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Wisconsin Family Connection
Week of October 25, 2010, – #858
A Vote That Counts in an Election That Counts
“…Select out of all the people able men, who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” So says Exodus 18:21(NASB).
You may not have known that the Bible talks about elections! Well, this verse is not actually about an election. In this passage, Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, charges Moses to find honorable men to set up as judges over the people of Israel.
So while the verse is not directly about elections, what an excellent reminder it is for us as we face an extremely important election on this coming Tuesday, November 2! We need to select honorable men and women of truth, who fear God and hate corruption.
We do not worship a Deity who has no interest in His creation—we worship a God who governs in the affairs of men. That’s us. God governs in our affairs. He is aware of what goes on in our country, our state, our community, our families and our individual lives. He’s in the soul business; He cares about people.
And people are significantly affected by public policy. In the school system, public policy determines whether children learn the truth about science, about life, about history, about so many things that shape their lives and their choices.
Public policy determines the extent of our freedom; freedom to share the Gospel, freedom to live our faith in the public square, freedom to raise our children in all godliness, freedom to protect ourselves from those who would harm us.
Public policy determines whether vulnerable, innocent people will be destroyed or protected. Abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, physician-assisted suicide—the legality of those so-called political issues is determined in the arena of public policy.
Public policy determines how the state treats children and whether the state promotes and protects marriage and family. It determines how well families are able to provide for themselves by what kind of tax burdens they live under.
Public policy can either promote or destroy free enterprise and the economy—which affects every single person. It affects the fixed incomes of our elderly family members and friends. It affects the income of the families who run small businesses. It affects the businesses of the employers who create jobs for the people who need them.
Public policy can determine the access we have to the health care we need—and that also affects every one of us. It can determine what kind of health care we have access to, how expensive it is and whether we can actually choose to have health care and health-care insurance or not.
These are not trifling, insignificant issues. People’s lives are significantly affected—
your life is significantly affected—by public policy. And who makes those laws? Elected officials do; individuals who are put into office by you and by me.
If we don’t take advantage of our incredible privilege to select the men and women who make the laws for us, then we really can’t complain when we don’t like the laws they make. I cannot stress this enough: not voting is a vote for whichever candidate you disagree with the most. In fact, someone has said, “Bad people are elected by good people who don’t vote.”
You’re never going to find a candidate you agree with 100% of the time unless you run for office yourself. You can, however, support candidates whom you agree with on most of the issues that matter to you. If the choice is between a candidate you agree with 80% of the time and a candidate you agree with 15% of the time, wouldn’t you rather have the candidate you agree with 80% of the time?
Of course you would. We all would! That’s why it is so important to vote, and to vote carefully, prayerfully and wisely. Remember, “…Select out of all the people able men, who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain...” What better admonition could we have going into the polls on Tuesday, November 2?
Do you need to find out where your candidates stand on the issues? Go to www.yourwisconsinvote.org.
And don’t forget to pray! As John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States and son of the revolutionary—John Adams—once said, “Duty is ours, results are God’s.” Amen! See you at the polls!
For Wisconsin Family Council, this is Julaine Appling reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”