November 4, 2012
"Call to Integrity"
Read Psalms 75:4-7; 78:70-72.
On Tuesday, November 6, Americans go to the polls to vote on issues and people to
govern them. As we prepare to vote, let us consider God's standard for electing
our government leaders.
First, we are Citizens of Two Kingdoms. 1) Read Philippians 3:20, "Our citizenship is in heaven. And we
eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." We live today in the
light of the expectation of Christ's coming again. 2) But even though we are expecting
Christ to return and take us home, we still have obligations in the here and now.
I Peter 2:4-12 reminds us that we are God's chosen people
and His purpose for us now is to make a difference in the world. 3) Matthew 22:21 teaches us to "give to Caesar what is Caesar's,
and to God what is God's." This is a reminder that as Christians we need to keep
our priorities straight. 4) Romans 13:1-7, "Everyone must submit to the governing
authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established." a)
God has set up governments for good purposes, not evil. b) In a free society,
we have a responsibility to participate in the selection of our government.
c) We sometimes have ourselves to blame for bad government because we have not done
our job as free people in their selection and accountability.
Second, God has Standards for Electing Government Officials. 1) Don't vote
for people who show the following defects. a) The arrogant, the wicked, the
ungodly and the rebellious. Read 75:4-5. b) Why not? "No one can exalt a man."(75:6)
God is ultimately in control. Also "it is God who judges: He brings one down, He
exalts another (75:7). In other words, each one is accountable for his/her own actions.
The bottom line is power reveals the heart of a person. 2) Vote for those
who show integrity. (Read Psalm 78:70-72). a) God chose David because he
served God even though he was a shepherd boy. He took him from the sheep pens."
David was faithful in little things; so God exalted him to greater things.
b) Read Matthew 25:14-30, "You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things. c) Compare I Samuel 16:1-13. Read I Samuel 13:14, the Lord sought out a man after His
own heart. Compare Acts 13:22, "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after
My own heart." d) A few years ago, a young man in Mercer, 19 years old, ran for
the council seat. When asked why, he replied, "I want to give something back to
the community and get young people involved in government. 3) We must consider the
outcome: how he/she did as a leader. a) "And David shepherded them with
integrity of heart; with skillful hands, he led them" (Psalm 78:72). "Integrity"
means honesty, sincerity, uprightness; wholeness, proven character; dependability.
Third, Go Vote. 1) I am not here to tell you for whom to vote. 2) I am here
to say that each of us has a God-given duty and privilege to vote as free citizens
in a free land. 3) Your vote does count – Go and Vote – make a difference! And Pray
for God's will to be done.