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A response to the election process

Over the past six months it has been interesting to see how Christians have approached the national election. (I do wish we cared this much about local elections.  School boards have a great impact on families.)

A few key concepts to consider—as we seek to approach the election as Christian Americans not American Christians.  We must remembering that our allegiance is first to God, that we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and then in reality aliens and stranger (1 Peter 2:11) in our country of birth.

Pray…

For your country

Personally I pray for mercy not justice. We may be citizens of a great country, but we are not, as a country, honoring God the way we could.

For leaders

They have been place in their role by God (Romans 13:1-7)

And somewhat convicting at times, we are called to give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Gospel focused prayers

 Ask God to do what He needs to do for His name sake and His reputation (Daniel 9:17-19)

Participate—take personal responsibility

Take personal responsibility.  Get out and vote. 

But also take responsibility by investing in your own community (see the principle in Jeremiah 29:7).

Providence—trust God

God is providential involvement in our lives, the life of our church and the life of our country.  He has a bigger plan, a plan to ultimately bring Himself glory.  Therefore trust Him—don’t fear or worry about “what ifs”.

Platform

As a church we welcome any who want to attend, regardless of political affiliation because we desire to make an impact on our local community.

As individual we should use our platform more to speak about the gospel then for political agendas.

It is easy to be consumed by political conversations and never share the gospel. Our society welcome political debate (even though they just those who disagree with them), but tell us that “religion” is a personal issue we should keep to ourselves.

You can discuss politics anywhere.

You can get information on whom to vote in many places.

But you may be the only sources of a clear and compelling presentation of the Gospel those in your circle of influence my hear.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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