The proper way to vote

The Covington News - - Religion -

Let’s get po­lit­i­cal. Now that in­tro­duc­tion prob­a­bly piqued ei­ther your in­ter­est or your ire. What in the world does pol­i­tics have to do with a re­li­gious col­umn? The Bi­ble an­swers that ques­tion when it records, “Do­ing what is right makes a na­tion great, but sin will bring dis­grace to any peo­ple” (Proverbs 14:34, NCV).

As we ap­proach this po­lit­i­cal sea­son, it is in­cum­bent that we keep this pas­sage in mind. Per­son­ally, I don’t know why any­one would want to run for po­lit­i­cal of­fice, let alone the of­fice of the pres­i­dent. I am grate­ful, how­ever, for men and women who are will­ing to make the sac­ri­fices nec­es­sary in or­der to serve this great coun­try. We need to lift them all (those who serve and those who are plan­ning to serve) up in prayer. At Gate­way we are do­ing just that and are in the midst of a 30day prayer plan for our na­tion. Candidates in all the par­ties run be­cause they be­lieve they have a plan that will best serve the needs of our coun­try. I may not agree with the po­si­tions of a par­tic­u­lar can­di­date (which is why I ex­er­cise my pre­rog­a­tive to vote), but I do be­lieve that all of the candidates run be­cause they truly be­lieve that they can best serve our na­tion. Now I have my be­liefs and po­si­tions and I will vote based upon my per­sonal con­vic­tions. Will my candidates win? I don’t know. What I do know is that who­ever wins come Novem­ber will be my pres­i­dent and my rep­re­sen­ta­tives and they will have my prayer­ful sup­port. The Bi­ble says, “The Lord con­trols rulers, just as he de­ter­mines the course of rivers. We may think we are do­ing the right thing, but the Lord al­ways knows what is in our hearts” (Proverbs 21:1-2, CEV).

This com­ing elec­tion is his­toric in so many ways. Nei­ther be­ing a prophet or the son of a prophet I am not go­ing to com­ment fur­ther or spec­u­late on any out­come. You have read my ad­vice on the proper way to vote be­fore, but let me re­peat it: the cor­rect way to vote is be aware of the is­sues and vote your con­science. That is the proper way to vote.

Re­gard­less who your can­di­date is, what we need to re­mem­ber is we all an­swer to a higher power. That is a truth we tend con­ve­niently to for­get to­day. Thomas Jef­fer­son wrote, “God who gave us life gave us lib­erty. Can the lib­er­ties of a na­tion be se­cure when we have re­moved the only firm ba­sis, a con­vic­tion in the minds of the peo­ple that th­ese lib­er­ties are a gift of God? That they can­not be vi­o­lated but with His wrath? In­deed, I trem­ble for my coun­try when I re­flect that God is just: that His jus­tice can­not sleep for­ever.”

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