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Monday, November 3, 2008

A Cultural Mandate

It's the day before the election and thus far, I have been mostly silent on the issues of the election and have managed to avoid the mudslinging that is circulating on both sides via the internet and tv campaigns. Mostly, it's because I'm not that good at voicing my opinions and thoughts as eloquently as Shannon or Dana, but even more so, I think it's because in my heart, I'm a peacemaker, and I don't like conflict. At all.

However, since today is the day before the election, I felt it necessary to speak about something. I have heard many Christians say that they will not even vote this year because they don't like the choices that have been presented to them, which is shocking to me for many reasons. If you are a Bible-believing Christian, you should realize that whether we like it or not, these are the candidates that God has chosen for us. Yep, God chose them. He's allowed them to get this far - and the rest is up to us.

In Genesis 1:28, the Bible states that God created us to "have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowel of the air, and over the calttle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

I believe that as a Christian, I am a regent of God and must take my cultural mandate (or influence) to the voting polls and vote for the person who I believe most closely will adhere to the standards of the Bible.

I believe that it is time that we as Christians stand up together and speak up by getting ourselves to the voting polls and having some Godly influence. The duty is ours, the results are God's.

Please take three minutes and view this video, from a pastor at our local church, which further explains the reasoning we should use when we vote. The reasons are sound and the choice is clear.



Now, go vote tomorrow.




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6 comments:

Summer said...

AMEN!!! The choice is clear -- has been the whole time. I think I'll link this video on my blog. Thank you for sharing!

dianne - bunny trails said...

Great video, Karen. Thanks for sharing. I'm amazed at the division that Satan has wrought in the church this election. It's really heartbreaking. I will be doing my part tomorrow. :D

WMW said...

I heartily agree that Christians should not only vote but also be involved in culture-shaping activities in our world, and not just every 4 years!

I do question the premise and implications of the video, though. How can we be so sure these are the top 3 things to vote based on when the Bible says as much or more about so many other things? For example, 2000 verses about the poor and 25,000+ children dying every DAY of poverty-related causes, and that doesn't get a mention? And I don't think it's necessarily clear how personal righteousness and government action intersect; good people can disagree on how to work for these things. I feel this kind of message from the pulpit just before an election is meant more to push people toward one party based on a couple hot button issues than truly encourage us to consider the broad spectrum of things God values and how to bring that about in the world.

I will be voting for a committed Christian and faithful husband and father who will strive to help our nation look after the poor and vulnerable, including greatly reducing the number of abortions. I suspect we may be voting differently, which is fine--but it should illustrate that we share a desire for righteousness and on much of what that means but come to different conclusions about how to vote this year.

Regardless, thanks and kudos to you for having the guts to mention politics on your blog--I know it isn't easy to share these thoughts and risk dissent! :)

Wendy in Oregon

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

I'm still writin' in Martin Sheen.

I am Boymom said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the election.

I am Boymom said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the election. I find it amazing that anyone would forego their civic responsibility to vote!