Voting this Election? Yes, of course.

OK, I know there is much to debate about this election.  And I know that many Christians are bewildered.  Well, let me just say that while we still have the right to vote, we Christians should Vote!  If not, then whose worldview will be heard the most?  

There are many candidates in this election, and many state and local issues are at stake. We who have worldviews formed by the Word of God and His Spirit within us, ought to educate ourselves and vote in a way that glorifies God and loves our neighbor.  I wrote an email to our church family today, and I will copy it here.  Thanks for reading...and praying.  Remember, Christ will still be King on November 8th and 9th (and next January too)!  Come, Lord Jesus.

Good morning church family and friends,

On Sunday, October 2nd, we heard about the CarePortal Ministry during our Missionary Moment.  The Elders agree that this could be a valuable community ministry which will potentially reach many with the love of Christ.  Diane Bachman is our Point Person for this ministry and she wanted you to read this email before this Sunday:

Hi everyone,

Our church has chosen to support CarePortal's ministry. We will be joining a nationwide ministry helping those in need in our community, and El Paso County is the first in Colorado. You are welcome to check it out further at careportal.org

So if you'd like to join in this ministry, please turn in your name and email address this Sunday on the Note Card that will be provided in Sunday's Bulletin. You will not begin to be notified until November 14th. We will get a request from DHS and will forward it out through the email list. DHS will let us know if our church will deliver whatever is requested, directly to the family or to DHS.

If you have any other questions, please let me know. I look forward to seeing how God will use us to bless those in need in our community. All He asks is if we're willing to step out in faith. You can also email Diane at:  bachs4.db@gmail.com

Praying with you,

Diane

Also, this past Sunday I referred to the Colorado Voter Guide (Blue Book) which details all the state Amendments and Propositions which will appear on our 2016 Ballots.  It is important that we as Christians voice our godly worldview by voting.  There are many issues that will affect Christians in terms of religious liberty, the value of human life, etc... and our voices matter.  I have copied and posted a few links below to help us educate ourselves on these key issues and party platforms for the 2016 election.  I also included a link to a good article from Desiring God about voting as well.

While we know that Christ is our King, and we await the full experience of His Kingdom when He returns, we must live and bear witness to the world today. We are called by God to be His living and breathing witnesses to people everywhere who walk in spiritual darkness, blind to His glorious truth.  Let us not be ashamed of our Biblical convictions as we humbly share His love and truth with them.  One way to do this is to vote our convictions which are formed through our understanding of God's Word.  May His righteousness be treasured in our hearts and on our ballots. Please visit these links prior to voting.

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cga-legislativecouncil/ballotblue-book

National Issues:   http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16I163.pdf

EXCELLENT READ:   http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/you-cannot-vote-your-conscience

Here's an excerpt... 

For Love of God and Neighbor

A proper, biblical understanding of the conscience should lead Christians in the opposite direction. Instead of washing our hands of the hard work of making difficult decisions, we should be eager to give voting its due diligence and offer up our leanings against the law of God for evaluation. The Christian’s conscience is tethered to God’s law. That means that the conscience always speaks to the summary of God’s law: love God and love your neighbor (Matthew 22:37–40), which is a helpful grid to consciously consider for any election: Which vote (or no vote) will be the truest expression of my love for God and desire for my neighbor’s good?

For His glory and our witness to the world,

Pastor Tom

  For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, (Acts 17:23-27 ESV)

THIS is also a good read for Colorado voters:  http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/29964

Posted on October 12, 2016 .