Google+ 11/06/12 Pray, then Vote!

Acts 1:24-26

 

And they prayed and said,

“You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two

You have chosen  to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell,

That he might go to his own place.”  And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias.

And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. 

 

For those of us in the United States, today is election day.  Next to Christmas and Easter where we obtained our opportunity of salvation through Jesus Christ, this may be the next most important day in our calendar year.  We are all tired of listening to the ads, debates, and interviews.  We are tired of the tasteless jokes and lies.  So, what do we do now?  We pray, then we vote.  In the scripture passage above, we see the model of what we should do.  As a brief, historical explanation, prior to Pentecost, the casting of lots was a divinely approved method of discerning God's will (Joshua 18:8).  Proverbs 16:33 states "The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord".  After the day of Pentecost, there is no record of the New Testament church ever using lots again.  The reason is that the Holy Spirit, left with us on the day of Pentecost by Christ as He ascended, is to guide all that we do.  Truthfully, we as Christians should be able to come to a consensus by prayer and the Holy Scripture to any decision/election that is present.  Now enter "Caesar" and the electoral college!  A topic for a different day would be how much we have departed from the original intent of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  All but two of our forefathers were very active Christians.  28 of them held seminary degrees.  At one point four separate churches met weekly on Sunday in the Capitol Building.  Congress used to print the Bible and give it to every student who attended school.  Shall I go on?  President Garfield was once late to a session of congress because he was preaching a revival and recorded in a letter to congress the number of people that accepted Christ that day!  Thomas Jefferson, who was one of the two that did not profess being a Christian, signed his first treaty with the Indians to build churches where they could worship Our God after WE completed their Christian education. Before you go in to vote today (I am assuming that all of you will), turn over any valid US currency that you have and read it.  You will find "In God We Trust".  My question to you today is do we trust Him?  Is He first in our decision today?  No minister, including me, should ever tell you how to vote.  We should tell you TO vote and pray before you do it.  I believe that today's election, like many in the recent past, is all about God.  Christians should ALWAYS vote for Christians.  The most important characteristic of any political candidate should be their Christian walk and where they worship on Sundays.  If they are truly Christians, they will make Godly decisions and they will make mistakes.  When the mistakes come, they will admit them, repent, and turn from "childish" ways. Don't invite Satan into our political structure.  Friday night, I will be leading a program honoring a very special group of Veterans.  I know we will have at least 3 WWII veterans in the audience.  We will stand together and complete the Pledge of Allegiance by saying "One Nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all".  Don't dishonor these brave men and women who defended this cause.  Pray, ending with "In God I Trust", and head to the polls to vote and claim our country for God.  After all, it was His originally!