Why You Should Vote7 Comments
November is fast approaching and one of the biggest presidency run is well underway. Some have indicated that this may be the hardest political decision this country has ever seen and many voters remain undecided as to who to vote for. But Pastor Dan Hendley of North Park Church in Wexford, PA offers 5 key biblical points on voting in the upcoming election.
- 1. When you first walk into the polls, remind yourself about how blessed we are. Give thanks to God for the mercies he has bestowed upon us as a nation. Give thanks that we have the ability to influence the direction of our government. Be thankful that you may walk into a polling place without persecution. This is a right that many do not have.
- 2. Think to yourself to what the candidate say about us as a people. Think about what it means that our government expects its citizens to not only allow but to pay for roughly 1 million abortions per year.
- 3. Remember how bad things have gotten in our nation, but think, too, about how much bigger than our problems is our God.
- 4. Think about your responsibility. You have the power!! We all participate in the governing process so that laws are made by us! When God speaks in the Bible to rulers, governors, and kinds, He is speaking to YOU! Romans 13 says that we have been given the sword to minister the injustice and vengeance of God upon evil doers. In a government of, by, and for the people, political passivity is pure negligence because we have an opportunity in November to promote what is right and just and good.
- 5. Remember the golden rule. Think about the great commandment to love thy neighbor. So don’t vote on just what is best for our personal or group interest but what will promote the common good. And most of all, we are to vote with regard to the disenfranchised—that is for those citizens who have no vote at all, primarily our children. So, which candidate will do the most good OR will do the least harm. What about those who say they can’t, in good conscience, vote for either candidate? A fallen world often puts is in situations that are highly uncomfortable. Pastor Dan asks “Do you think Harry Truman slept well after giving the orders to bomb Hiroshima?” Life throws enigmas our way but the guiding question is, “What will best promote human flourishing?”
But as a voter, you need to listen to what the candidates say. Watch what they have done and are doing. And make an informed but fallible judgement and the goal of that judgment is to promote the common good!
Listen to Pastor Dan’s full sermon here.
*Adapted from Pastor Dan Hendley's September 11th sermon.