Why You Should Care About the Presidential Conventions

. . . Paris, Orlando, Michigan, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Nice. We’ve had a rough summer. Add to that—politics.  It’s time for the Presidential conventions. Will you watch? This is why you should:

God wants you armed with knowledge. He says in Hosea 4:6:

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Maybe you have always voted Republican or Democrat and you can’t imagine crossing over to the other side in the upcoming election. Maybe you have judged the candidates based on their personalities, words, and your ideas about their backgrounds and beliefs. Dig deeper. Watch the conventions with the idea of plowing through the rhetoric and zeroing in on both parties’ platforms—their contracts with the American people on the issues.

Watch and listen carefully. Take what you glean, and apply it to biblical principles. Think about which platform as a whole comes nearer to those principles. Then pray, and ask God to help you decide what to do in November.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV

i-wont-vote-forMaybe you’ve said:

“I’m too busy to take the time to make an informed vote, so I’ll just vote along party lines as I have in the past.”

“I’m disillusioned by the whole political process, so I might not vote.”

“Both parties and both candidates are corrupt, and as a Christian I won’t vote in this election.”

Republicans, Democrats, Independents—all of us are sinners.We live together in a world rife with sin. Our politics are often sinful. But, thank God, in this sinful world He’s set us in a country where we have the freedom to choose. There is no perfect candidate or platform, but each vote cast will help push America a little closer to or away from Jesus.

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:22-24 NIV

Consider these thoughts from philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

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Watch the conventions.
Arm yourself with knowledge.
Pray seeking God’s will.
Then, do something:

Vote.

[Comments are open, but please no comments about a specific party or candidate.]

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