Scripture: So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:15-17

Luke 12:48 Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.

Be Informed

Have you been listening to the speeches at the Republican national convention this week? I have been learning more about the candidates from hearing the speeches and analysis on TV. Unless you are cut off from the media altogether, you can’t help but learn something about all of the candidates who are running for office in November, including the highest office in our land.

I find it very interesting that the first Mormon is running alongside a born again Catholic against the first sitting African American President. Our times are certainly a lot different than one generation ago, aren’t they? Don’t worry. I’m not going to comment on Mormonism or Catholicism, nor am I going to encourage you to vote any particular way for any of the candidates. What I want to do in this D-mail is to remind you of the great privilege and duty you have as an American citizen to vote, and vote intelligently, for the people who will lead us in the coming years.

I believe God charges us to gain as much wisdom as we can about the issues and candidates. In the next two months, there will be a plethora of forums from which you can gather information about the candidates and their stance on the many crucial issues set before America. I know that God wants us to pray for our country and the many candidates who are seeking office as well as for our fellow citizens who will be voting in November. I believe that God has given us the freedom to choose our leaders and the responsibility to choose wisely. Our vote can bring about good or it can support evil. The apostle Paul told the Ephesians (Ephesians 5:15-17), who were living in dangerous times as well, to be very careful how they lived. They were to live wisely amongst people who did not agree with their beliefs. They were to take every chance they had to do good to those people. He told them to learn what the Lord wanted them to do.

At this time in our nation’s history, we need to elect those who will seek God for guidance and learn what God wants them to do for America. If you have not taken the time to learn about not only the candidates for President, but those who are running for Senate and House both at the federal and state level, now is the time to do it! Read newspapers from various biases, read the candidates’ websites, watch a variety of news programs on TV, listen to the radio broadcasts that can inform you. Tune out the mud-slinging and get to the real issues. It is your duty as an American and as a Christian. If you haven’t done your homework, how can you decide wisely for whom to vote? And if you don’t vote your conscience, then you will be responsible for the life you will be leading under a leader you don’t approve of.

Luke 12:48b says, “Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” We have been given great freedoms in America and therefore, much is required of us as citizens to influence the future of our state, our country and even our world. Experience has taught us that much, hasn’t it? So, I charge you to do your homework before the first Tuesday of November. Take any opportunities to share your position as a Christian voter with others. And when November comes, I charge you to get out and vote – no excuses. If you don’t know where to look to find information on the candidates, please write to me. I can at least share with you the resources I have found to be helpful.

Prayer: Lord God, I thank you that I live in a country that allows me to speak my mind and find truthful information on those who run for government office. I lift this supremely important election before your throne. You know what our future holds in all phases of life. I pray that as you see into the hearts and lives of the people who will lead us, that those who have integrity and want to do your will will be elected. I pray that our nation will get straightened out financially, morally, and spiritually as we lean on you to make it happen. I pray especially for the Presidential race. Help us to know the hearts of the men who want the office and may the best one succeed to the office in November. And Lord, I also pray for those who are facing homelessness, danger, destruction, and financial ruin because of the hurricane and flooding. Provide for them, Lord, and send them help through your church. In Jesus name, Amen