“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving me made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” (I Timothy 2:1-4)
Election Day will soon be upon us. Are you registered to vote? Do you plan on going to your local precinct to vote? It is predicted that much less than half of all registered voters will exercise their right and privilege to vote. Why is that? We’ve all heard the many excuses why some don’t bother to vote. Some of those excuses are, “Why should I?” “They’re all crooked anyway?” “The weather was too bad.” “My vote won’t make a difference.” “I’m just too busy and don’t have the time.”
Friends, the truth is your vote does make a difference. The truth is you do have time to vote. The truth is that it does matter if you get involved or not. It does matter if you do pray for our leaders.
On the eve of his inauguration George Washington said, “Integrity and firmness are all that I can promise.” Recently I was in a local business establishment inquiring about a product. The owner asked what I did for a living. I told him I was a Pastor. He responded by saying, “I want to ask you a question. How do people seem to be to you these days, better or worse? I find here that there are very few people with integrity.”
People of integrity stand out to that business owner. How you live your life, your attitude and your conduct also stands out to others. Someone recently said, “I used to say that civilization was going to the dogs. But I quit saying that out of respect for the dogs.”
Get involved, vote and pray. Take a stand for righteousness at every opportunity. Show someone the Way. You can make a difference if you try.