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November 2, 2020
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Elections are a core foundation of our American government. In ELECTIONS; David and Tim Barton pull back the curtain on this crucial process. By understanding where elections came from and how they work; you can help determine who will be in the room when our nation’s important decisions are made. During election season; the spotlight may be on the top contenders; but it’s really about the people! Tune into ELECTIONS on TBN to discover your role in this important election process.

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  • - Elections area core foundation
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  • of our American government.
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  • In the early days,political debates were held
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  • in theaters and lecture hallsacross America, like this one,
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  • drawing large crowds fromevery corner of society.
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  • Now we engage with thecandidates through TV screens,
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  • and Twitter feeds, watchingas the elections unfold.
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  • - The spotlight may beon the top contenders,
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  • but it's reallyabout the people.
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  • Today, we're gonnatalk about our role
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  • in this importantelection process.
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  • - By understanding whereelections came from,
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  • and how they work,
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  • you can help determinewho will be in the room
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  • when our nation's most importantdecisions are being made.
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  • Today's lawmakers aretomorrow's history shapers.
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  • I'm David Barton.
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  • - I'm Tim Barton, andthis is "Elections."
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  • In looking at elections,
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  • one of the most obviousquestions we should ask
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  • is who should I vote for?
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  • Everybody that runs foroffice is gonna have
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  • their prioritiesthat they promote,
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  • and encourage youto vote for them
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  • based on those priorities.
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  • As Christians, we wannamake sure that we're voting
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  • based on what the Bible says,
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  • but what if a candidatehas a biblical position,
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  • and another candidatehas biblical positions,
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  • but then how do I know whichcandidate I should vote for,
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  • if they're both biblical?
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  • How should we prioritizethose biblical issues?
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  • And this is an interestingquestion, as Christians,
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  • is what should beour voting priority?
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  • - Well, when you look atour voting priorities,
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  • part of it stems fromour voting philosophy.
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  • So, the first partof our philosophy
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  • is that God is the one whooriginated civil government.
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  • It is his institution,we're his stewards.
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  • There's a great parablethat Jesus deals with this
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  • in Luke 19, whereJesus tells the parable
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  • how the master gothis servants together,
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  • and says, "Okay, guys, I'mgonna leave for a while.
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  • I'm leaving this in yourhands 'til I get back."
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  • And so he leaves, hecomes back later and says,
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  • "All right, what'd youguys do while I was gone?"
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  • And the first guysays, "Well, Master,
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  • here's what you gave me,I've multiplied it 10 times.
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  • I've given 10 timesas much as you left."
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  • He said, "Well done, goodand faithful servant."
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  • The second guy comes andsays, "I've got five fold."
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  • "Well done, good andfaithful servant."
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  • Third one comes andsays, "You know,
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  • I didn't wanna getinvolved with your stuff.
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  • I really didn't like you. Ididn't think you were fair.
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  • I just didn't doanything with it."
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  • And the Mastergets really angry,
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  • and says, "You didn't doanything with what I left you?"
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  • And it's interesting that he'sthe one who gets in trouble,
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  • who refused to get involved,
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  • and refused to takeany stewardship.
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  • But the other partthat's interesting
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  • is to the one whoproduced tenfold,
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  • to the one who producedfivefold, notice the reward.
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  • The master says, "Well done,good and faithful servant.
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  • You've done tenfold,
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  • I'm going to make you aruler over 10 cities."
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  • The other one says, "I'mgonna make you a ruler
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  • over five cities."
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  • Oh my goodness, if I'mfaithful to the Lord,
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  • he's gonna place me inthe civil government?
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  • Yes, he thinks highlyof that institution.
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  • So you first haveto have the attitude
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  • that I need to be involvedin the civil arena,
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  • 'cause this is God's arena.
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  • I've gotta be involved in this.
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  • - Yeah, and Godhonors faithfulness,
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  • by giving you a politicalposition, political office?
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  • First of all, I don't know
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  • that's how I'd really likeGod to honor my faithfulness.
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  • Like maybe let'schoose something else.
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  • It's just interesting
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  • that that was notviewed as a punishment,
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  • that was viewed as an honor,
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  • I'm gonna honor youby putting you there.
