Summary: This sermon is useful at election time. It encourages Christians to get out and vote!
our Vote Is Important
1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD,
Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts.
3To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
5The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
6Getting treasures by a lying tongue
Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
7The violence of the wicked will destroy them,
Because they refuse to do justice.
8The way of a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right.
Tuesday is Election Day.
It is our Christian duty to go to the polls.
Your vote is important!
I’d like to begin by telling you a story.
Miss Anne Fisher had been a grade school teacher for many years.
Her teaching career had begun in a one-room schoolhouse and now she was teaching the 5th Grade in a K-12 school. Miss Fisher had never been married and had devoted her life to teaching. She had a reputation as a strict teacher. Students knew better than to misbehave in her classroom. She kept a big wooden paddle hanging on the wall behind her desk and students had heard stories about how Miss Fisher would not hesitate to use it. The boys in Miss Fisher’s class believed that she always favored the girls in the class and she had never been married because she had something against men. In addition to all that, Miss Anne always sent the students home with lots of homework to be done.
More of that story a little later!
Tuesday, we will elect a new President...
or reelect the present one.
Either way, it will be a historical event.
Elections ARE an American privilege.
Sadly, a majority of Americans will not vote.
As God’s people and as Americans,
we must do our part
and leave the results in God’s hands.
In today’s sermon,
I have 2 important principles for the upcoming election.
Point #1. As Christians, we should be praying.
The Bible says that we should pray about for our leaders.
Those in leadership positions in this country...
were either put there by God for a purpose...
or He allowed them to be placed there.
There are 3 passages in the Bible that deal with this authority.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
1 Peter 2:13-17 says:
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men--16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Those elected to office receive a God-given authority.
We are commanded by God to honor our elected officials.
This does not mean that these elected people are perfect!
They will make mistakes!
God gives every person free will.
Each person can do what is right...or what is wrong.
God is not always pleased with what they do,