Boy Scouts Vote to Change Policy and Allow Openly Gay Members

What can Faith Driven Consumers learn from this cultural battle? 

Following months of impassioned debate involving internal stakeholders and external activists, the Boy Scouts of America voted yesterday at its national convention to change its long-standing policy on sexual orientation and allow openly gay scouts while maintaining a ban on gay leaders.

Back in February when a previous attempt by the national staff to change the policy was met with vocal opposition among rank-and-file local scouts, leaders and parents, many saw the move to postpone any decision until the national convention as an indication of a shift toward fuller consideration of viewpoints held by its core constituency of church-based troops and Faith Driven Consumers.

However, yesterday’s vote ultimately pleases neither side.  For the gay activist coalition that won the day, it is a half-victory that will only be resolved when openly gay leaders are also accepted, affirmed and celebrated.  For the majority of scouts, leaders and parents who hold to historic and traditional biblical morals on human sexuality, marriage and family – values reflected in the Scout oath – the policy change is a huge disappointment that begs the question of continuing participation in the organization or leaving to form a more faith-compatible scouting group.

While it’s tempting for Faith Driven Consumers to see yesterday’s vote as a battle limited to the specific context of scouting, it can also be seen as a flashpoint in the broader war over the degree to which a biblical worldview is welcomed  in the culture.  Here, there is much for Faith Driven Consumers to reflect upon in the wake of the Boy Scout vote:

  • Did we do all that we could have done to stand up for God’s created intent for human sexuality, family and marriage in the battle for the heart of the Boy Scouts?  Or could we have stood up sooner, stronger, bolder and firmer?
  • Are we as God’s ambassadors in the culture ready, willing and able to stand for our biblical worldview in every arena of our lives like the apostles in the Book of Acts and the myriad saints who have gone before us?
  • Are we willing to winsomely and effectively engage every arena of the culture to shine the light of God’s truth into an increasingly dark world, or will we choose to retreat into the safety of our holy huddles?

As Faith Driven Consumers, we are called to prayerfully discern where and how God is calling us to stand in the culture and steward the resources entrusted to us in ways that glorify Him.  Like those committed Christians who fought hard in the battle of the Boy Scouts, are you willing to go to the mat for your biblical worldview and values?

Valentine’s Day and the Call to Sacrificial Love

On the day when Americans will spend $18.6 billion on Valentine’s candy, cards, gifts, flowers and other items in the celebration of love, it’s easy to forget that the historic Feast of St. Valentine in the Western liturgical church calendar focused on the martyrdom of a priest who stood for the cause of Christ in the third century A.D.

St. Valentine

St. Valentine

Although some uncertainty surrounds the details of the life and death of the saint whose Latin name was Valentinus, according to one account he was arrested for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians in an era when offering them comfort was forbidden in the Roman Empire.Eventually, Valentine was brought before Emperor Claudius II, who initially liked him. However, when Valentine refused to worship Roman gods and, instead, attempted to convert Claudius to Christ, he was beaten and then beheaded on February 14 outside the Flaminian Gate.

Another account places Valentinus as the former Bishop of Terni, in modern-day central Italy. Here, he shared Christ with a Roman judge and laid hands on his blind daughter’s eyes and restored her sight. This caused the judge to break the pagan idols in his household, release all the Christian inmates under his jurisdiction, and become baptized – along with 40 others.

Valentine continued to share the Gospel and was later arrested and sent to Rome where he refused to recant his faith to Claudius.  For this, he was beaten and beheaded.

The common thread to these accounts is that of a valiant and brave man of faith who was willing to pay the ultimate price for what he knew to be true.  Here, the story of Valentine points us to the sacrificial love of a valiant and brave Jesus, who as the God-man was martyred on our behalf so that all who put their faith in Him might be restored into right relationship with God and live abundantly now and into eternity.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16, New International Version)

As the world rightfully and joyously celebrates love on February 14th each year, let’s not forget that as Faith Driven Consumers we, too, are called to make daily sacrifices and live out our faith in a consumer arena that tempts us with all manner of idols to worship.

Like Valentine, will we sacrificially refuse to bow down to our culture’s idols and instead seek to glorify Jesus in all that we say and do? The choice is ours.  And it’s a choice based in love.

