Summary: Our responsibility to vote
CHRISTIAN VOTER RESPONSIBILITY
INTRODUCTION: Paul declares to Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:2-4 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
There are many reasons for the preaching the Word. It is the means God has ordained for others to hear the Word of God, and have their hearts convicted and trust Christ as their Savior. Preachers preach to proclaim truth, to instruct, and to bring conviction. The reason is that there WILL come a time when preaching will be ineffective. It will not have the impact on the world that it should have. Even now in these days I fear that preaching is losing its effect. People resist and do not respond toe the still small voice of God in their heart when He convicts their hearts and mind to the things of God. Resistance builds up, our conscience gets seared a little and it is easier to resist the Spirit the next time He prompts us to repentance and restoration. The results of this will be devastating. We know the devastation the last days will bring upon this earth. We need to be sensitive to this attitude when it creeps into our society.
James Dobson, in his pamphlet, Nine Key Issues That Will Shape Our Future, lists four categories and nine issues he believes, (and rightly so) will impact our nation as a whole and believers in particular.
1. THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – Abortion, Physician-Assisted Suicide
2. SEXUALITY – homosexuality, Sex Education, Pornography
3. MARRIAGE AND FAMILY – Taxing Families, Education
4. GOVERNMENT – Religious Freedom, Supreme Court Appointments
I believe the bible when it says:
2 Tim. 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
TRANSITION: Paul is not only speaking of the end times, he is speaking of these times. In Paul’s mind these are the end times.
I. UNDERSTAND THAT DANGEROUS TIMES WILL BE COMING.
A. Notice Paul says, “there will”
1. Not could be
2. Not might be
3. Not probable
4. Not possible
5. “take it to the bank” surety
B. God has given instruction
1. God has told you to pray for your leaders.
1 Tim. 2:1-2
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
2. God has told you to obey your leaders