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The Upcoming Election – Pastoral Note – Father Bob Roethel

Note: Fr. Bob Roethel is the Dean of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, Charismatic Episcopal Church. This pastoral was sent out by email, and I thought it deserved to go a little further. Also, please note that the two links at the end of the article concern Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia.

It is refreshing to see that some Christian leaders still believe in trusting in God, and praying about who you should vote for, instead of bashing one another over policies, issues, and speeches. Also, it is very refreshing to me to see someone who I respected greatly before this article, give me even more reason to respect by showing his knowledge of not only the Bible, but also the political structure of this country, and the historical structure of this country. Enjoy, JZ Holloway

In a little more than a week, on November 4, you will have an opportunity to
vote for candidates who will represent you at all levels of civil
government; national, state and local. I would encourage you to exercise
your right to vote. You have an obligation, both as a citizen and as a
Christian to take part in civil government, especially the election process.

The preamble or introduction of the United States Constitution states:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,
establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common
defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to
ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for
the United States of America.”

Note the first three words, “We the people”. Our founding fathers, even
though imperfect, desired that the citizens be involved with the government
of the nation.

As Christians, we know that Romans 13:1-4 teaches that all authority comes
from God and that all governments have been instituted by Him. This passage
goes on to say that those in government are actually God’s servants whose
purpose is to keep civil order in society. We know that we are God’s
servants and are made in His image(Genesis 1:26). We are told to be holy as
He is holy(Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 1:16). This character trait should
also be true of our elected officials.

Given this understanding we should be supportive of those candidates that
are exhibiting “Christ like” attitude and behavior. The political party
, gender and race are not important. What is important is the
candidate’s character. Attached are links that will show you the ballot
that you will be looking at on November 4, 2008. Look at your voter
registration card
or ask someone what district you are in. Another link has
information concerning three constitutional amendments that you will be
voting on. Take the time to research each candidate and find out who they
are and what they stand for. Talk to people you trust and get their
opinion. During this time “Seek the LORD” as to what He would have you to

After you have voted, “Let it go”. It’s in the LORD’s hands. Proverbs
21:31 states, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the
victory belongs to the LORD”(RSV). If we seek the LORD and do our part, in
all areas of our lives, He will do His part. Keep your focus on the LORD
and not on the current distractions that we are facing.

Blessings & Peace,
Your Pastor and Servant in CHRIST,
Fr. Bob

Sample Ballot for Upson County:

3 Amendments:


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