Top 2013 Super Bowl Ads Resonate with Faith Driven Consumers

Brands that speak to America’s heritage of faith and family win highest ratings

The results of the 2013 Super Bowl ad campaigns show that faith- and family-oriented messages rang like church bells with consumers.   

Indeed, the case can be made that out of 54 Super Bowl ads rated by USA Today’s Ad Meter, four of the top five were Faith Driven Consumer-messaged ads.

In particular, coming in at number three, Dodge RAM’s “Farmer” ad hit the ball out of the park with its spectacular images of the diversity of modern American farms and farmers set to the backdrop of the “God Made a Farmer” speech given by the late radio icon Paul Harvey to the Future Farmers of America in 1978.

Dedicated to “the farmer in all of us,” RAM effectively tapped into God’s call in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 to be good stewards of the land, animals and resources that we have been entrusted as men and women who bear God’s image.

So whether the viewer was currently a farmer or many generations removed from a farm heritage, America’s deep Judeo-Christian heritage and our inherent human desire to create and bring forth bounty resonated well with Super Bowl viewers and catapulted RAM into the Top Five.  

Similarly, the number-five-rated ad—“Whole Again,” by Jeep—struck a chord with consumers across America with its poetic and emotional salute to our veterans and appeals to family, faith, church, home and patriotism.   

Topping the rankings for the 2013 Super Bowl ad ratings was Budweiser’s “Brotherhood” commercial featuring the story of a young colt lovingly raised through ups and downs by his devoted caretaker until he is ready to join the ranks of the world-famous Clydesdales. The caretaker’s reunion with the full-grown horse after a Chicago parade tugged on consumer heartstrings by invoking themes of Americana, loving bonds of devoted friendship, and a deep-seeded connection to agriculture and horses—all faith-compatible themes.

Even the humorous, second-ranked “Miracle Stain” ad by Procter and Gamble and its Tide brand offers evidence of the powerful resonance of messages that have a foundation based in a Christian faith tradition in which pilgrimages and iconic images are an important part of the religious heritage.    

So why did these ads work on the biggest stage for advertisers while others came up short?  

When four of the top five ads at the 2013 Super Bowl had at their core references to faith, family and biblical values, it is clear that their success is rooted in the enduring Judeo-Christian heritage and religious identity of Americans, especially Faith Driven Consumers.  

Did you as a Faith Driven Consumer watch this year’s Super Bowl?

If so, what did you think of the ads?

Religious Freedom Day Raises Questions for Many Faith Driven Consumers

Can there be true tolerance if some are excluded from the rainbow of diversity?

On January 16th America recognized Religious Freedom Day – as it has every year since 1993. Based on presidential proclamation, Americans were called upon to celebrate the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.”

Penned by Thomas Jefferson, the 1786 Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom laid the foundation for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees Americans their deeply cherished freedoms of religious expression, speech, assembly, press, petition, association and belief – all monumental concepts of tolerance rarely seen in societies throughout the course of human history.

But more than 220 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, many Americans are questioning what religious freedom means today.  Does it mean the freedom to freely exercise one’s religious faith in every arena of one’s life, or merely the freedom to freely worship within the confines of a church building?

Indeed, with more than 40 lawsuits by companies and religious employers currently wending their way through the courts at the state and federal levels over mandates found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), many Americans feel that their precious religious freedom is under the greatest level of threat since the first settlers arrived seeking freedom from religious persecution in Europe.

For example, the owners of Hobby Lobby are being forced to choose between their deeply held religious beliefs or a $1.3 million daily fine for failure to pay for abortions and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plan. No small player in the economic arena, Hobby Lobby is a family-owned chain that employs 13,000 Americans at more than 525 stores in 42 states.

Similarly, many American Christians are deeply troubled by the recent controversy over the White House’s awkward – but revealing – handling of its invitation to Evangelical pastor Louie Giglio to offer the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration. When it was revealed that Giglio believes in the traditional and biblical understanding of sexuality, marriage and family held by fully half of Americans, he was ironically pressured to withdraw on account of the Obama Administration’s stated commitment to the politically correct version of tolerance and diversity.

