by Bob Dasal
"But you should also look among all the people for able and God-fearing men, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain, and set them as officers over groups of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens" (Ex. 18:21 NIV).
The books of Genesis and Exodus record the story of God's call of a man, a family, and then a nation to follow Him and live their lives according to His precepts and principles.The choice to follow or not to follow affected them, their children, and their children's children. When they disobeyed His commandments the results were devastating. The history of Israel demonstrates how leadership is always a key factor in the life of a nation. Their fall as a nation was directly related to the lack of godly leadership.
Today the United States is experiencing the best of times and the worst of times. Economically things have never been better, but morally never worse. Without a spiritual renewal that brings us to a fresh awareness of the godly principles on which the nation was founded, the moral decline will accelerate and today's only "super-power" will collapse from within. We stand at a pivotal point in our nation's two-hundred-and-twenty-four-year history.
What should the Christian's perspective and participation in government be? There are a variety of opinions about this, but our concern is the upcoming election.
Much has been said and written about the "right to vote." History reminds us this "right" came at a tremendously high cost-the lives of thousands of young Americans. But in the coming election the issue is not the "right," but the "responsibility." Because one vote can make a difference, locally and nationally, Christians need to go to the polls on Election Day.
Because of the importance of this election (not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren) pastors should both encourage and admonish their people to become fully informed about issues and candidates, and to go to the polls and vote.