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Jesus isn’t a Republican… (and why you should vote)

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I heard a statistic on Sunday that 60% of evangelical Christians don’t vote.**  The day before I heard about the thoughts of a young man who is passionate about his anti- government ideas and, yet, when asked if he voted the answer was no. I suspect he is not a lone individual.

It baffles me (and then it doesn’t) that more people don’t’ vote.  It wasn’t long ago that I was so preoccupied with my own life that I didn’t think about voting.  Later I remember thinking one little vote wouldn’t matter nor did I have one clue about the world, our nation or how it worked.  I was ignorant.  I’m still working to educate myself.

As Christians, who by nature typically care about people, how can we justify not voting?  Some might claim their prayer meetings for leaders and our nation is more powerful than any action taken in the natural.  Pray for our nation.  Yes.  Pray that it would be righteous and just. Pray her people are cared for and their liberties defended.  But prayer alone is not enough.

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; be warm and well fed,” but does nothing of his physical needs what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2:15-17

Praying for transformation of this nation and not participating in the privilege of voting is faith without action.

Jesus cares about government but he’s not a Republican, a Democrat, Independent or a Libertarian.  Voting carry’s with it the responsibility of staying informed.  It is not good enough just to vote party lines because Jesus isn’t associated with one particular party.  We need to educate ourselves on how our government works.

We might not like how it’s working but the ONLY way it’s going to change is if we participate.

In many states across the Nation tomorrow, November 5th, is Election Day.  If your state is having an election tomorrow GO vote!  If your state is not having an election tomorrow here’s your opportunity to get ahead on the issues that are important to you and how you can make a difference in coming elections.  Our government is complex and overwhelming, I still have a great deal to learn.  But thinking you don’t have to vote or that it doesn’t matter if you vote is one of the very reasons our country is not working as it should.

Are you frustrated with society, economics, education, immigration, insurance, taxes, restrictions and regulations… etc.  Then get informed and get involved.  Ask yourself, “What is the role of local, state and national government?”  Find answers.  Read your Bible.  Research online, get books from the library, and talk to people you respect.  But don’t believe everything you read – know your sources and use your brain.

Register to vote and then actually vote.  But only if you use a better method than “eenie, meenie, miney, moe.”

Complaining is worthless and prayer alone is not enough. Your voice is important and what you do matters!

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(**I was unable to verify this stat before publishing.  It could be inaccurate – but it  got me thinking, which led to this article.)

The problem with Christians today (and ever since Constantine)

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Christians today continue to sell Jesus as the answer to life’s problems.  But what many provide their convert is the way to do church losing the heart of Jesus and the freedom of His Kingdom.  This method of “evangelism” has become ineffective at impacting our culture where Christianity no longer has the largest influence.  Frankly, this was never good form.

For decades, Westernized Christianity ruled American culture through social pressure.  Divorce was forbidden, and many steered away from breaking the legal contract, yet fear of being shunned did nothing to bring wholeness and joy to marriage.  Stigmas that followed the promiscuous youth along with fear of pregnancy (pre free contraception and readily available abortion) was effective to curb the overt actions of some but did nothing to create purity in a generation.

Today, non-traditional ideas and lifestyles tout new social pressure.  Christian expressions of opposition to these ideas are taboo and in some settings literally outlawed.  Christianity was wrong to use it’s popularity as a method of conversion and control.  Similarly, Constantine legalizing Christianity, making it the religion of the state, was ineffective at creating a society of true converts in the fourth century .  Heresy was intolerable. Becoming a Christian was the way not to be killed or imprisoned or a new way to climb the Roman Empire ladder. Sadly, not much has changed in the hearts of mankind.  Church going is often used as a way to keep parents or a spouse happy, to draw customers to a new business or to help fund a political campaign. Church attendance may swell but it is not the “building up” of the church written about in the Bible.

Modern Christians need to let go of the illusion that conformity is indicative of a heart that has met Jesus. The tree of life is not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  These were two separate trees in the garden of Eden.  And the fruit of knowing right and wrong is not the same as the fruit of the spirit of the tree of life.

Christians need to stop pressuring people to agree with truthful statements and start introducing people to Truth.  Rules, regulations and behavior modification is more manageable and less messy than a relationship with a loving, untamed, passionate God.  But transformation, both individual and cultural, will only come with authentic spiritual relationship with the Creator.

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Do you feel Christians need to change their approach to better represent Christ?

Do you want others to know the Truth,  Jesus Christ, and not just learn how to go to church and “act right?”

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