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realitycheck200Some Christians stand up and confess “Jesus is Lord” prior to their being baptized and yet, when it comes to their political votes, they side with the most ungodly practices and demonstrate that Jesus is not their Lord.

In the book of Esther, we find a young queen who is placed in the middle of a scenario where she must make a dangerous decision. She could play it safe. She could reason that she is her husband’s wife and that she must always surrender to his will without question. After all, he is the king. But, sometimes, even the king makes wrong decisions. This king was misled by his most trusted advisor. (That can’t happen in our modern day, can it?) If Esther remains silent, her fellow Jews will be annihilated. If she speaks, she herself might die.  The following is how her uncle Mordecai responded to her dilemma.

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13, 14)

When it is time to vote, do you think that you can avoid voting? The sin of omission is still sin. “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17) There are consequences for sin, even for a Christian.

Listen carefully, Christian. God has positioned you for such a time as this. If you are able to vote, you need to first pray and ask for wisdom (James 1:5). That does not mean to pray the way you normally do; by telling God what you are going to do anyway. You need to listen for His answer. God answered Esther by speaking to her through Mordecai; then, she acted in uncommon wisdom and courage.

How should you vote? Consider what is on God’s heart.  You can find them in the account of Esther. First, if you can vote for someone who will support and protect the Jews (Israel), you will be standing with God. The second issue has to do with shedding innocent blood. Perform a Bible word study on the phrase, “innocent blood.” Then, vote for people who will not spend tax dollars on infanticide (you know what I mean) or euthanasia. Third, God does not want us to be weak, but to have the ability to defend ourselves against those who would do us harm. He calls His people to stand in the gap on behalf of the land (Ezra 22:30). Like the men who rebuilt the post-exilic walls of Jerusalem, we need to work with one hand and hold a weapon in the other (Nehemiah 4:17).

hscv_evansNow, if you are not looking to Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you can just ignore this article and vote for the devil. But, if Jesus is what you say He is to you, then you have a responsibility to stand on godly principles for such a time as this. 

I further recommend that you read the book by Dr. Tony Evans, How Should Christians Vote?

First published Sept. 18, 2012 by Al Goff