Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Is your vote spiritual?

Everything is spiritual; however, many Christians separate the sacred from the secular. They no longer believe that all of life is spiritual, so they compartmentalize their faith by separating the spiritual aspects from the “less spiritual” aspects of life. In this philosophy, the spiritual stuff belongs at the church and the rest of life is inherently secular. Unfortunately, this is true of how many Christians approach their vote.

Like it or not, we will be held responsible for everything we do. We will be judged for our action and our inaction. In America, we have been given the gift and responsibility of voting. As Christians, we will be held accountable to God for how we use this gift. Did we use our vote to further biblical values and God’s kingdom or did we use our vote to advance our own selfish agendas and personal financial gain? By the way, not voting is not an option, it is a cop-out.

The Bible speaks very clearly to several of the hot political and social issues of our day. God instructs us to choose life over death and He commands us to not commit murder (Exodus 20:13). God’s Word also underscores the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). Fiscal policies tend to get much of the attention in today’s political environment. This is especially true this year as we are facing an economic crisis in our country and throughout the world. However, the Bible is rather silent on the fiscal policies of governments. When confronted with a question about tax and fiscal policy, Jesus responded by telling us to, "give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's" (Matthew 22:21). Do we so cavalierly think that just voting for a candidate with anti-biblical views and agendas leaves us far enough removed that judgment won’t fall on us? Our vote matters greatly to God and is an opportunity to champion His values.

We are called to be “in the world but not of the world”. The things that drive the world should not drive followers of Christ. Christians should be advocates for the helpless, for the unborn, for the widows, and for the orphans. As representative of Christ, we must take the privilege and responsibility of voting seriously. We are ambassadors of Christ, and our vote should represent that fact. Therefore, our voting guide cannot be CNN, Fox News, the Arizona Republic, or conventional wisdom; it must be the Bible.

Prayerfully consider how you will use your vote this November. Remember that your role at the poles is spiritual and God is watching.

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