Devote to the Vote

I want to remind you that Tuesday, November 3, is Voting Day. Voting has always been a big deal to me. The first national election in which I was able to vote was 1976. I took it seriously since I had reached the age when I could vote. I prepared for it by praying and then deciding on how I would vote. Also, I pledged to the Lord that I would always practice good citizenship by participating in the democratic process as a Christian committed to a free Republic. I urge you to make the same pledge—Devote to the Vote!

Practice good citizenship—but also practice your faith as you do. Vote according to your moral and spiritual values! Allow scripture and biblical principles to inform your voting decisions. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important this is for the future of our nation and the welfare of our community. I think this is, in principle, a part of what Jesus meant when he said, “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13). Our nation has never, perhaps, needed our Christian influence more than it does now. So cast your vote with your faith & freedom in mind.

Billy Graham, for many years, was the most influential spiritual leader in our country. (No one in the history of Christianity preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people than did Reverend Graham). Of course, he went home to be with the Lord a few years ago. But he will remain in our hearts as a beloved evangelist and spiritual leader. So we respect his final words on this subject in a press release on October 11, 2012—

“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles. I urge you to vote for biblical values and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.” (Billy Graham)

This is good advice for us all!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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