Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Exercise Your Right!

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:1-7
Not only should we exercise our constitutional right to vote, but we have a responsibility to put people in office who will most closely stand for our values as Christians. At the end of the day, we must submit to governing authorities who are placed in that position by God. If they abuse the power entrusted to them, then they will answer to Him in the end. We can't always control what our elected officials do, but we can be sure that their actions will be judged by a much higher authority.

So GO VOTE if you haven't already! We shouldn't excuse ourselves as Christians because we don't like either candidate, or because neither completely subscribes our biblical worldview. We have a responsibility to vote for a candidate who respects the sanctity of life and who will fight for the lives of every American.



Mocha with Linda said...

Amen, my friend! Love those Scriptures.

And I love early voting. Got mine done 10 days ago!

luvmy4sons said...

Amen...and now prayer is needed more than ever and a hopeful attitude and Christian humility...