Betcha’ never realized there were fiery darts concerning voting. Maybe you did but just didn’t realize those thoughts could be categorized as fiery darts. Anyway, here are some thoughts concerning voting that I would definitely categorize as fiery darts.
My one vote doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t make any difference if I vote or not.
I just didn’t get a chance to vote.
I’ve never gotten around to registering.
I’m too disgusted with the way government is doing its job, so I’m not voting.
Things are so corrupt that it does no good to vote.
I don’t care for anyone that’s running for office!
Read over each and every one of these and consider the final outcome of such thinking then you’ll understand why I call them fiery darts. If any of these fiery darts rules our thinking, then we will begin to devalue the importance of voting. And if enough good people (especially Christians) stay away from the polls, over a (short) period of time then evil will begin to prevail and rule! How do you suppose our country got into such a corrupt state anyway?
What if those in the military who we depend upon to protect and preserve our way of life, considered that responsibility as casually as we consider our responsibility to vote? If you are thinking these two things are vastly removed from each other then be aware your thinking might be influenced by another fiery dart. Namely,
Voting and fighting for our country aren’t the same thing.
I agree they aren’t the same thing and therein is the grain of truth that tempts one to embrace such thinking. If we don’t see voting as crucial to the well being of our country as fighting to protect and preserve our country is, then voting won’t be a priority with us.
And let me address the fiery dart about corruptness. I am ashamed of our government right now because many of our key leaders have forgotten and forsaken the foundations on which our beloved country was founded. Praying for them consistently isn’t the whole of my responsibility though! God has ordained a plan whereby those who are not leading as they should can be removed from office and replaced with those who will lead as they should. If we (especially Christians) don’t get out there and vote, then things won’t improve and America will be doomed. And don’t think we can totally blame that on poor leadership! Isn’t there a phrase that addresses this issue:
Evil prevails when good men keep silent or in this case when good people don’t vote!
Haven’t we had enough of evil prevailing? Are we yet ready to make some changes?
We can you know, if we’ll just go vote!
As Christians, let us ponder these words from Scripture.
Romans 13:1-2 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Deuteronomy 1:13 ESV
Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ (I think it’s worth noting here that we are to do the selecting [in our case, the voting] and God does the appointing [assigning the job]. Please notice the qualities we are to look for when we are choosing!)
Found this prayer on the internet and recommend it as we prepare for the upcoming elections.
O God, You are actively involved in every part of Your creation at every moment. Grant to all Americans a willingness to get involved in the upcoming elections, resisting complacency and passivity. Let each one know the value of his or her vote, and let each one exercise their privilege with diligence and faith.
–Amos 6:1 (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1963941/posts)