Prayer and Participation at the Polls :: by Holly Carnine Spate

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”

Those wise words were stated by a great patriot and one of our founding fathers, Samuel Adams. He, like so many Americans throughout our history, recognized that casting a vote is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is a call to action that should never be ignored or taken lightly.

It is our right and duty as American citizens to let our voices be heard. It is our heritage and our way of life. Great people have died and sacrificed so much so we can have freedom and our God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Voting is nothing sacrificial, but what those patriots in our past did was.

Let’s not let their sacrifice be in vain by staying home on election day. As people of a great nation, we are called to preserve our heritage and the many blessings we’ve been given so that future Americans and generations can reap the reward of those blessings.

As Americans we have a great responsibility, but as Christians the weight of that responsibility  is even greater. God commands us to pick leaders and platforms that best reflect our values and morals. Every Christian is called to stand for what’s right, be the light, engage, expose the darkness, pray and press on. It is our duty to act. It is God’s duty to answer.

Sadly, there are many Christians refusing to vote during this very crucial time in our nation’s history. There are those who feel they can’t vote for either candidate. There are those that have hardened their hearts and refused to pray and seek God’s counsel on the matter. It’s been stated that millions of Christians stayed home during the last presidential election. If those millions would have taken the time to go to the polls our country most likely would look very different from the country we see today.

One thing we all must remember is this: The Bible clearly states in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” There will never be a perfect candidate. All humans are flawed and all make mistakes, but God forgives and we’re called to forgive too. If a person is still having a difficult time deciding, consider this crucial nugget:

One candidate clearly is a voice for the Globalists and Elites and the other is a voice for Americans.

As Christians, we should be looking at the candidate’s platforms. The platforms in this election cycle are night and day from one another. One platform is for abortion, same sex marriage, open borders, illegal immigration, bigger government, freedom from religion. The other platform is against abortion, same sex marriage, illegal immigration, open borders and is for smaller government and allowing American voices to be relevant again.

This election is about what direction Americans want their country to go. And, as Christians, we will be held accountable for the vote we cast or don’t cast November 8th.

Please understand we’re voting for a platform. We’re voting for a way of life. We are not electing a Sunday school teacher to lead America. We’re voting for the candidate whose platform best reflects the kind of life and country we want moving forward. There are two choices. We, as God’s children cannot afford to sit this one out. God commands and calls each  of us to be the light, expose the darkness and stand for what’s right.

Christians need to stand together or we’ll have no America left and no freedom left. This is likely one of the most important elections in our lifetime and our history. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and future generations to stand on the side of right and cast our vote. This is real. There is much at stake.  God expects His people to vote on the issues that reflect our stance as Christians.

We’re voting to keep a way of life or lose a way of life. We’re voting to be silenced as Christians or continue to freely share Christ’s love with others. With one candidate, we keep these blessings. With the other, we lose them. It’s that simple.

As Christians, each of us will one day stand before our Creator and give an account for what we did or didn’t do here on earth. Will we listen to God and obey him? Will we take a stand and vote for Biblical principles and Christian values or turn our backs and bury our heads in the sand?  Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Thomas Jefferson wisely proclaimed, “ All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Let’s not be inactive, indifferent or silent. Let’s take action and raise our voices by casting our votes. Let’s do what’s right and put God back in our country and keep Him first in our hearts. With His presence we can continue to be a light and a hope to the world. Let’s pray. Let’s ban together. Let’s all participate at the polls November 8th.