Next week millions of Americans will vote for a new president, as well as congressmen, several senators, and many other official positions. But who should we vote for? (Excuse my informal English here.) Recently I wrote an Answers Update newsletter article (which we also posted to the web) to challenge people concerning the way they will vote. Here are excerpts from this article:
- First of all, as a Christian, I recognized that I needed to seek God’s direction, just as the apostle Peter and others did in Acts 1:24: “And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen.’” So I now pray today: “Lord, please guide me as I take seriously this great responsibility to vote.”
- Second, we need to remember God’s lesson to Samuel. It is not about how impressive a person is on the “outside”—it’s what is on the “inside” that counts! I was also reminded of Matthew 12:34: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and how important it is that “your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). So I recognized that as we consider candidates, we cannot see their hearts. Christians must evaluate them by their actions and words—judging those actions against the absolute authority of the Word of God.
- Third, we need leaders who are wise and knowledgeable. How do we determine that? God’s Word tells us that: “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10) and also: “The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Do they exhibit a reverence for the Lord and His Word?
- Fourth, and probably the most applicable to each of us on a personal level, I should not consider someone’s policies in light of what might benefit me materially. After all, the Scripture tells us: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).
2008 End-of-Year ConferencesI would also encourage you to go to AiG’s calendar to consider attending one of the remaining conferences/speaking engagements for 2008. I have two major events coming up—an AiG conference in Michigan (with Carl Kerby and Buddy Davis) and a Sunday outreach in Florida.
As well as numerous other speaking engagements and conferences for 2009, AiG has three special major events:
- Two Answers for Darwin conferences–one in California and one in Virginia–in February, around the time of Darwin’s 200th birthday.
- Creation College III—this July conference will be held in our local area and will consist of three tracks using all AiG speakers (including geologist and AiG Research Director Dr. Andrew Snelling). Track one will be a general creation/evolution/Genesis conference with keynotes. Track two will be in-depth presentations by specialists in their area. Track three will be our Creation College training program to train people on how to give presentations in churches etc. Be planning now to attend one or more of these major events.