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  • And the Bible givesso many examples
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  • of the way governmentshould operate,
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  • and how reallyChristians should view
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  • some of this thoughtand philosophy.
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  • Proverbs 14:34 saysthat righteousness
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  • is what exalts a nation.
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  • Knowing that righteousnessexalts a nation,
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  • and by the way, it does say
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  • that sin is a reproachto any people.
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  • So having maybe leadershippromotes simple behavior,
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  • that's gonna be really damaging,that's really bad for us.
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  • But righteousness iswhat exalts a nation.
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  • What's interestingabout righteousness
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  • is righteousnessis not limited to,
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  • or dictated by,someone's personality.
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  • And a lot of times we think,"Oh, that's not a nice person.
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  • They're not righteous."
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  • Well, except theBible doesn't judge
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  • just based on what someone says.
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  • In fact, there's a story thatJesus told about two sons.
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  • A man had two sons,and the father said,
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  • "Hey, I need you to go,
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  • and I needed to take careof this thing at home."
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  • And one son said, "Oh,father, I will do it,"
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  • but he never went.
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  • One son said, "Uh, dad, I don'thave time, I can't do it."
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  • But he has a conviction,change of heart,
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  • and decides he's gonnago, and he does it.
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  • And then Jesus asked the crowd,
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  • "Which one of these reallydid the will of the father?"
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  • And he said, "Well,the one who did
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  • what he was supposed to do."
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  • Notice, the one whodid the right thing
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  • wasn't the one whosaid the right thing.
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  • And this matters because it'snot just what someone says,
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  • it's their policy, it's notpersonality, it's policy.
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  • And when we look atrighteousness exalting a nation,
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  • it's just interesting, theway we view things today
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  • is we determine righteousness
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  • based on the externalpersonality of someone,
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  • not just the policyof what they support.
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  • - Yeah, righteousnessis measured in the Bible
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  • by public policy.
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  • In other words, have youcreated a public policy
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  • God can bless?
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  • If it's righteous,he can bless it,
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  • the whole nation's exalted.
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  • If it's a policy he can't bless,
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  • it's a policy thatviolates his principles,
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  • He's not going to bless it.
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  • And it doesn't matterhow many times you say,
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  • "God bless America," he'snot going to bless policies
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  • that violate his principles.
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  • And so policy, you haveto measure actions,
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  • as you said, it's not words,
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  • it's not whether the candidatesays the right thing.
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  • What's their policy? Whatwill their actions be?
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  • Will they createpolicies God can bless?
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  • Now, how do you knowwhat God's gonna bless?
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  • It's interesting, whenyou go back to Israel,
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  • because Israeland their history,
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  • by the time they got to Egypt,
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  • they were in slavery 400 years.
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  • God brings them outwith great power.
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  • And we know what happenedwith the 10 plagues,
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  • and 10 huge miracles, getsthem across the Red Sea.
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  • He gets them out in themiddle of the desert,
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  • and there's nobody chasing them,
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  • because Pharaoh'sbeen wiped out.
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  • But he's got them out here,
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  • and they've been thinkinglike slaves for 400 years.
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  • And he says, "Okay guys, I'mgonna make a nation out of you.
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  • Now, here's whatyou need to know.
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  • You don't have aclue how to govern.
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  • You've never done it before.
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  • You don't even know howto think about this.
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  • So, I'm going to tellyou everything about it."
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  • And he goes throughand give some 613 laws.
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  • And those laws govern everythingany nation will ever need.
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  • They govern laws on education.
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  • They govern laws onmarriage, and morality.
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  • There's laws on economics.There's laws on immigration.
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  • You name it, it's all there, so-
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  • - Well let me point out, sothat means that the Bible covers
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  • every imaginable topic-- That's right.
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  • - We could think of,the Bible covers.
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  • So if we're looking atpolitics and saying,
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  • "Well, where should Istand on these issues?"
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  • What you can know is the Bible
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  • either has the direct command,
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  • or gives direct guidance, thatcan be applied to that issue.
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  • Every single topic you can name,
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  • you can find guidanceon in the Bible.
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  • So the first thing Iwould take from that is
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  • the Bible does give direction.
