Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vote: Taking Your Faith to the Polls

The United States of America is a representative democracy. This is a form of government were elected officials represent a group of people, making decisions and policies on their behalf. Jesus was not born under this type of government.

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria)" (Luke 2:1-2).

Jesus was born under the rule of the Roman Empire, which three decades earlier had shifted from a republic, governed by a senate, to what we would call a monarchy, ruled by an emperor. There were no Republicans or Democrats, and, to be sure, Jesus never cast a ballot. So it is easy to understand both the confusion among believers about their responsibility in our political system, as well as the tendency to keep faith and politics separate.

However, Jesus is Lord over every area of life—including politics—and His Word, the Bible, speaks to our relationship to our government and outlines clear principles for our particular political context. To help you think biblically about your role in the upcoming presidential election, which is only 75 days away, this Sunday we are starting a new four-part series titled Vote: Taking Your Faith to the Polls.

 We hope you'll join us for these helpful and timely messages!

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