Intro: I have been asked by the school administration to speak to you on the importance of voting. As you know, the presidential elections are coming up in Nov. There are at least 6 parties putting forth nominees, but the two main ones are the Republicrats represented by Bush, and the Demopubs represented by Gore. As you know, in our democracy, we have the freedom to vote for the candidates of the power broker's choice. Once the two candidates are chosen, the news media makes sure we do not stray from the two party system! This was not what the founders of our country intended, but this is what we have come to 200 years later! And so your vote is important. Not as important as you have been led to believe, but important nonetheless!
The reason, you see, is that the vote you register in the voting booth has consequences way beyond the election of a president or representative. The policies that they bring into law will affect this country, and yourselves for the rest of your lives. We are still living under the socialism put into place by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's. 70 years later it still infects your freedoms and your wallets! It does matter how you vote!!
Now, how many of you are planning to vote in this year's elections?
You are right, you are not of sufficient age to vote in the upcoming election. But that does not mean that you do not choose, or vote, everyday of your lives. In fact, the votes you cast in every day life are going to color everything else you do. Every moment of every day you vote by your actions for one of the two candidates that are always running--the Lord Jesus Christ, and/or Satan. Every decision that you make shows your allegiance to the policies set forth by Christ or the policies set forth by Satan. Every choice that you make shows you to be either a citizen of Heaven or an inhabitant of this earth. And these decisions will not only affect others around you, but will follow you the whole of your life. It does matter how you vote!!
Jesus Christ allowed the apostle Paul to see and experience this idea of daily voting, only in a slightly different context. You see, Paul was already committed to serving Jesus Christ. And, in fact, Paul is imprisoned for his obedience to Christ. Though Satan tried to work his wiles upon Paul, and was able to buffet Paul, Paul never knowing voted for Satan. He never knowingly chose Satan's program over God's program. I wonder if you have made that determination today? Never to knowingly vote for Satan, but to always vote for the Lord Jesus Christ and His platform.
Phil. 1:21-26 -- "What Shall You Choose?" --prayer
I. LIFE &
DEATH IN CHRIST(v21)
B. Death is
Swallowed Up In Christ
II. LIFE IN
it interesting that the Christian life does not give us three choices?
1) To depart, 2) to stay, and 3) to serve Satan! No where in the Bible are
we taught that we have the option of serving Satan. Yet many Christians do
just that when they live in disobedience to Christ.
III. A LIFE OF
Choice is That You Experience A Life of "Knowing"
= understanding (v25)
Choice is That You Have A Life of Abiding and Continuing.
Choice is That You Have A Life Dedicated to Others and Christ
("with you"; "for you") (v26)
great as Paul was, he was nothing compared to Jesus Christ! And as great as
Paul was, it was all because of Jesus Christ! And as great as Paul was his
purpose was to glorify Jesus Christ!
Concl: Here are the choices:
1. Will you live up to your privileges in Christ, or will you allow Satan a strong foothold in your life?
2. Will you determine that your life will produce spiritual fruit, or will you allow materialism to be your crop?
3. Will you desire to be with Christ, or will your life be rooted and grounded in this world & life?
4. Will you live a life of confidence in Christ, knowing His plan and purpose, or will you be swept along by the ever changing winds & whims of this world?
5. Will you live your life for others, or will you life your life for self?
(How are you going to vote, which will you choose?)
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