In the retail arena, the rapidly emerging and economically powerful group known as Faith Driven Consumers is collectively asking similar questions about religious liberty in America. As a subset of the broader Christian market that comprises 46 million Americans and spends $1.75 trillion annually, Faith Driven Consumers see an increasingly secular culture that marginalizes those who hold to biblical views and beliefs.

Here, Faith Driven Consumers see a business culture that on the one hand proclaims its commitment to niche markets and a wide embrace of tolerance and diversity, but on the other hand does little to include or welcome them as a viable and loyal market segment comprising fifteen percent of the population.

When it comes to corporate America, the intersection of tolerance, diversity and religious liberty beg two questions:

How can brands afford to not proactively embrace a segment of the population that is seeking to do business with companies that are compatible with historical and traditional American values and beliefs?

And, can there be true tolerance and a full embrace of diversity in a nation founded upon religious liberty when a large and economically powerful group like Faith Driven Consumers is not welcomed and included in the rainbow of diversity?

Mixing the Sacred Christmas Holiday with Secular Traditions

A Fresh Approach to Christmas Giving through the Three Gifts

As Christmas fast approaches, your thoughts are probably turning to stocking up the pantry for holiday meals, scouting out the sales for your Christmas list and, most importantly, preparing to spend time with the ones you love the most. Christian parents in particular are thinking of ways to rejoice in the true meaning of Christmas by celebrating the birth of Christ with their children.

Some Christians take part in various holiday season traditions – setting up nativity scenes, watching re-enactments of the night the Savior was born or baking a birthday cake for Jesus – as a reminder about the true celebration of Christmas. Parents sometimes feel torn or frustrated with the gift lists and the secular emphasis on children to make Santa’s “nice list” in order to receive their favorite gift.

While trying to mix the sacred holiday with secular traditions, one Raleigh, N.C. family has found a way that works well for them. The Tillers discovered the art of limiting Christmas giving by going back to biblical text found in Matthew 2:11:  “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” 

In this text, three gifts were given by the Magi to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Tiller family uses the three gifts as symbols when giving to each of their children: one to represent gold, one to represent frankincense and one to represent myrrh.

Jim and Sharon, his wife of 17 years, have eight- and ten-year-old-sons whose birthdays fall in November and December. Between birthday gifts and Christmas presents, gift excess was becoming an issue. They decided they wanted something different for a Christmas experience and wanted to set new traditions.

“At a young age, they were getting too much,” Jim explained. “We wanted to focus on Christmas as the time of celebrating Jesus’ birth rather than gifts focusing on the children.”

Three gifts were given by the Magi to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Tiller family uses the three gifts as symbols when giving to each of their children: one to represent gold, one to represent frankincense and one to represent myrrh.

Three gifts were given by the Magi to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Tiller family uses the three gifts as symbols when giving to each of their children: one to represent gold, one to represent frankincense and one to represent myrrh.

The Gift of Gold

The gift of gold focuses on the principle of great value and worth. When the Wise Men presented gold to Jesus, it was a gift fit only for a King and held in great value – especially during that time. Parents can explain to their children the significance of this gift as a sacrifice, just as Jesus’ life was of great worth — ultimately costing His very own life for the sake of our souls.

With this gift, the Tiller family gives the largest and most expensive gift to each of their sons. Examples might include a basketball goal, a new bicycle or a video game. The Tillers also wrap the gifts with gold paper to reemphasize the meaning.  

The Gift of Frankincense

The gift of frankincense focuses on the inward being and spiritual growth. It is known for its healing power, curing everything from infections to headaches. In present times, it can act as an antiseptic or anti-inflammatory for medicinal purposes. Through the symbolism of the cleansing and purification to meet with Jesus, this gift relates to how Christians meet and grow closer with God.

The Tillers have given Bibles, worship CDs, and devotional books as past gifts. This gift can be wrapped with white paper as a reminder of the sacred white incense that Jesus received from the Wise Men.