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  • Now again, with us talking about
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  • how do we haverighteousness in a nation?
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  • It's easier to haverighteousness fromhaving godly leaders.
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  • That would be important,
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  • because hopefully godly leaders
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  • are gonna promote godlinessand righteousness.
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  • So we want godly leaders, buthow do we get godly leaders?
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  • And this is where havingeven the priorities
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  • of knowing whatshould we vote for,
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  • what should I look forin this godly leader?
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  • This is where it getsinteresting to me,
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  • in the Old Testament, 'causefrom those 613 commands,
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  • God then boiled down and said,"Where's a few priorities
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  • we need to make sure aregonna be a key focus for you,
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  • of all of these commands."
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  • - Yeah, God calls Mosesup on the mountain,
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  • "I've given you all of theselaws, all of these commands,
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  • but here's my top 10."
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  • And it's interesting,Moses later describes
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  • the 10 Commandments asthe tenor of God's law.
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  • And tenor meanslike the backbone,
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  • the heart, the soul, the guts.
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  • In other words, "Of all the613 laws, here's my top 10."
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  • So God has made 10 areasa priority category.
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  • And so when you lookat public policy,
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  • it could be things likeenvironmental issues,
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  • or welfare, helping the poor,it can be all sorts of things,
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  • but God still said, "Yeah,I dealt with all that,
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  • but here's my top 10."
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  • And so when we come to voting,
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  • as important as theseother issues may be to us,
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  • we've gotta rememberwhat God's top 10 are,
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  • and vote accordingly.
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  • And he gives us great guidancein those 10 Commandments,
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  • on what issues should bepriority in public policy.
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  • - Yeah, when you lookat the 10 Commandments,
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  • the first fourcommandments deal with
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  • our relationship with God,
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  • and arguably, we would say
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  • that's where we kind of getthe idea of religious liberty.
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  • As you go down to the next six,
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  • it's our relationshipwith humans,
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  • and among those inrelationship with humans,
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  • one of the commands that wesee is you should not murder.
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  • Well, when you look at theword murder, in Hebrew,
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  • it actually talks aboutshedding innocent blood.
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  • This is a distinction
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  • that God wasn't alwaysagainst killing, right?
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  • God honored Davidfor killing Goliath.
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  • That was a really goodmoment in David's history,
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  • but God was againstshedding innocent blood.
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  • That's why King David got introuble when he murdered Uriah,
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  • after the affair with Bathsheba.
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  • God is always against murder.
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  • Murder is sheddinginnocent blood.
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  • Well, if we think aboutcultural application,
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  • where are areas in culturetoday that sheds innocent blood?
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  • I think you would haveto talk about abortion
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  • as being one ofthose primary issues,
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  • 'cause that's shedsinnocent blood,
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  • and knowing what the Bible says,
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  • that God formed usin our mother's womb,
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  • that God values that life.
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  • That would be an issuethat certainly would,
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  • we could argue,made God's top 10,
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  • 'cause it's sheddinginnocent blood,
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  • and God wants to protect life.
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  • Also in the 10 Commandments,
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  • it talks about honoringyour father and mother,
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  • which gives you the idea
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  • of what a family unitshould look like.
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  • And don't commit adultery,
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  • because we don't want todestroy that marriage,
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  • that family unit.
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  • So God's interested in marriage,God's interested in family.
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  • God wants to protect life.
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  • God cares aboutreligious liberty,
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  • us being able toacknowledge him.
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  • This is all just fromthe 10 Commandments.
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  • And so if we acknowledgethat God covers
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  • a variety of issues inthe Bible, and he does,
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  • and God cares about many things,
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  • but he starts with a priority,
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  • saying, "Hey,let's look at life,
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  • let's look at religious liberty.
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  • Let's look atmarriage and family."
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  • Those are things that arepretty high on God's list.
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  • - Also high on God's list,
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  • he says in the veryfirst covenant he makes,
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  • back with Abram, "Abram,you're gonna have a nation,
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  • and whoever curses thatnation, I'm gonna curse.
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  • Whoever bless thatnation, I'm gonna bless."
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  • So it's really important
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  • how we deal with thenation of Israel.
