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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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Be a herald. Together we can make a difference!

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

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Beyond sex and devotions to Intimacy

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Intimacy has been a large part of our conversations lately.  We are planning to attend a Love After Marriage conference soon and have also been preparing for a long separation due to his job.  In the midst of work, travel, study, chores and parenting we have also been feeling the need for a new and closer relationship with God.  Intimacy.

We have been reminded that intimacy with God is so much more than devoting time. Sometimes it’s easy to go through the motions.  We are taught that marriage is a model of our relationship with God.  Often routines can become habits without heart, good morning greetings and kisses goodbye.

Sadly, as many have discovered sex can just be sex and not intimacy.  Likewise, you can read the Word, raise your hands in worship, make known your prayer requests, or seek His wisdom for the current crisis.   It can just be going through the motions. You can do all that and never have Intimacy.

My amazing husband shared a revelation with me last night.  He was reading in Matthew and a familiar verse jumped out at him.

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’  Matthew 7:22-23

Intimacy has nothing to do with how much we DO for God.  We can even operate out His power, prophesy and do miracles.  We can DO and DO and DO.  We can even seek to know all we can about Him and have a dedicated devotional life.  But did you see what He said?

“I never knew YOU!”

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He wants to know us.  He wants to have intimacy.  He wants us to open up and SHARE ourselves with Him.  Of course, God knows everything about us, even the number of hairs on our head at any given moment.  But His desire is to go beyond his omniscience and engage with what we want to share with Him.  He wants to know us.  He wants intimacy.  Like our own desire in relationship is that our lover would bare his soul with vulnerability, trust and honesty as we do the same.  No coercion, no agenda, no pressure.  Just Love.

I agree with Donald Miller’s reflection from Searching for God knows what  “I have sometimes wondered if the greatest desire of man is to be known and loved anyway.”  I believe in this bed of intimacy is the greatest fulfillment we’ll ever experience.

Are you willing to bare your heart, soul and spirit to the greatest Lover you will ever know?  He is too.

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