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Democracy!

April 26, 2010

I have debated writing this post, but i think this needs to be said.

I love Canada. I am a true patriot when it comes to Canada.

One of the things I have struggled with over the years is people who do not take seriously our democracy. These are the types that say stuff like, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, all the parties lie anyway,” etc. According to statistics, during the 2008 federal elections in Canada, only 58.8% of the voting public turned out at the polls. This is unfortunate. Some people don’t show up because, “The same party wins in [our] area all the time anyway. We have had someone from [this party] in our riding for as long as anyone can remember.”

This might be the case. But that doesn’t give you the right not to vote. What if all the individuals that thought this way in a particular riding actually showed up at the polls. The results might be different.

So where am i going with this?

I live in what could be considered the Bible Belt of Canada, southern Manitoba. In our riding, we have had Conservative leadership for almost forever. There was a short stint with the Liberals, but for the most part, this entire section of Manitoba has been Conservative.

As Christians we have an added responsibility to vote, and vote according to a different standard. Allow me to explain.

In my great country of Canada, we have three main political parties, Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats. Some say that the Green Party is making a push for being the fourth main party, but who are they trying to kid? And Quebec has a party called Bloq Quebecois. Of course all they try to do is intimidate the Prime Minister by threatening to seperate from Canada until they get what they want. But I digress. There are of course a few independant people running in various ridings, and there are even some other parties like the Christian Heritage Party.

With so many choices, it sometimes seems overwhelming when trying to decide who to vote for. For Christians, this decision can be made a whole lot simpler, regardless of whether they live in Canada or in another country.

My moral compass, as a Christian, should be one of the most informative guides when choosing who to vote for. You see, I can think in terms of what I want for myself and how the party in question is best going to fill those wants, or I can allow the Holy Spirit to guide me, and vote according to a higher standard. For example: The New Democratic Party continually tries to cut taxes, and work hard to help the every man. Apparently. But the party itself is Pro-choice, so that means that even if the individual in [my/your] particular riding is Pro-Life, they may be required to “toe the party line” on the issue.

This means: Knowing that abortion is murder, voting for a party that is Pro-choice means voting for a party that is committed to murder.

When we start thinking with a moral compass instead of our own personal agenda, it can be quite easy to make these types of decisions.

I heard of an election recently in the United States, in Houston, Texas, to be exact. It was a mayoral election, and only 16.5% of the population turned up at the polls. This led to the election of Annise Parker. The headline on the Houston Chronicle read, “Nation watches as city becomes the largest in U.S. to choose an openly gay leader.” With a population of 2.2 million, this means that approxiamately 350,000 people showed up at the polls during Parker’s election. Allow me to ask a hard question: Where were all the Christians during this election? You can be sure that all the gay rights people showed up in support of Parker. And now Planned Parenthood has built a 78,000 square foot abortion clinic right under their noses.

This is just one example of how people have failed society.

It’s time to wake up to the facts people. When we as Christians fail in our moral compass, we fail society. Mike Bickle writes, “The crisis in our nation includes increased abortion rates, the attacks on the sanctity of marriage, the rise of radical Islam, economic pressures, and the massive trend toward compromise that is occuring in the Church. Compromise and lethargy in the Church heightens every other problem.”

It’s time to rise up. It’s time to stop compromising. It’s time to get out of a lethargic state. When called on by your country: Vote.

Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins, and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to North America.
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