values.

  4. Pray No, I didn't forget I listed this one already. It's that important. After you've done your part to vote, continue to pray for those who are elected, whether they were your first choice or your last. Not only are we commanded by scripture to do so, but if we fail to uphold our elected officials by prayer, then we are at fault for what transpires in our government. However, if we don't shy away from our responsibility, and we pray for all those in authority, we will reap the rewards of our obedience to the scriptures: the ability to "lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."
J. Brandon Thompson

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