HOSEA 8:7: “For they sow wind, and reap a whirlwind. There is no mature grain— the sprout yields no meal. Should it produce anything, strangers would swallow it up.” TLV
OBSERVATION: Will my vote really count? When one looks at the current political backdrop of our nation they are either filled with anger or apathy. As we face a national midterm election of great import, many will simply stay at home and not vote. Why? They think their vote really will not count. What will be, will be. Yet, this attitude fails to take into account the principal of sowing and reaping.
A single vote is like a seed that is planted in anticipation of a harvest. If this seed is good, it will contribute to the overall harvest. If this seed is bad, it will contribute to the harvest’s demise. If the good seed is left in the bag, and only the bad seed is sown, the harvest will be one of weeds and thorns. The good seed must be sown! Your vote is a seed. Don’t leave it in the bag!
So what is the good seed and what is the bad seed? People will differ on the answer to this question. Many sincere people believe that their seed is good, and the other is evil. Political parties are split on these views. So to answer this question we must leave political parties out of the equation. We must appeal to a higher standard to define what is the good seed.
- “He presented to them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while the men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Now when the stalk sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. So the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’” Matthew 13:24-27 TLV
The good seed is identified with the Lord, the bad seed is identified with the enemy of our souls. As both seeds were planted, what differentiated them from each other? They both grew up and looked the same. Yet, one was different from the other. The difference was that one produced grain, the other simply produced more weeds. One supported life, the other simply strangled the life that was already there.
It is the principle of life that is the overriding principle in whether the seed is good or bad. Jesus proclaimed in John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” The Declaration of Independence was written by men who honored the principles of God’s Word and life. In its preamble it proclaims,
- “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …”
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are the principles that determine whether our vote is a good seed, or a bad seed. If our vote is cast for people and principles that diminish life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it is a bad seed, both politically and Biblically. If our vote is cast for candidates who best support these principles, then it is a good seed. It is a seed that will continue to promote liberty, equality, and freedom.
Liberty, equality, and freedom are not making everyone the same. It is not taking from one person to give to another. It is creating both an environment of freedom and generosity where everyone is lifted up, and where giving and charitable endeavors are rewarded. The government within itself will always lead to more limitations to this freedom. It can become a protector of these freedoms, or it can be the entity that gives them the final death blow. It all depends on the seed that is planted.
As you prayerfully consider your actions this November, please do not allow it to be an inaction. Please prayerfully and Biblically rise up and cast your vote. If you vote for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which includes religious freedom), then your vote will be a good seed that will stand against the whirlwind. Your single vote is a seed. It is needed in the overall harvest of our nation. Men and women have died so that you have the privilege of casting this vote.
This November – PRAY, VOTE, PRAY!
In Jesus Name!