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  • If we don't take theright stand on Israel,
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  • God won't take theright stand with us,
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  • regardless of whichnation it happens to be
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  • taking the good, or wrong stand.
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  • So Israel is reallyimportant, and the other thing
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  • is when God is tryingto restore Israel,
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  • after they've had a realdowntime under King Manasseh,
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  • really, really bad king,
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  • God's talking toIsaiah and says,
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  • "I'm gonna restore the nation,here's how I'm gonna do it.
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  • I'm gonna give you judgeslike you had at the beginning,
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  • I'm gonna give you attorneyslike you had at the first.
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  • And then you'll be called
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  • the righteousnation," Isaiah 1:26.
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  • So, God says therighteousness of your land
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  • is determined by thetype of judges you have.
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  • And if you look, so many ofour bad public policy issues
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  • didn't come from legislatures,they came from judges.
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  • And so, if I'm looking atelection, I'm gonna say,
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  • "Okay, what kind of judgeswill I get from this person?
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  • Will they be God-fearing judges,
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  • that'll give the rightdecisions that God can bless?
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  • What's the position ofthis person on Israel?
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  • Are they for or against?
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  • And what's theposition of this person
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  • on religious liberties, onabortion, and on marriage?"
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  • Marriage is a man and awoman, traditional sexuality.
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  • Those are in God's top issues.
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  • Now, other issuesmay be important toyou and that's great.
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  • But, when it comes timeto look at candidates,
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  • although there's a lot ofissues we may care deeply about,
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  • immigration, orenvironment, or welfare,
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  • when it comes time tochoose a candidate,
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  • remember the prioritiesthat God himself
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  • has put on those issues,
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  • and then look at theother issues below that.
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  • - Yeah, and when it comes tovoting someone into office,
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  • whether it's yourdistrict representative,
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  • or the next presidentof the United States,
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  • you want to identify some keyqualities in your candidate.
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  • Let's take a look atwhat you should consider
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  • when you choose.
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  • - [Narrator] Whatshould you consider
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  • when choosing a candidate?
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  • The party, their personality,
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  • eloquent speeches,great debates,
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  • whoever has the mostsigns littering the lawns?
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  • Lots of people votebased on these things.
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  • But as Christians, itis our responsibility
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  • to know who we are putting
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  • into these importantpositions of power.
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  • Every election isa chance to choose
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  • who will frame America'spresent policies,
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  • as well as what itsfutures will be.
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  • So what kind of candidatesshould we choose?
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  • Let's go to the Biblefor guidance on this.
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  • In Exodus 18:21, we'retold, select capable men
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  • from among the people, Godfearing, trustworthy men,
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  • who are averse todishonest gain.
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  • Appoint them over thepeople as leaders.
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  • So the first qualification isthat the candidate is capable.
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  • Is there a proven recordof strong leadership,
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  • and wise decision making?
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  • The past is usuallythe best indicator
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  • of how a candidate willperform in the future.
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  • The second qualificationis God-fearing.
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  • Ideally, we shouldchoose a person of faith.
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  • A candidate's faithplays a big role
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  • in how he or she makesdecisions on important issues,
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  • fights against injustice,
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  • and speaks up forthe marginalized.
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  • So ask yourself, "Is God thiscandidate's final authority?"
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  • If the candidate isGod-fearing and capable,
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  • then you're on the right trackto choosing a good candidate.
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  • The third biblicaltrait is trustworthy.
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  • We wanna choosesomeone who is honest.
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  • This should be a foundationalprerequisite for every leader.
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  • Are they truthful? Canyou trust their word?
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  • Then they may bethe right candidate.
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  • The fourth is thatthey are ethical,
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  • what the Bible describesas hating dishonest gain.
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  • You want to choose someone whowill not be swayed by bribes,
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  • dirty politics, specialperks, or power.
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  • What are the moral principles
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  • guiding thiscandidate's actions?
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  • Your elected officialshave thousands of choices
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  • in a given term, but youonly get to choose once.
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  • So use this simplefour step grid
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  • for electing good leaders,and choose wisely.
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  • (wind whooshing)
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  • - And looking at votingpriorities, we wanna make sure
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  • that as we vote, we are votingbased on what the Bible says.
