Gospel Voter: Casting My Vote As an Act of Worship

Every issue is a gospel issue.  Our church teaches the importance of allowing the gospel to inform every facet of life.  That includes our public policies.  You see, we wrap up the gospel centered life in the phrase, living for the good of the community, the glory of Christ and the salvation of all.  We believe that the gospel compels us to live to bless.  
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare. – Jeremiah 29:7
The Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words to the nation of Israel as they were on the verge of being carried off into captivity.  Notice his words to them before they would be carried off into a foreign land.  Live to bless the community that you are going, be a blessing and a value add and at the same time pray that the Lord would pour His blessings out.  For as they are blessed, so are you.  Now we aren’t Israel, but we can take our cues from their example of how to live as sojourners in a foreign land.  As a gospel people, we live to be a value add in our communities and we are asking the Lord to bless our towns, cities and even our nation.
One way we live to bless is by taking part in our civil duties as a good citizen.  It is our Christian responsibility to influence the nation for good.  He told us in the Gospel of Matthew to: 
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
But the question is how?  According to Paul in Philippians, it all has to do with the “Stand Firm in the Lord”  principle.  One way we do this is to make the priorities of our King our own.  You see, we stand firm in Christ, when the things important to Him are also important to us.  So what’s important to Jesus?  According to the Word, He came to earth on mission to seek and save the lost.  His greatest priority is people, His creation that He loves.  
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  – Romans 5:8
I believe that every person has been lovingly created on purpose and for great purpose in the image of God and has immeasurable value to Christ from the moment of conception until death.  So much value in fact, that He gave His life to save them.  If the God of the universe died to save every person who would ever live, we must make the sanctity of human life an issue of utmost importance.  This must be the value that every believer takes into consideration when casting a vote.
Life is sacred and we must stand with those who are seeking to protect all of human life.  People are what Jesus values most, then this must be our number one value when we seek to elect leaders who will put forth policies to either uphold the sanctity of human life or destroy it.
Pastor Chris Williams
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