I can hardly believe this year is almost over! As November arrives I immediately think of Thanksgiving and the reality that we should be thankful every day. As Thanksgiving approaches start now asking God to open your eyes to all the things you take for granted daily and be thankful for them.  I think of things like clean drinking water, hot showers, adequate food supply, a comfortable home in which to live, and the list goes on and on. More than those things I am grateful for a godly wife, two great kids, and the fact that I was raised in a Christian home. Those are things to definitely be thankful for!

I am also thankful to have been born in the United States of America and I am grateful for the privilege to participate in the election process each time we have opportunity to vote. As Christians we should vote, and we should not take for granted the freedom we have to vote. Also, as Christians, we should vote in light of our faith. To vote a particular party because we always have, or because our family did before us, is to deny a responsibility we have to honor God in all that we do.  Since we have an election this month we can honor God by going to the polls and casting our ballots based upon the values we have because of our faith in Christ.

It is important for Christians to realize that we are not always going to have great candidates.  In reality we are always going to have candidates that are flawed at best and sometimes very flawed.  Therefore, we must vote for the candidate or candidates that best represent our values even though they don’t exactly represent our values. As Christians, life should matter to us, and to vote for a candidate that supports abortion, if there is another option, is to dishonor God. The killing of unborn babies is an egregious atrocity and denies the value of a human life that God has created.

Secondly, as Christians, we need to support candidates that support religious freedom. Far too many in politics today want Christians to sit down and shut up when in reality we need to stand up and speak out. We should never be belligerent or condescending, but we must stand for the truth and defend the freedoms that our forefathers fought for in founding this nation. Vigorously support candidates that will work to ensure that we continue to have the freedom to practice and express our faith. If we don’t do so we will quickly find ourselves quarantined from the rest of society as though we were modern day lepers.

Pray for our elections this month. Pray that God will be glorified in our votes and in the results of the elections. God is on the throne no matter what happens on election day. I pray that the results will be His blessings and not judgment upon us. Let God lead you as you step into that voting booth and please, by all means, vote!

In His Amazing Grace,