Thursday, November 02, 2006

"....and I approve this message."

Election Day is soon approaching, and we have been inundated with political advertisements by the candidates who are running for office. It must be a requirement for each candidate to say at the end of their ads that they approve the message they just gave. What amazes me is that most of the ad is made up of trash-talking their opponent instead of giving legitimate reasons why we should vote for them in particular. However, we as individuals have the tremendous privilege of voting on November 7 and I believe we as Christians also have a great obligation to do so. If we do not spend time in prayer and exercise our right to vote for the candidate we feel led by God to vote for, then we have no right whatsoever to complain about the person who is voted into office.

Romans 13:1-2, "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."

I Peter 2:13 - "Submit yourselves FOR THE LORD'S SAKE to EVERY authority instituted among men; whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men."

God has instituted the governing body over us---we have the wonderful privilege of being a real part of that government by voting. We as individuals are the ones who have put our authorities into office, or have failed to put them in office because we choose to stay home and not vote. Please vote this coming Tuesday.

....and I approve this message!


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