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Devotional: April 14th

VOTE

Today is the first Tuesday of November in the good old U. S. of A. That means that today is Election Day. And not just Election Day but Election Day when the President of the good old U. S. of A. is chosen as well as a number of other officials in federal, state, county and city elections. Late tonight there will be any number of people who will be celebrating while there will be others who will be dejected.

My concern is for you. Those of you who are registered American voters, I urge you to vote. I am not coming at this from the attitude of "if you don't vote don't complain." While that is a true axiom it is not at the heart of the matter. Anytime we are given a choice we make that choice either by action or inaction. Those who love freedom, and respect the memory of those who have and are giving their all to maintain that freedom, must give their love an expression.

Accepting the voice that we have been given by the Constitution of the United States of America to vote for those who govern us expresses honor and respect for the lives of those who defend that Constitution. To reject that voice would be much like throwing away the presents your loved ones gave you at Christmas just because you wanted something specific and didn't get it. Whether the choices you have are the choices you wanted is not the issue. The fact is, those are the choices. Your responsibility is to choose. If you choose not to choose you have still made a choice. Rejection is a choice.

God lays out some choices. Man looks at those choices and says, "If those are the choices I would rather not make a choice." Ah, but there's the rub. When man fails to make a choice he still makes a choice. The sad truth is that it is a choice. Rejection is a choice. God shows us His love and the price He has paid for us to be free. And He says, "Choose."

"Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father in heaven." Matthew 10:32, 33 Simple, isn't it? Whether you vote or not you are voting. Whether it be for President or Savior, you vote whether you make a decision or not. One could sway history while the other touches eternity. It's Election Day my friend. Vote.

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