Summary: To show that it is important for Christians to exercise their right to vote and to do so in a manner consistent with the Christian beliefs.

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-We are less than a month away from election day 2006

-Election day is always a high day for our country

-It is one of the things that sets us apart from many other countries

-Some say Christians and especially those in leadership in the church, should not be involved in politics

-I couldn’t disagree with them more

-I believe Christians, especially those in leadership in the church must be involved in politics

-I believe that every believer in a free, democratic country as ours, has a God-given responsibility to vote

-This morning, to help you fulfill what I believe is a God-given responsibility for believers to vote, I am going to speak to you on the topic of “How Should I Vote?”

-Note: I will not be speaking about who to vote for or even what party to vote for

-To do so would limit the joy of letting God speak directly to you concerning this issue

-Also, to do so would damage or even remove our tax exempt status, affecting how your tithes and offerings are considered by the government

-In addition, I have not yet determined for this time how I am going to vote myself

-But, let’s all look together today at our text for some guidance in this area

-Proverbs 29:2

-Q: Did you catch the seriousness in that verse?

-Let me read it to you again

-One thing to keep in mind, when this was written, there was no democratic process

-Government Of Kings

-Thus, very little about how to vote directly in scripture, yet we can imply a good deal from it

-There are two corollary concepts in this one verse

1. Righteous leaders produce joy-filled citizens

2. Wicked leaders produce grumbling citizens

-When you think about it, we have seen this to be true, haven’t we?

-You see, we have the opportunity to affect change with our ballots

-For the good or for the better

-We can keep righteousness in place when righteous leaders rule

-We can keep wickedness in place when wicked leaders rule

-We can act to replace wicked leaders with righteous ones

-Or, we can act to replace righteous leaders with wicked ones

-Let me read one more verse of scripture this morning before we get into detailing how you should vote

-Proverbs 14:34

-You see, this verse carries the importance even further

-Wickedness in positions of governmental leadership not only makes the people themselves grumble, but it brings reproach to the nation from others outside of the nation

-Because of the seriousness of these two verses, let’s all seriously consider how a Christian should vote and make it our commitment to do so this year in the election at hand

I. Faithfully

-Every time the voting booth is open

-You see voting is a privilege as well as a right

-Earned by many at the cost of their lives

A. Your vote counts

-Elections are fairly run

-Election officials want for everything to run smoothly

-Without error

B. Your vote matters

-Even if your candidate loses

-You make a statement

II. Prayerfully

-Do we believe prayer works

-Do we act as if prayer works

A. Before you enter the voting booth

-Start praying now that God will direct you as to how you should vote?

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