The Gift of Myrrh

The gift of myrrh symbolizes the outward and aesthetic anointment to cleanse our bodies. Myrrh was used in historic times as a scent in oils, perfumes and embalming liquids. In present times, it still acts as a rich aroma in lotions, soaps and oils. Myrrh was used to anoint Jesus as part of his burial preparation, reminding people how He ultimately had to die for the world’s own purification and cleansing.

This gift is a great reminder to children that ultimately Jesus was sent to die for our sins even though He came to earth as a baby. The Tillers remind their boys about the sacrifice Christ made in order to restore right relationship with God and provide eternal life for us. Some gift ideas include body wash, hair products, towels and combs to represent the gift of myrrh. Wrap this gift in earth-toned paper to symbolize the dark color of this spice. 

The Ultimate Gift

The Tillers found great success in implementing this giving strategy during the Christmas season with their children. By focusing on the ultimate gift of the birth of Christ coming to save us from our sins, the Christmas season no longer centers on the selfish desires to gain all the gifts on a wish list.

“The best reason to do this is because it centers Christmas on the birth of Christ and takes what has now become a secular holiday back to a religious holiday,” Tiller said. “Many families have joined us in this giving concept and we hope that this will be passed along to future generations.”

For more information and tips on giving, contact the National Christian Foundation of Raleigh, e-mail the Raleigh office at raleigh@nationalchristian.com.

Article adapted and used with permission by the National Christian Foundation of Raleigh

Two and a Half Men Actor Speaks Out on His Convictions

Faith-driven comments bring controversy and stewardship choices  

In recent entertainment news, CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones spoke out against his show calling it “filth” and encouraged viewers to stop watching it.

The show portrays men as womanizers and highlights divorce, crude behavior and language, immorality and casual sexual relationships with numerous partners.

Having played the role of Jake Harper since the show’s inception in 2003, nineteen-year-old Jones stated that while growing in his walk with the Lord, he realized “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that.”

By taking the bold step of sharing his convictions about the show in the context of his maturing Christian beliefs, Jones has jeopardized his $350,000 per episode salary and now faces multiple critics – including his mother. Although he called the show “very inappropriate,” Jones clarified in follow-up interviews that he was “grateful and has the highest regard and respect for all the people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked with over the past ten years.”

While some might question the degree to which Jones thought through the way he opened up about his faith convictions, he raises an important question for Faith Driven Consumers:  Where do we draw the line when it comes to our personal participation in ungodly and harmful influences in the culture?

As Faith Driven Consumers, we’re called to more deeply consider our daily choices in the light of how we steward our faith and values—at our jobs, in our homes and with our purchasing decisions in the marketplace.  Jones’ comments remind us that the things we fill our hearts and minds with matter. And that the Body of Christ is deeply compromised with the world.

Beyond this, Faith Driven Consumers are reminded that every choice matters and that we can positively impact the entertainment industry by the shows and movies we choose to watch. Will you and your family choose to watch shows that fill your minds with worldly things? Or will you choose to support shows that respect your values and biblical worldview?

Joshua 24:15 says to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

What everyday decisions will you make today to live more boldly in your faith?  

JC Penney Sets Good Example on Black Friday, Appeals to Faith Driven Consumers

Recent actions by the department store JC Penney haven’t always sat well with Faith Driven Consumers, but the retail giant recently took a step in the right direction with its Black Friday policy.

As retailers increasingly encroach on Thanksgiving by opening their stores earlier, JC Penney went the opposite direction, opening at 6 a.m. – two hours later than last year.  CEO Ron Johnson wrote this about his decision to open later on Black Friday:

“I know that some retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. But spending Thanksgiving with family is one of America’s greatest traditions. Since JC Penney was founded on the Golden Rule, I’m proud to honor this tradition by keeping our stores closed on this special day. I hope our customers and employees all enjoy a wonderful holiday with loved ones. And when we open at 6 a.m. the following day, we’ll be honoring another great American tradition — Black Friday — with our one big sale of the year.”

For many Americans, the jarring juxtaposition of a holiday devoted to gratefulness with jostling hordes of amped-up shoppers gunning to out-consume each other was too much to stomach. They see the ever-earlier store openings as a show of greed – with the Almighty Dollar trumping a day set aside for family and community.

