Let’s Vote!

Dear Church Family,

Greetings! Let me encourage all of our members who are eligible to vote to do so! I believe that it is a great privilege and responsibility to do all that we can to love and help others. This whole country will be blessed by the election of candidates and the enacting of policies that are influenced by the teachings of Scripture. Voting is one way we can use our influence to make positive changes in this country. In a recent presidential election, Florida was the state that decided the election and the candidate that won only accumulated 527 more votes that his opponent. Your vote does count. Become informed on all issues. It will take some work. Don’t wait until the last minute. The ballot is full of choices that we haven’t heard much about. Do your homework!

Most of what we have been hearing about in the news is related to the Presidential election. Wow! This election and its ramifications are huge. Those I respect and listen to say that the next President will appoint from 2 to 4 Supreme Court Justices. I was listening to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington and he pointed out that there have been many recent Supreme Court decisions that have been decided by a 5 to 4 vote. These are historic days!

This past Sunday I shared with the congregation my personal template for making a decision on the election of all candidates – Presidential or otherwise. Here are some things I take into consideration: 1. Prayer: ask God for wisdom. The most important thing we can do. (See Phil. 4:6-7) 2. Character of the Candidate: Proverbs 29:4 says, “The King gives stability to the land by justice. But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.” A people are truly blessed when their leaders have virtue. 3. Platform: what are the values that they stand on? Most candidates have telegraphed their leanings by the platform to which they have hitched their campaign. This is very important. I made a document available to the church family on the major party platforms that came from the Billy Graham Association. I respect this group and the research they have done. 4. People: who is surrounding the candidate? Where and from whom are they getting their advice? You can tell a lot about someone by those who are around them. 5. Wisdom from others: Scripture says, “By a multitude of counselors there is safety.” I suggested that you pick out the 5 Godliest people you respect and ask their opinions. I also suggested that you don’t necessarily let all of your choices be people who have simply written their opinions in blogs or social media. Let at least 3 of them be individuals who served in the military and have made sacrifices to preserve our freedom. I know that I didn’t serve in the military but my Dad did and I have great respect for those who have. To me, they have what I call “skin in the game” and their opinion carries much weight with me. 6. Conscience: Scripture says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart”. You simply must do what you feel that the Lord Jesus wants you to do.

Remember, our hope is in Christ! Let’s remember that we can contend for our positions with passion but let’s not lose sight that in 2 weeks this election is going to be over and we must unite as the body of Christ to get the gospel to the world. As important as this election is, the sharing of Christ with a lost world is a much larger issue.

Our Love Loud emphasis is truly an amazing opportunity to impact people with the love of Jesus! Get involved!

Dr. Tommy Green will be with us for our Harvest Festival Banquet on Sunday night, November 20th. Dr. Green is the Executive Director/Treasurer for our Florida Baptist State Convention of which North Central is a member church. He has led our state to give 50 cents of every cooperative program dollar to be invested in our national causes, including our International Mission Board, our North American Mission Board our 6 Seminaries and other important causes. Bottom line: under his leadership more money is going to the nations and for the planting of churches worldwide! Make sure and sign up to bring something to go along with the meat, bread and beverages that Mrs. Ann will have for us. It will be a great night!

Lastly, hold December 4th (Sunday Evening) open for our Adult Life Groups to have their Christmas parties. We will not have the evening service on this night to free up a night to get together in homes by Life Groups for our Christmas Fellowships.

What an amazing blessing it is for me to Pastor such a wonderful people of God. I see Jesus working in lives all over our church. May we stay focused on getting Jesus to everyone we can. What a great joy it is for Kelly and I and our family to walk alongside you in this precious fellowship of believers we call the North Central Family.

-Pastor Calvin