Project 12

Discovering Discipleship in the 21st Century

Discipleship & The Vote

Posted by gkaiser on November 3, 2008

Regardless of your chosen candidate in the U.S. presidential election, true Christ-follower, disciple or not… real love for God, country and for that matter, world- is all about Jesus, not winning or losing

I had a friend recently send Wendi and I a brilliant email listing the top 10 things that would happen no matter who won:

Top 10 Predictions No Matter Who Wins the Election
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed teaching and preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him..
-God has approved this message!

Pretty right-on, no?! Further, it does seem a real follower of Jesus votes conscience, not simply on the basis of self-interest, status quo or under pressure of this or that group.

It must be about being prayerful, being informed, caring deeply about God, one’s neighbor as one’s self, caring about the world and the literally billions of people affected by our government.

I’m on record as being a fully independent voter and have been for many years. My wife and I already voted last week and were happy to be able to do so.

Many pundits have made much (and I think they’re correct) about how the younger generations of voters will or could surely make a huge impact on the election. In the near future we’ll know from stats how they did or did not. One thing I strongly urge- though there may well be times to abstain I don’t personally think this is one of  then. Younger voters are often frankly, not as willing to patiently stand in line, etc., but getting engaged in the political process is so very important I’m praying and encouraging all who are of voting age to show up and vote.

Just as a biblical disciple is a listener, a learner, so we must listen, learn, pray and get directly involved in the process that affects so many souls throughout our nation and world.

No matter who wins/won… pray for your leaders and ask Jesus to bless, guide and direct them that there may be a climate in which those who love and serve Jesus first may find favour to share Him in greater measure! Let’s also pray our younger people will become something other than angry, mean, cynical and fully DISengaged from the process as too many adults have.

Faith, hope and love will in the end conquer all- no matter who “wins” this or any election of humankind.

-Glenn

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