Summary: What are the five characteristics of a Christian voter? Check inside.
Hot Topics 2004
“Elections, Politics, and Christianity…”
August 8, 2004 – Wakelee Church
(All verses are NKJV unless otherwise noted)
Theme: Christians are supposed to get involved with politics! [Especially when God’s values are at stake.]
Please understand, we are not "preaching politics." Neither, will I be preaching about politicians (much!). This morning, I want to turn the direction back to us…the voter…and especially, those who claim Christianity.
Ultimately, politics offers little change, but genuine change comes through changed hearts, which only occurs as people respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But we still have polticis. And our Bibles tell us that God has ordained the system of civil government to protect the innocent, and to maintain proper order.
For our part, the Christian life carries a prophetic voice that calls us to shine light into dark places.
Jesus’ call for His people to be salt and light to a dying world covers every aspect of life (Matthew 5:13-14,) including how we vote and relate to our government.
We are to pray for and honor our government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3,)
Faithfully pay our taxes (Matthew 22:21,)
This includes working to promote Godly principles in politics and government
How do we do this? This morning we’re going to look at five characteristics of a Christian voter.
I. The Christian voter recognizes that God ordains leadership.
Romans 13:1-7 – “…For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God…”
As Christians we live in a theocracy…we follow one God, through one faith, and one baptism.
As Americans, we live in a democracy…actually more of a representative republic…where the will of people drive policy.
As Christians, we need to be a vital part in changing what it means to be American.
But as Americans, we have no power to change the basics of Christianity.
Its God who ordains. Paul goes as far as to call political leaders ministers of God. And even though there are times when our leaders fail short of their Biblically mandated call, God still calls the leaders to lead.
He calls them to speak out for the innocent (Proverbs 31:8),
To confront sin and moral decay (Proverbs 14:34)
It shouldn’t surprise us then, that in Deuteronomy, we hear Moses tell the people that the leaders should be in God’s Holy Word daily.
We, as Christians, are called to be good Americans, to follow and obey our government as long as what we are asked to do does not violate the laws and commandments of God. (Acts 4:19). God ordains our leadership.
2. The Christian voter gets involved!
James 1:21-22 – “…but be doers of the word, and not hearers only…”