Despite the criticism, Americans nevertheless hit the Black Friday-Turned-Thursday sales with gusto.

Given that the pressure is on retailers to increasingly encroach on Thanksgiving makes JC Penney’s decision all the more admirable. While other retailers try to gain a turkey leg up on the competition, JC Penney voluntarily took a hit to its profits and did the right thing.  For this, they are to be commended.

Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally a religious holiday with Christian roots like other holidays. But it does represent biblical values that Faith Driven Consumers hold dear – thankfulness, family, graciousness and kindness.  In an era of corporate ultra-competition, retailers that continue to set a day like Thanksgiving apart will increasingly resonate in the hearts and minds of Faith Driven Consumers.

2012 Faith-friendly Christmas Shopping Guide Available

Faith Driven Consumer resource helps you spend wisely this holiday season

With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, your thoughts are likely turning to stocking up the pantry for holiday meals, scouting out the sales for your Christmas list and, most importantly, making plans to spend time with loved ones.

Within hours of celebrating the bounty of God’s blessings at Thanksgiving, however, the jarring reality of ‘Black Friday’ will hit as consumers swarm the stores in the wee hours of the morning to snag the best deals and kick off the Christmas shopping season.

This year, make plans now to better steward the resources God has entrusted to you by shopping for your loved ones at the companies most compatible with your faith-driven values and worldview.

To help you shop wisely and support companies that actively seek to welcome and include you as a Faith Driven Consumer, we’ve developed this free, down-loadable 2012 Faith-friendly Christmas Shopping Guide, which rates more than 25 major holiday retailers according to how closely their corporate decisions and behavior align with a biblical worldview.

Think about this: Christmas is the biggest shopping season of the year with $586.1 billion in projected 2012 holiday sales – a 4.1% increase from 2011. As the most widely celebrated Christian holidays, it’s a time when you, as a faith-driven consumer, can actively support companies that respect your deeply held beliefs and worldview – while celebrating the birth of Christ with your family.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the gift-buying rush during the holidays, many Christians are actively considering whether the companies they shop with welcome them and are inclusive of their values. In some cases, you’ll find that your favorite retailer is actually quite hostile to a biblical worldview and actively manages its operations in ways that seek to undermine your faith and religious freedom.

In other cases, you’ll be pleased to know which companies actively seek to welcome and include you as a Faith Driven Consumer – and you’ll feel good about positively directing your buying power to brands that respect and more closely align with your faith.

To get the 2012 Faith-friendly Christmas Shopping Guide and click the icon to download your very own PDF copy to take with you as you hit the stores this season.

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Faith Driven Consumers and the Election of 2012

Moving from disunity and discord to unity and concord

Now that the dust is settling on one of the longest, costliest, most rancorous and divisive election campaigns in U.S. history, it’s time for Americans to take a well-deserved break from the toxic political climate and refocus on the things that unify us and make our country the envy of the world.

Regardless of how one personally feels about the outcome of the election, be assured it is what God gave us.  The results were not a surprise to Him, nor have His plans been altered. We now have the opportunity to find joy in our present circumstances and trust God for the future.

But what does this look like?  For Faith Driven Consumers, we are called to be salt and light within a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity  and to fulfill our role as peace-makers and reconcilers in a deeply divided nation (2 Cor. 5: 18-19).  As we see in Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Given this, what can Christians do to help America move beyond the disunity and discord and encourage – through our actions – a climate of unity, concord and repurposed thriving?

Beyond knowing that peace, comfort and joy for Christians are not dependent on election results or events in the ever-changing world we temporarily call home, we can rest in our call to simply and obediently steward well the good gifts God has entrusted to each of us.

One of these good gifts is the call to prayer. In Jeremiah 29:7, we are taught to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” and to “pray to the Lord for it.” By humbling ourselves before God, seeking His forgiveness for our sins as a nation, and interceding on its behalf, God brings unity to the body of believers and heals our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Three ways Faith Driven Consumers can help unify our nation

1. Continue to vote on a daily basis.

While election day has passed and our votes have been counted, the election process never ends and the opportunity to vote remains. In fact, every choice we make in life matters and has consequences—including those we make in the marketplace. Every decision we make, every action we take, is a vote cast for one kingdom or the other. In our daily decisions we either vote for the kingdom of the “prince of the air” or the Kingdom of God. Thus, how and where we spend our treasure matters – as does the way we steward our time and talent. What “votes” will you make today with your actions and choices?