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  • 'Cause everybody has theissues that they care about.
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  • We have certain little things
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  • that this is what matters to me,
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  • and it's great that we haveissues that we care about,
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  • and probably God putsthings on our hearts,
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  • so that they're burdens tous, and we'll pray for them.
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  • We get involved andmake a difference.
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  • We just want to make sureas we're choosing leaders,
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  • that we're not ledby our thoughts,
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  • our desires, and our emotions,over what the Bible says.
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  • And the Bible is prettyclear on giving us guidance,
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  • of where righteousnesscomes from,
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  • or maybe what the Bible says
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  • about how weprioritize the issues.
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  • It's easy for us to getcaught up on what we want,
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  • and sometimes misswhat God might want,
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  • or what the Bible says.
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  • - There's a great exampleof this in the Civil War.
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  • President Abraham Lincolnwas in the White House,
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  • and for him, PresidentLincoln makes really clear
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  • that the Civil War wasreally a righteousness issue.
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  • For him, he didn't see any waythat God could bless slavery.
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  • And as long as we hadit, he didn't think God
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  • was gonna bless America.
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  • So the second inaugural,he really covers that.
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  • And there's an account ofhim being in the White House,
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  • with a bunch of ministers.
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  • And as he's walkingthrough the White House,
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  • he heard some ministers talking,
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  • and one of the ministerssaid to the other,
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  • "I really hope God's onour side in the war."
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  • Lincoln heard that,stopped, turned around,
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  • went back and said, "Not me."
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  • He says, "I don't wantGod to be on my side,
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  • I wanna be on God'sside in this."
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  • And that's really whatwe wanna do when we vote.
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  • We don't wanna justchoose sides and say,
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  • "God bless what I've chosen."
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  • We want to choose accordingto God's standards,
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  • and God's priorities,
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  • and that really is part ofour stewardship in voting,
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  • is elevating what'simportant to him.
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  • - So what should people doto actually get involved now?
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  • - Well, we've talked a lotabout voting priorities,
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  • but how do youactually get involved?
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  • What practical steps can we take
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  • to make a difference inthe election process?
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  • Check this out.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - [Narrator] The civil arenacan be an intimidating place,
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  • but the more informed you are,
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  • the more empowered youwill be to get involved.
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  • Voting is not just a right,it's a responsibility.
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  • As Christians, we arecalled to steward the nation
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  • God has placed us in,
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  • but stewardship starts longbefore you head to the polls.
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  • First, remember this, chooseprinciples over party.
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  • Look at what the Biblesays about education,
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  • life, economics, marriage,family, immigration,
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  • religious liberty, andthen choose the party
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  • and the candidates thatbest mirror those values,
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  • principles over party.
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  • Second, it'simportant to support
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  • the good quality candidatesrunning for public office.
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  • Although the candidate whostands for godly values
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  • may often be bullied, belittled,
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  • attacked or ignoredby the media,
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  • this is not aninsurmountable problem.
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  • A candidate canovercome the media
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  • with a strong grassrootsteam lifting him up.
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  • So when you find a goodcandidate, get involved,
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  • offer whatever financialsupport you can,
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  • volunteer some of your time,
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  • even if it's onlyan hour or two.
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  • Voice and show your supportfor those candidates
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  • in the community, vote at allprimaries, and main elections.
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  • Call or write his or her office
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  • to let them know that yousupport what they're doing.
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  • Unfortunately, too fewChristians communicate
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  • directly with thoseelected to represent them.
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  • Politicians are constantlymaking decisions
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  • that will affect yourcity, state, and country,
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  • and a well writtenletter or email
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  • can have more impactthan you can imagine.
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  • Third, once you have becomeactive as an individual,
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  • it may be time tolead community change.
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  • Yes, you, gather otherswho believe as you do,
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  • and start a local groupin your community.
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  • Effective changemost often comes
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  • through well-organizedand well led groups,
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  • that represent a bodyof the electorate.
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  • Finally, pray becomeactive in praying
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  • for leaders andofficials at all levels,
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  • as instructed in1 Timothy 2:1-4.
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  • Pray for elected officials,issues, court cases,
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  • and potential candidates.
