CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: “You, Elections, and America’s Future”

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! (Psalm 33:12)

 

On November 3rd of this year, important national, state and local elections will likely chart the direction of our nation for years to come. Why? Simply because the respective platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties display stark contrasts. 

In a series of three articles, I’d like to address these questions: 

  • Article 1: As a United States citizen, should I vote? 
  • Article 2: Can I really find out the truth concerning the issues that our politicians are speaking about?
  • Article 3: Does the Bible contain principles that can help me know how to vote on some of the hotly debated issues? 

It is historical fact that our Founding Fathers sought God’s wisdom as they established our great country—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and many other writings surrounding the early years of our country strongly validate their dependence on Divine Leadership. The result was the founding of a democratic republic that provides freedom and opportunities unparalleled in world history. 

The essence of the government our forefathers established is the precept that the United States is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” As such, every citizen has the right to vote. Even with the division prevalent in America today, we are still living in the greatest country on earth. Your vote is essential toward maintaining our liberty and strength as a nation. 

Unfortunately, many Americans cite reasons not to vote. I mention two:

  • I don’t like either of the candidates. Please don’t fall for this excuse. If you don’t like either candidate, hold your nose and vote for the candidate you believe will be better for America—at the local, state, or national level. Failure to vote means that you forfeit your voice in determining America’s future. Think about it. If the elections don’t go the way you hope, you don’t have any grounds to complain because you didn’t vote. 
  • I’m a Christian—or a person of some other faith— and I’ve been told that politics and religion don’t mix. I’ll leave the voting to others. This is simply not true. You and I are fortunate enough to live in a free nation where our political system is founded on the belief that every citizen can have a voice through casting a vote at the ballot box. Multiplied thousands of Americans throughout our history have fought and died to protect our freedoms, to include the right to vote—others have suffered wounds. Some people are trying to silence God’s influence in America, especially in the way our government is run. Don’t let that happen. Please don’t remain silent. Your vote is your voice. 

 

Please note carefully: I’m not telling you how to vote. I’m simply encouraging that you, as a citizen of this great country, get out and vote.  

 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for allowing us to live as citizens of this great country, the United States of America. We are not a perfect country—we certainly have our flaws. But Lord, our nation has its heritage in you. Even our currency still says, “In God We Trust.” In your sovereign power and mercy, please help us continue to trust your wisdom and guidance as we approach these upcoming elections. 

In Your precious and Holy Name. Amen.


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