A New Year… A New You
The New Year always comes with New Year’s resolutions. These are usually things such as: lose weight, read more books, eat better, spend more time with family, or save money. And for the most part we do well on these for the first few weeks, but by Valentine’s Day we have all but forgotten about these resolutions.
What if this year was different? What if we all choose this year to grow our relationship with God? I’ve never met a Christian that would say that they were as close to God as they could be. In this life we can always be seeking after God, always be growing in our relationship with God.
So how are we going to do this? How are we going to grow this relationship?
So these are some easy steps to achieve a New Year’s resolution of having a better relationship with God. At the end of the year, it’s ok if you miss a day here and there, but don’t make this a habit. Make it the exception. At the end of 2017, wouldn’t it be great to look back and see how your relationship with God has grown?
Can I Be A Christian and Vote For…?
Can I be a Christian and vote Republican? Can I be a Christian and vote Democrat? Can I be a Christian and vote third party? Can I be a Christian and not vote?
In an election like this, when topics like religion, abortion, economics, and Supreme Court appointments are all hot topics, who should I vote for or should I even vote? When it comes to voting in any election, we must first consider the fact that we are a follower of God and then weigh all moral and political choices through this lens.
If you were to ask your friends, family, co-workers, or church goers for their opinion, you would probably end up with as many different views as individuals you ask about who to vote for. They may stick to one political figure, one party line, or just not voting. What are we to do? Are we to just give up and not vote?
I believe that we need to do our homework and research each candidate for ourselves. We need to not get our views about each candidate from what other people say about them or from what the media says about them, but instead we need to search out each candidate’s views for ourselves. We should then search out what God has already told us about the issues. What does He say about the importance of life? What does He say about loving your neighbor? We then need to pray to God for guidance, just like we would on other choices.
We then need to remember that our work isn’t done when we push the button and finish voting. As Christians, followers of Christ, we need to remember that we are called to so much more than to cast a vote. Voting is a great privilege, however, we have to remember that this isn’t our calling as a Christian. Between election days for the presidential race there are 1,460 days. There are 1,460 days to pray for our leaders. There are 1,460 days to help hurting people. There are 1,460 days to love our neighbor. There are 1,460 days to bring those far from God into a relationship with Him.
We are called in Matthew 22:37-39 by Jesus to, “‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’’” This is all our lives, not just in politics. We are called to make an impact every day, not just on Election Day.