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  • There is power in prayer.
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  • As a founding father, JohnHancock wisely challenged
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  • Christian citizens in his day.
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  • "I urge you, by all that isdear, by all that is honorable,
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  • by all that is sacred,not only that you pray,
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  • but that ye act."
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  • Do all four ofthese action steps,
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  • and you can shape the futureof your city, state and nation.
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  • It's time to put yourinfluence to work
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  • through electionseason and beyond.
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  • - This is somethingthat certainly the Bible
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  • gives a lot of indicationabout the significance
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  • of our involvement, where weknow Jesus talked often times,
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  • many parables about stewardship,
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  • where there was amaster, and he left,
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  • and people were in charge,
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  • and stewardship isimportant in God's kingdom.
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  • And knowing thatstewardship is important,
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  • I find it interestingwhen Jesus said
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  • "That you need to becareful what you say,
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  • because you will give an account
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  • for every idle word youspeak on judgment day."
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  • That's kind of aterrifying thought.
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  • Every idle word?
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  • I mean, we knowalso Proverbs says
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  • that where words aremany, sin is not absent.
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  • So you wanna becareful what you speak,
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  • but here's what Iwanna point out.
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  • If we're gonna bejudged for idle words,
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  • imagine how much we will bemeasured for our actions,
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  • 'cause if words arethat important, whatabout our actions?
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  • And not only are ouractions important,
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  • sometimes are our inactivity,or our lack of actions,
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  • becomes equally important,
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  • because if wedidn't do something
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  • that we're supposed to do,
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  • we're gonna be in troublewhen that time comes.
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  • And the Bible is very clear,
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  • we're supposed to beinvolved doing something.
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  • - Yeah, the Bible reallyteaches that well,
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  • in the book of Genesis.
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  • And Genesis is the creationstory, everything begins there.
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  • And so you have the firstsix days of creation,
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  • and you've got thelight and the dark,
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  • and the waters aboveand the waters below,
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  • and the fish and theanimals and everything.
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  • And in Genesis 2:5,the scripture says
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  • that God looked and saw
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  • that he had no oneto tend his garden.
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  • And so we see the creationof Adam, and in Genesis 2:15,
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  • Adam was put thereto tend his garden.
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  • So, why was man created?
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  • To take care of God's stuff,
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  • that's why he putus here as stewards,
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  • and one of his institutionsthat he created,
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  • he created a governmentbefore he created the church.
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  • I mean, this is anearly institution,right, in Genesis 9.
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  • He put us here to takecare of his stuff,
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  • And that's a mandate we have,
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  • which includes in thecivil arena as well.
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  • - Yeah, it's interestingto think about,
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  • that the reason God created man
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  • was not merely for therelationship aspect.
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  • We think so much thatwell, we're just here
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  • to have relationship with God.
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  • Well, that is true, thereis no doubt about it.
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  • But God didn't need just morepeople to sing worship to him.
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  • He had thousands ormillions, billions,
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  • I don't know angels,there's lots of them,
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  • that's what we know,there's a lot of angels.
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  • He didn't need more peopleto sing songs to him.
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  • But, what the Bible saysis he wanted somebody
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  • to take care of thisincredible thing he made.
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  • And it reminds me even of,we talked about in Luke 19,
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  • where Jesus taught the parable,
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  • and there was a master who left,
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  • and told all of the servants,
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  • "You're in chargeuntil I return."
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  • What's interesting, ifyou read the gospels,
  • 00:19:57.941 --> 00:19:59.843
  • is so often beforeJesus taught a parable,
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  • he said, "The kingdom ofheaven is just like this."
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  • And then he tells thisstory of earthly relation,
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  • of how things work, but he said,
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  • "The kingdom ofheaven is like this."
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  • If the kingdom of heavenis like the master,
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  • who went out of town, andthen he came back one day,
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  • and said, "Okay, all servants,
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  • you are in charge of allthat I had while you're gone.
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  • Now tell me whatyou did with it."
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  • That sounds likeJesus is saying,
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  • "This is what it is for us."
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  • Jesus was here, he left.
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  • One day, he's gonna return,
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  • and we're gonna haveto give an account
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  • for everything wedid, or did not do.
