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REGISTER TO VOTE
The purpose of this information is to help you take action. Think about what Jesus taught about engaging our culture as "salt" and "light" (Matt. 5:13-16) and participating in government as involved citizens (Matt. 22:21).
Based on His teachings and example, if Jesus were an American citizen, it would be safe to say that He would register to vote, encourage others to do the same, and then vote for the candidates who most closely represent His values. It almost goes without saying that He would pray for God's will to be done.
Since we are followers of Jesus, shouldn't we do the same? The Bible says: Christ is your example, Follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21).
VOTE YOUR VALUES
Every candidate has his or her own set of values and positions on key issues. Shouldn't you vote for the candidates who believe like you do when it comes to your values and the important issues of our day?
Think about it. Where a candidate stands on the issues is far more important than the party he or she belongs to and all the promises and slogans of the campaign. So here's the question: Does the candidate you plan to vote for share your values?
Remember, you will vote someone's values. Whose values will you vote? Yours or someone else's? How you vote really does matter. In fact, how you vote today will impact tomorrow.
PRAY FOR THE ELECTION
This election, as every election, will be decided by which "side" gets their base motivated and out to vote. While we should not underestimate the significance of this election; we can be assured there is no way to overestimate the power unleashed when believers commit to pray (James 5:15-17).
Here are some elements to remember when you pray:
1. Pray for a large turnout of informed voters who will vote their biblically informed values, beliefs, and convictions.
2. Pray that both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will responsibly oversee our nation's security; would address the immigration issue fairly; and would handle wisely our country's fiscal matters, including tax relief and responsible spending.
3. Pray for the election or re-election of candidates who share your biblical values.
Click here to join the "40 Days to Save America" initiative.
GOD'S WORD ON GOVERNMENT AND OUR PARTICIPATION
Select capable men from all the people -- men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain -- and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Jethro to Moses (Exodus 18:21 NIV)
When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. Solomon (Proverbs 29:2 NKJV)
You are the Salt of the Earth...You are the Light of the World. Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Jesus (Matthew 22:21 NIV)
Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. Paul (Romans 13:1 NLT)
Pray...for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. Paul (1 Timothy 2:2 NLT)
LEGAL DOS AND DON'TS
Yes, there are legal limits to what you may do, but your hands are not completely tied. In fact, you may be surprised at how much influence you can have. Here are some straightforward guidelines: What a Church May Do
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Prayer resources
- 40 Days to Save America
- Encouraging College Students to Vote
- Pre-Election Prayer Guide
- Prayer Guide: Ways to Pray For Our Nation
- The White House - www.whitehouse.gov
- U.S. House of Representatives - www.house.gov
- U.S. Senate - www.senate.gov
- U.S. Supreme Court - www.supremecourtus.gov