2. Pray for our president and leaders. 

The Bible calls us to pray for those who are in authority over us. 1 Timothy 2:2 urges us to “pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” Prayer gives us the patience to persist, the grace to move forward in love, and the strength to continue stand on what God has called us to do as obedient stewards.

3. Stay the course.

As Faith Driven Consumers, Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 4:7 to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith. He reminds us that winning is not our end goal – whether in political elections or in our daily lives. Instead, God calls us to remain faithful and obedient to Him until the end. No election will alter God’s sovereignty nor change His eternal truths.  Let’s keep our eyes on the prize and run well the race we’ve been called to run.

While many Faith Driven Consumers find themselves discouraged by the divisiveness and outcome of the 2012 election, ultimately our hope and rest is found in Jesus.  By pressing into Him during this challenging time, we are encouraged knowing that our faithful stewardship of daily choices, prayers and dedication to stay the course help bring healing, unity and concord to the nation we love.

Does God Care How You Vote?

Voting as an Act of Stewardship for Faith Driven Consumers 

We’re hearing a lot about voting our values these days. Some say Christians shouldn’t get involved in the political process because Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. They see the 6 billion dollars spent on this election cycle as fostering a corrupt process and conclude that when faced with the choice between the “lesser of two evils,” it’s best to simply abstain.

Similarly, some say that God ordains the election results and gives us the leadership we deserve.  Therefore, believers have little impact on the outcome and should focus instead on winning hearts to Jesus one by one – and transforming the culture in the process.

In contrast to these views, many Bible-believing Christians see voting as an act of stewardship.  Like any other good gift entrusted to us by God, we are called to steward the vote well and participate in a civic process bestowed upon us by our Founding Fathers through the Constitution.  Indeed, comparatively few people groups in the history of the world have been as blessed as Americans are today with the opportunity to regularly select its leaders and peacefully transition from one government to the next.

From this perspective, our vote is a good gift from God – a privilege to be cherished and stewarded well, and to which we will be held accountable as seen in the parables of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) and the Good Steward. (Luke 16:10-12)

And for those who see the Bible as being reliable, trustworthy and true, surely St. Paul’s teaching in Romans 13 helps inform us about God’s view on government. Here, we see that earthly governmental authorities are established by God and that we are to submit to the laws of our land.

While this can sometimes be challenging to navigate when laws are passed that we disagree with, how wonderful it is that God has entrusted to us Americans a vote in the establishment of who will lead our governments at the local, state and national levels.

Given that God establishes our rulers and authorities, and that we in America are privileged to participate in the selection of our governing leaders, then several questions arise:  Does God really care about how you vote?  And if so, what factors should we use to determine how best to steward our vote?

Here, an understanding of the call to be “ambassadors of Christ” may resonate with biblically orthodox Christians:

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Cor. 5:20)

Being an Ambassador for Christ

Historically, to be an ambassador meant that one was sent by the king to another country to represent him and his interests there.  In the case of Christians, we are sent by our heavenly king, Jesus, to be His ambassadors in our temporary, earthly country – to be in the world but not of it, and to represent Him and His interests here in this realm.

Here are some resources for you to become more educated in regards to voting during this election. Check out the links at the bottom of this article to find out more information.

Given this, how do we discern what the interests of King Jesus are here in America – the country to which we’ve been called to represent Him?  How do we know His heart on the matters before us and then act accordingly – as ambassadors – as we steward well the vote we’ve been entrusted?

Fortunately, there are many great resources available to help us as Christians learn about the various ballot issues and candidates before us at the local, state and national levels.

By researching the issues and candidates – and then prayerfully seeking God’s heart on the issues before us – we Christians can serve as an ambassador of Christ in the voting booth and do our best to reflect His heart and mind on Election Day. 

Here are a number of resources to help you steward well the gift of the vote to which you’ve been entrusted.  As an ambassador of Christ here in America, God does care about how you vote.