Elections are almost here. The part of me that does not like the ads, brochures, flyers and signs will cheer when it is over. The part of me that senses accountability is uneasy.
Every important privilege brings with it duties. We live in a country of freedoms. So, Christians have responsibilities to the government. Rom 13:1 says, "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities for there is no Authority accept from God and those which exist are established by God."
And responsible citizens vote.
In many countries, Christians do not have an opportunity to improve, correct or refine their nation, their state, or county through democratic voting.
Voting brings with it four challenges.
The first challenge is to vote for the man most moral. Morals are founded on principles of right conduct rather than legalities, enactments, or customs. Since my country is needing to return to the principles of right conduct, in the presidential race I must vote for the man following God's principals.
The second challenge is to vote for the man with the best employment program. God wants us to work. 2 Thessalonians 3:10. "For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat. For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busy bodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread."
Some states, such as Arkansas, can also vote for issues that keep their citizens working.
We should NOT vote for candidates who allow able workers to stay on welfare programs.
Challenge #3 is to vote against issues, or candidates, that will ruin people. Colorado shows was clearly legalized medical marijuana does not work. Law enforcement officials believe it results in more pain than it removes. In Arkansas, we need to vote against legalizing medical marijuana.
The final challenge is to vote for a candidate that practices good stewardship. Companies such as T.D.Ameritrade and Edward Jones are practicing stewardship. They manage properties and financial matters.
My bank helps me practice good stewardship. If I spend more than I have deposited, I am charged a severe penalty. Good stewards do not spend more then they take in. Nor do good stewards "gamble" with someone else's money (mine) in an attempt to spend their way out of debt. Will your bank let you spend your way out of debt?