I Voted Early

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, October 19, 2018

Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 GNT)

My family and I voted yesterday. It was a joy to go vote early with my wife and daughter. For weeks we’ve been talking about how crucial it is to let our voices be heard about what is going in our country with our vote. After we cast our ballots, we received a sticker that says: “I voted early.” Our church has been encouraging people to register to vote, and on the first day of early voting, many of the people who attended our Wednesday night Bible study had already voted.

Sadly, many people will not vote. Yet I’m sure many of them will have some type of grievance with some of the politicians leading our nation. Some people will not vote because they don’t think it will make a difference. I strongly disagree with that position. Even if we were living under a dictatorship, our vote would still matter. Voting is our way of expressing our freedom of conscience. Though we may not be able to determine what people do with our vote yet, we have to exercise our God-given right to choose the people we want to represent us.

When a person gives his or her life to Jesus Christ, they are voting early for Jesus to be their God. Then they become citizens of the kingdom of God with full rights and privileges according to the promises of Jesus Christ. Those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are also voting early to remain under the dominion of the ruler of darkness. Their rejection of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is a vote for Satan to continue to influence their lives.

By the time I was six years old, I already voted for Jesus. My mother raised me to be a follower of Jesus Christ and a citizen of heaven. Since that time, my priority has been to live in union with Christ. My mother taught me how to keep my roots deep in Christ. She encouraged me to build my life on Christ. Now, I have become stronger in my faith because of what my mother taught me.

The earlier we vote for Jesus, the deeper our spiritual roots will grow, and the stronger our faith will become. That is why it is important to train up our children early in the way that they should go; and when they are old, they will build their lives on Jesus Christ and not depart from the Christian faith (see Proverbs 22:6). We should teach our children why they should choose Jesus, and live a Christ-centered life so they can look at the benefits of having Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives.

My son cannot vote in this election cycle because he is a minor. But when he was ten years old, he gave his life to Jesus Christ and was baptized into the Christian faith. Ever since that time, I have been teaching him about how to live in union with Christ so he can grow deep spiritual roots. This past weekend, I took him with me to help victims of Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina. After we cleaned this one house, he volunteered to pray for the owner of the house. At that moment I realized he is growing deep spiritual roots in the Lord. I know it will take a while for him to fully understand the significance of the choice he made to choose Jesus, but I can already see the fruits of his early vote for Jesus.

Have you voted for Jesus yet? An early vote for Jesus is a vote for eternal life, for peace, and for everlasting joy. When we make Jesus our heavenly representative (mediator), we are guaranteed protection on earth and eternal life in heaven. Cast your spiritual ballot for Jesus, and you will have victory over enemies seen and unseen. Don’t wait for tomorrow. There are a lot of people who don’t vote because when they get to the voting place, the line is so long they get discouraged and go home. Don’t wait until there is terminal sickness in your body, dysfunction in your life, devastation in your family or finances before you choose Jesus. The sooner you vote for Jesus, the less complicated your life will become.

There is a lot at stake in this midterm election. Some would even say that the future of our democracy depends on the outcome of this election. In the same way, our present circumstance and eternal destiny depends on whether or not we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Therefore, we have to encourage friends and loved ones to vote for Jesus.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, grant us wisdom to live in union with you. May our roots continue to grow deeper in you as we grow stronger in our Christian faith!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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