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Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
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VOTE!
 
By Bev Sandlin
 
Recently I was driving a couple of Amish guys back home after working on my barn. We were chatting about preparedness, tornadoes and floods, and their use of gasoline engines to pump water for their livestock. And then they brought up how Obama was a Muslim and not even born in the U.S. Then they went on to talk about how he caused the economic collapse and got the U.S. into two wars…
 
 
Well, I may not remember things like I used to, but Obama is a Christian and was born in Hawaii.  And it was Bush who presided over the economic collapse that started in 2007 and both the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war were on his watch. I corrected them (they may not have believed me because I am an “English” woman) and asked them if they voted.
 
 
“We don’t vote. The Amish are Plain People and not of this world.” The one said in almost a boastful manner. But they certainly had political opinions! And they both had multiple guns and lots of ammunition put by! And I did not get the impression that either of them would “turn the other cheek” if someone threatened their families.
 
 
Southeastern Minnesota has a large and growing Amish population. I have dealt with them for over 20 years with the horses and various projects on the homestead. I have watched their colony progress from just a few of the men being able to speak English (they speak a form of lower German they call “Deutch”) to nearly all the men, most of the women, and children over 12 being able to speak English—a welcome change! And I know that the Amish and Mennonites immigrated to America for religious freedom because even though they are Christians they were persecuted in Europe for not accepting the “state sanctioned” version of Christianity—much like the Protestants immigrated to America to escape Catholic persecution and/or the state sanctioned Church of England. Actually, preppers could learn a lot from the Amish. If anyone is interested, I can expand on Amish lifestyles…
 
 
I digress… I have one rule in my home: You don’t vote; you don’t have the right to complain about the state of the nation. I’m not going to tell you how to vote or what to believe. I consider that a personal choice. I expect truth in any conversation and mutual respect of opinions—no rants in my home!  That said, I am sick and tired of politics, half-truths, and self-righteousness political stances.
 
 
While studying God’s word I ran across this article on Christians and voting:
 
 
Should Christians Vote? Should They Donate Money To Politicians?
 
Every time an election comes around, many Christians struggle with whether they should be involved in the political process or not. Are believers supposed to be involved in the political/social aspects of life, or are we to adopt more of a ‘hands-off-and-pray’ attitude? These questions get even more convoluted if there is no clear choice of how we would cast our vote if we were to vote.   
 
As believers, we should seek to please God in everything we do, including how we vote.
 
 
Christians Should Not Let Political Views Divide The Body Of Christ
 
Politics often has the effect of polarizing people. It divides people into camps of differing opinions and passions. Many Christians believe that the Republican Party is synonymous with Christian beliefs. Some Christians believe the Democratic Party wants to destroy America or turn it into a Godless nation. Neither of these beliefs is true. There are many people in each party who love Jesus and seek to serve Him with all their hearts. There are also many people in both parties that have rejected Jesus and are rebelling against God in their hearts. It is not a connection to a political party that makes one a citizen of the Kingdom of God, but a relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
 
D. James Kennedy rightly puts his Christianity ahead of his political affiliations when he writes, “To me, more important than being a conservative or a liberal is being a committed Christian. When I vote, do I please Jesus with my vote?” (Kennedy, p. 13). 
 
As believers, we should seek to please God in everything we do, including how we vote.
 
 
Christians Should Do All We Can To Glorify God
 
Romans 13:1-7 tells us that the biblical standard for any government is that it is to be God’s servant for the good of the people. If the government that we are under is meeting this mandate, we should support it wholeheartedly. Conversely, if it is not conducting itself according to biblical standards, we should do what we can to change it.
 
 
One way in which we are able to affect change is to vote. We are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13), which means we are to be an influence on our society. Voting is one means by which we exercise that responsibility. Our government reacts to what it perceives to be the will of the people. If Christians do not vote, and those who reject God do, the message that gets to our government is that the people of America do not want God in our nation. Laws will be made that reflect a godless society because godless voters will be the force guiding the lawmakers.
 
 
We should also contribute money to worthy causes, if we are able. If there is some government program, or a certain politician or political party, that God has laid on our hearts to assist, and we can further that cause by donating money, we should donate the money. Once again, in all we do, we must seek God’s will before we act…
 
Christians Must Keep Our Eyes On Jesus
 
Regardless of the outcome of any election, our faith must remain in God, not government, to effect true change. The Constitution, even as good as it is, can never be allowed to replace the Bible as the authoritative rule for Christians. When we pledge more allegiance to the government than to God, we become idolaters. We set the government up as more central to our lives than our relationship with God. When we attach ourselves too firmly to any certain political party, we are in danger of violation our consciences in order to remain part of the group.
 
 
The government cannot give anyone what they ultimately need; only God can do that. Of course, we should seek to see His will done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10), but we must also remember that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). As important as voting is, our main concern is a spiritual concern. We are to share the Gospel of Jesus with a lost and hurting world and help them know how to live for Him for eternity. If, by casting our votes in an election or donating money to a political cause, we can make the life on earth a bit more like God intended it to be, then it is our Christian duty to do so.
 
 
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A smile for you…
 
The Wit and Wisdom of President Ronald Reagan
 
”I am not worried about the deficit.
 
It is big enough to take care of itself.”
 
—Ronald Reagan

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