Duty Calls

Have you ever felt like there’s just not enough of you to go around? You have numerous responsibilities including your job, your spouse, your children, your ministry, your laundry, your lawn (it’s right around the corner), and the list goes on. Sometimes it feels like everyone wants a piece of you at the same time! How does one get it all done?

Add to the list the difficult matters going on in our community, state, and nation. It seems as though unrighteousness is on every corner, and it needs our attention. You know you can’t get involved in every fight, but you probably feel like you need to do something. Pastor Wally recently told me, “I feel like I have my fingers in several holes in the dike, but new leaks keep springing up.” How true. So what should you do?

I don’t intend to give you a formula for figuring out all you should do, but I believe there is one aspect of these circumstances that’s vital. Our Constitution gives us the freedom and right to vote. It’s a unique method of government in world history that not only gives you a right, but a responsibility. In short, it gives you a chance to stand up for holiness. I’m not sure how many people see it this way, but I can’t help but recognize that God has given us a great opportunity to stand up for His standard by voting. We could have a long conversation about what this means when casting a ballot for government officials, but, at a minimum, we have a chance to communicate to our country what God says about certain matters.

I’ll get more to the point. There will almost certainly be a referendum in November on same-sex marriage. The Maryland House has already approved the bill, and the Senate will have no problem passing it. God’s Word is clear on the matter. The only thing left to do is make sure that we tell the world what God says. If you’re not registered to vote, you can’t make this pronouncement in a way that will change the law. If you’re registered, but don’t vote, the same is true. In fact, to sit back and do nothing will be your approval of same-sex marriage. Brothers and sisters, we need your help to stand up for righteousness. Very soon we will have a table in the foyer of MABC where you can register to vote. We’ll do all the logistics, you just need to fill out the papers. But you also still need to vote. Be responsible for the truth and vote against same-sex marriage; it will be a vote for righteousness.

Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10