Seize the Opportunity
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10
Opportunities are always before us, sometimes unexpected and other times anticipated, but they are all gifts from God for us to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and respond.
At My Faith Votes, we encourage you to do three simple things: PRAY, THINK, and ACT. It’s a formula for everyday life, not just for voting. As an opportunity arises, we seek the Lord in prayer, we consult with scripture to follow God’s principles, and then we take action on the opportunity before us, allowing the influence of our faith to be a source for good to those around us.
Too many Christians fail to see voting in this same light. We look at the dysfunction and corruption at the federal level and easily become discouraged that our vote has no impact and does no good.
It does matter. Let me tell you why.
The opportunities are plentiful. This year, in what many consider to be an off-election year, there are a staggering 81,000 elections taking place across the country. Last year, in 2018, there were “only” 70,000 elections. Each year, Christians have significant opportunities to impact their communities with their vote, especially at the local level.
The object of our faith is a firm foundation. We know from scripture that a house built on sand and anti-biblical principles will reap disorder and disaster. When Christians apply biblical principles in government, the result is peace and prosperity. The object of our faith is a powerful and good God who created every person walking the earth, invented the institution of the family, established the creation of the church, and he didn’t forget to offer guidelines for government (Romans 13).
We are commanded to bring the influence of faith into all our life. We know from scripture that our faith and our good works should be inseparable. James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” As we act on our faith, living out biblical principles in every area of our life, we become a source for good in our communities and our nation.
Let me be clear. The purpose of voting is not to advance one political party’s ideology; the objective is to use our vote to advance biblical truth for the good of our communities (Jeremiah 29:7).
What if we as believers began to see the everyday opportunities that God places in our path – including voting - as "opportunities of a lifetime," as opportunities to invest in eternity accompanied by a "divine guarantee" that our "investment" would yield priceless, ceaseless, unfathomably blessed spiritual dividends! I believe we would all seize every opportunity to do eternal good.
I encourage you to sign-up for the My Faith Votes Personal Voter Assistant on MyFaithVotes.org to be notified of every voting opportunity in every election in your area.