Walking My Talk…
As a minister, I get all kinds of questions: “What do you think about this?” “What would you do about that?” “What does the Bible say about this?” “What do you think about the election?” The first three, I have no problem answering. The last one, I choose to refrain from giving out my political views. From my lifestyle, people can pretty much guess a lot of my views, but I do not think it is my place to TELL someone HOW they are to vote. BUT, as a minister, as a Christian, as a citizen of the United States of America, I believe it is my duty to encourage each and every adult who is eligible to vote to do the following:
- Pray, pray, pray and pray some more! Our decisions need to be a matter of conscious. They should match our Christian beliefs, and not political huplah. They also should be guided by what we believe the Lord would have us to do – knowing He is ultimately in control.
- Don’t put others down because they do not believe like you do. During this tumultuous election season I have seen families fight; friends distance themselves due to differing beliefs and actually even quit talking to each other. WRONG! Christ would never have us behave that way. I have actually heard people say that if you vote this way or that way you aren’t a Christian. My Bible teaches me: “thou shalt not judge.” Don’t agree with someone – agree to disagree!
- Vote! Period end of it! Don’t use excuses like” “My vote won’t count anyway.” “I don’t want either of them.” Or, “I’m too busy, etc.” VOTE! If we don’t vote, we are a part of the problem, not the solution.
- When the election is over, PRAY! Pray for the new leadership-whether you like them or not. We are instructed scripturally to pray for our authority. Pray for our country. Pray for the Christian community – that we will be a true light in these dark times.
As a minister, as a Teen Challenge Director, I get concerned about our religious freedoms. I want to always have the freedom to share the Gospel to those who are hurting; to those who are hopeless; to those in need of Christ. This is something I actively pray about, but I also need to act. In this case, the way I can act is to do my part as a citizen of our great country. Many men and women have paid the ultimate price for me to be able to have the freedoms I have – my way to honor their sacrifice is to take advantage of those freedoms. To me, this is just part of “walking my talk!” #talk’scheap;actionsreap