As you know tomorrow is election day! It is the biggest day in our country for sure, because what happens tomorrow will affect the future of our country. Now, how does this come into play with our student ministry and our church? How do we teach our students about politics and the election? I want to give you just a few thoughts about the election today that may help you address it in your church and student ministry.
- Politics will not save our country– Now, politics and who gets elected can change some of the direction of where our country is heading, but the ultimate need of our country is Jesus! Jesus will change our country way more than politics.
- Vote up or shut up– I received this from my good friend, Austin McCann, and I liked it. He had a good post on this same topic, you can read it here. Look if you are not voting, do not say anything about the election. I personally think it is our right to vote as Americans.
- Vote for Biblical Values– My desire is to vote for the candidate who lines up with the Biblical values that I hold the most. I feel obviously, because both candidates hold to different religions than our traditional Christianity, that you just have to vote for who lines up the most with the Bible. Neither candidate will line up totally with the Bible so teach your students and church members to vote for who lines up the most with the Bible.
- Respect other views– This is where I think we as Christians go wrong sometimes. We do not listen nor respect other people’s opinions about politics in many cases. I will stand and believe what I feel is right, but if someone sees something different from I do, I must respect and listen to their opinion. I do not have to agree, but listening and respecting their view could open up a conversation about why you believe this way.
- Know your stuff– If you are going to debate politics, make sure that you know what is happening in politics. Do not go by what you hear, check out the candidates for yourself. Listen to the debates, and vote accordingly. You need to know the different views of the candidate about foreign policy, the economy, and their religious views. Do not just say you are voting for a candidate because someone told you too. Know your stuff!