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Value Your Vote & Vote Your Values (Romans 13:1)
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Sunday, 07 October 2012 00:00

Romans 13:1 tells us that our lives should be subject to the governing authorities. The reason (“For”) Paul gives for this submission is that there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

In the United States of America, God established “We the people” as the highest governmental authority because by voting we choose our leaders who are then to defend and uphold our Constitution. Authority from God requires good stewardship and the responsible investment of our gifts and privileges.

1 Corinthians 4:2 states: Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
We could apply this verse to the responsibility we have as Christians in America to vote in a way that is consistent with what we believe.
In light of the upcoming election I wanted to consider a few thoughts with you today about our responsibility to vote and to vote in a way that honors God and His Word.

The election is coming and as Christians we should value our vote and vote our values.
Three issues I value guide my vote. They are:
(1) The “Life” issue: How does this politician relate to the issue of life? (Psalm 139:13-16)
(A related biblical moral values issue today relates to the issue of marriage.)

(2) The “Land of Israel” issue: How does this politician stand with regard to our relationship with Israel? (Genesis 12:3; Deuteronomy 32:10; Zechariah 2:8)

(3) The “Liberty in Law” issue: This has to do with what one sees as the final authority. How does this politician relate to our Constitution? Does he respect its authority or does he try to undermine it and get around it?
The second stanza of “America the Beautiful” ends with the phrase “Thy liberty in law!”
Our founders knew that the Bible taught that man was sinful and would become a tyrant and enslave others if left to himself. They understood that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! That is why our forefathers sought to protect individual liberty by building a system of checks and balances into our Constitution. We have enjoyed liberty because we have the rule of law and not rule by man.

I find it interesting that one may ask the same three questions about any theologian or Bible teacher to get a good idea of whether that teacher is worth heeding. We might refer to them as “spiritual litmus tests.”
(3) The “Final Authority” issue: How does the teacher view the Word of God?
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) For Christians, the final authority is God’s Word. It is the objective standard against which all doctrine and practice is measured. As with our nations’ Constitution, it is to be the final authority.

(2) The “Israel” issue: Does God have a future for the nation of Israel or do they teach “replacement” theology?
(Romans 9 – 11; 2 Timothy 4:1 – Jesus is the King of the Jews so His kingdom will be headquartered in Jerusalem.)

(1) The “Life” issue: How does this teacher tell someone how he/she might have eternal life?
(2 Timothy 1:1b; John 1:12; 3:16; 4:13-14; 5:24; 6:35, 47; 11:25-27; 20:31; 1 Tim 1:16)

Final Thoughts:
(1) Register to vote. In Oregon you must be registered 21 days before the election which would be by  Tuesday, October 16th.
(2) Vote your values. I suggested three values: Life, Land of Israel, Liberty through Law (the Bible and our Constitution).
(3) Your vote counts and you will be held to account for whether you voted and for how you voted.

 

 

 

 

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