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Do All Things As You Would Unto Christ

This is Tuesday night November 10, 2020 which means we are one week removed from election night 2020. As of writing this article, there is no official winner of the election despite media outlets declaring Joe Biden the winner. This article is not about the election, directly anyway, but rather how we act and what we do as these things reveal who we are.

This article is probably going to set with many people the wrong way and that’s okay. Long ago, I realized that when we do things for God, we are going to say things that people do not like but I learned long ago that if I teach scripture and someone does not like it then I’m not in the wrong but rather, the other person is. After all, as Christians, it is not about what we want but what God wants as God’s Will Be Done.

Voting is no exception. This is not to say that Christ Himself would vote for a particular candidate which I do not believe He would as His mission, on Earth, was about saving souls but for us below, we should take our vote seriously. Look at it through the lens of a regular human being; we do want our particular candidate to win. This is normal and I this is the same with me but as I have gotten older, I realize that more important than the candidate winning is how we vote and what we are voting for/against.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020 and I want to thank all the men and women who have served in the military. One of the reasons that we are able to vote and enjoy all the privileges of America is due to what our military veterans have done throughout our history. Because of this fact, I believe that all Americans should vote but before we vote, we must be informed. We must engage in the process whole heartedly and just like anything else we do, we should do it with the right intent.

When we study scripture, we learn this is how God wants us to conduct our behavior: “Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you” (Deuteronomy 7:12). This is not something that we should take for granted. The most important issue for me, when voting, is which candidate stands up for my values. Which one represents my values? This is something we all must ask ourselves and if we are Christian, our values have to reflect what it says in God’s Word.

As Christians, as free people, we cannot take what God says for granted. We are told not to add or take away from His word and to keep His commandment. As Christians, we understand that the leaders that are in place are placed there by God: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1). This is a lesson that we must always keep in mind regardless what happens: God is in control. This is true whether our candidate wins or not.

If our candidate wins, we win but if they lose, we win as God’s Will be done. Furthermore, perhaps most important of all, we should strive to do all things as we do them unto God and this includes with voting. Voting may seem like just another part of our life that we do without any serious consequence but as we have learned over the last few voting cycles, voting does have real consequences. This is especially true as Christians too many of my fellow Christians, men and women alike, act as though they can separate their faith from voting.

As I grow in my faith and learn about scripture, this is a statement that cannot be further from the truth. The reality is we must vote our faith because if we go against it then we can vote for our demise and slaughter which has been done throughout history: “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation” (Hebrews 13:7). This scripture is dealing with spiritual leaders and as important as our spiritual leaders are, if we vote against our vote or for those who want to do away with our faith or limit it then we are voting for our own demise.

“….if we vote against our vote or for those who want to do away with our faith or limit it then we are voting for our own demise.”

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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