by Tim Greenwood
First understand that when you vote for a candidate, you are entering into a covenant with him or her. What this means to us is that we are partnering with them. That to an extent, should mean that we stand for what they stand for. Or that they stand for what we stand for.
Our system is really pretty simple. We ask the question, "Which issues are the most important to God?" Going by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we believe that God is primarily concerned with the moral issues of today. So we look at that first. And the issue that seems to have the greatest moral implication today is that of abortion.
Abortion is NOT a political issue!
For instance: In the last election here in California, we selected as our next most important moral issue, 'the mandatory teaching of homosexual lifestyle in California public schools.'
The second question we ask is, "Which issues might affect our basic Constitutional Freedoms?" Because those freedoms are what provides us with all the legal protections we have to insure our right to even vote, to speak out against and seek redress from a government grown out of control and belligerent to Christians.
Freedom of Religious expression is NOT a political issue!
So, using the internet, we do some research as to what the candidates 'believe in' based upon:
This process usually eliminates so many candidates that we rarely have to go much further than this.
After we eliminated those candidates that were in favor of this we had our voting list.
If one studies the economy over time, they will see that party politics really have absolutely nothing to do with the rise and fall of the economy.
The economy just flows in fairly predictable cycles that follow the
principals of sowing and reaping, blessing and cursing.
The only time we ever vote the money is when that IS the only issue - such as voting on bond issues. And even then we give a lot of weight to who is BACKING it those issues.
Well that may seem a little simplistic to some of you but it works for us and I believe it helps us to vote as God would have us vote for our benefit as well as the benefit of our nation.
Right now we as Christians have
an extremely rare opportunity
IF all Christians in the U.S. were to vote as a block -
(Doesn't sound much like Christ to me!)
If we don't vote, we are abdicating control of our religious freedoms
into the hands of those that actually see us as a threat to their secular-humanist
We whole-heartedly believe that God will hold us responsible for how
we vote and if we do not vote.
Are You Registered To Vote?
Your Vote Counts...even if YOU don't cast it! But to vote you must first register. The deadline for voter registration is fast approaching. If you have not registered to vote, please consider doing so NOW. Our country needs the participation of every believer on Election Day. Exercise your right of freedom and faith by voting in November.
You may register locally, or go to "www.congress.org" for instructions on how to register online. (Note: Congress.org is a public service Web site. Tim Greenwood Ministries is in no way associated with this site, and does not endorse any particular political candidates.)
So, if you are not registered to vote, get registered. If you believe that the Democratic Party best represents how God would have you vote, then register as a Democrat. If you believe that the Republican Party best represents how God would have you vote, then register as a Republican. And so on for all the parties. If you are not sure - and don't want to be locked into any one party, register as INDEPENDENT! If you signed up and change your mind - you can change your registration.
HOW you vote is between YOU and GOD!
It is our hope that this has been a help to you or at least an insight
into another way to look at voting.