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Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

AMflag web         How long have you been “counting the days?” No, not the days to the election so much as the days when the “blood letting” will be finally over! Have you heard yourself say, “If I get one more of those phone calls, or see one more of those campaign advertisements, I will ______________. (The blank may need to be lengthened, but keep is sweet!)

         I hope you will get out and perform your right as a citizen of the greatest nation on the earth at every given opportunity; there seems to be more of them lately. While I have my personal opinion about whom I think should be elected, the bigger thing to consider at this juncture is the exercise of the right. It is one of the things people should take seriously if they want to continue living under the banner of freedom.

          Some may be thinking that this election is no biggie since no president will be elected this go around. However, every election is important, and one we should take seriously. That being said, some will still not bother making the effort. Sad! Some have definite reasons for not voting, and that is your right. But, many people in our nation are apathetic about it. In fact, many are indifferent about many things.

         Beyond the election discussion, but certainly inclusive in the thought, consider how offensive an apathetic life really is. Apathy is the great indictment of indifference and has long been the sin of the masses, and such an attitude cries out for justice. Jesus used the sin of this do-not-care attitude to illustrate those who will be lost in His Matthew 25 judgment scene. From the text it appears that neglecting the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned is tantamount to neglecting Jesus, and worthy of judgment, verses 41-46. It is not just the action of neglect, but the attitude that feeds it. In other words, sitting back and withholding engagement in the needs of humanity is a no-no in the Lord’s thinking.

         “The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge.” (Proverbs 29:7 NKJV) Stop! Read that again!

         Consider what others have said:

“If we once become listless to duty, we shall quickly become lifeless in it.” — Stephen Charnock

“If the doctrine of sinless perfection is a heresy, the doctrine of contentment with sinful imperfection is a greater heresy.” —A. J. Gordon

“Many Christians have enough religion to make them decent, but not enough to make them dynamic.” —Kenneth Grider

“Never before have we had so many degrees in the church and yet so little temperature.” —Vance Havner

“At the final bar of judgement the gravest charge that will be made against us Christians will be that we were so unconcerned.” —D. Martyn Lloyd- Jones

“Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.” —John R. W. Stott

“No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.” —Woodrow Wilson
“When apathy is the master, all men are slaves.” —Unknown.

         I remember the first time I voted in an election. I had taken a government class my senior year in high school, and turned eighteen at the end of the school year. That fall was a national election for president, and for me to cast a vote was something that spoke to my identity. It was a very grown-up thing to do. As I was at college away from home, absentee voting allowed me to say, “I am an American, and I have a say in what happens in my homeland.” While my voice was small, it was a voice—my voice—guaranteed to be heard.

         Speak your piece! Vote this Tuesday!

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