Elections Have Consequences

Barack Obama, and probably many more before him, famously said, “Elections have consequences.”

Elections have always had consequences. The election this Tuesday, November 6, will either reaffirm the direction of the country or turn it in a new direction. What we decide and how we vote will affect the future of America.

At this point in history, the rule of law and freedom of religion are under major pressure in America. How we vote will affect what happens in those areas and so many others.

I want to encourage you to vote. In fact, I would say that Christians have a duty to vote and should not be absent from voting.

Jesus told us that we are the “Light of the world” and “the salt of the earth.” He told us to let our light shine before others. While voting may not seem as significant as witnessing and living out our faith in other areas, I believe that voting in a democracy helps determine the light in our country. Would there be as much light if churches are stifled and the gospel banned? Could we actually face a time when witnessing to others would be against the law?

In Louisiana, there is a “throw away” proposition at the bottom of the ballot which is not throw away at all. It would allow betting on Fantasy sports and it would not prohibit minors participating.

I strongly urge you to vote “NO.” This is a parish by parish vote in Louisiana. Unfortunately the proposition does not indicate this is a gambling issue.

Louisiana has seen that gambling can survive only as it expands. This will expand gambling and will be another way to take this scourge to our children.

 

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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