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  • And one of the things
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  • that God has entrustedto us as Americans,
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  • and this is whereAmerica is unique,
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  • compared to manynations of the world,
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  • is we have the ability tovote, to choose godly leaders,
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  • to be a part of the process.
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  • One day, we're gonnahave to give an account
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  • for the stewardship,when God says,
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  • "What did you do withthat vote I gave you?"
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  • We're gonna have to say,"Well, I voted for this guy,"
  • 00:20:54.931 --> 00:20:57.534
  • and that might begood or might be bad.
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  • But I would be terrifiedto say, "Well, Master,
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  • I knew you were a hard man,
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  • and you reap whereyou haven't sown,
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  • and you gather whatyou haven't scattered,
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  • so I just buriedit in the ground."
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  • I know what happened for thatservant, and it wasn't good.
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  • And to me, that's achallenge as Christians,
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  • why we have to beinvolved in the process.
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  • - Yeah, we have to be involved.
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  • The objective isrighteousness exalts a nation.
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  • But the only way you getrighteousness in this system,
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  • is by righteous policies.
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  • And the best way toget righteous policies
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  • is to elect righteous leaders.
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  • And the way you electrighteous leaders,
  • 00:21:29.433 --> 00:21:31.635
  • is by righteous peoplevoting for righteous leaders,
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  • who will do righteouspolicies, that God can bless.
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  • It comes back to us,
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  • more than it does ourpolitical officials.
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  • We're the stewards.
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  • - So looking atelections in general,
  • 00:21:42.879 --> 00:21:44.214
  • there's a lot involvedin the process.
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  • There's a lot involvedwhen people decide
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  • they wanna run foroffice, and maybe one day,
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  • God's going to lead you toget involved in the process.
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  • Maybe you're goingto run for office.
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  • You're gonna be onthe school board.
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  • You're gonna be inthe city council.
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  • Maybe one day, you'regonna be a state rep,
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  • or congressmen, senator,president of the United States.
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  • It'd be awesome.
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  • We know that God calls people
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  • to get involved in the process,
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  • both the vote, and torun as elected officials.
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  • There's a lot involvedin that process.
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  • And in the midst ofall these conversations
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  • we've been having,one of the things
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  • that hopefully is becomingapparent and evident
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  • is that in the midstof American culture,
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  • and we've seen a lot of darkness
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  • begin to spread throughoutmuch of American culture.
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  • And the reason darkness spreads
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  • is because there'san absence of light.
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  • And one of the crazy things,
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  • as we look at culture around us,
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  • that we hear so oftenwhere people say,
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  • "Oh, it's just so bad,there's so much darkness.
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  • There are so many problems."
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  • And every time I hear someone
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  • talk about the darkness ofculture, the sin in culture,
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  • I remember what Jesussaid, in Matthew 5,
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  • "The solution of darknessalways is light."
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  • If you walk in a darkroom, and you're nervous,
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  • what do you do, youturn on the light.
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  • Well, what didJesus say we were?
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  • We are the light of the world.
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  • As we look at culture around us,
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  • we have to recognizewe are the solution
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  • for every problemwe see in culture.
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  • God is calling us to getinvolved and make a difference.
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  • And right now is our time.
  • 00:23:03.827 --> 00:23:05.595
  • We need to be good stewards.
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  • We need to get involvedin the process,
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  • promoting righteousness, havingthe right voting priorities,
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  • that at the end,we can once hear,
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  • "Well done, good andfaithful servant."
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  • (gentle music)
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  • - [Narrator] Doesyour vote count?
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  • Let's take a lookat the numbers.
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  • Only about one in fourAmerican adults vote
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  • to choose their federaland state legislators,
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  • and their governors, innon presidential elections.
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  • 2.6% is all it tookfor a landslide win
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  • in a recent mayoral race inAmerica's second largest city,
  • 00:23:35.459 --> 00:23:38.895
  • where less than 10%of adults voted.
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  • Only three out of fourAmericans register to vote.
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  • Four out of 10 choose notto vote for the president.
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  • Thus, four out ofevery 10 adults
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  • who are qualified toparticipate in the process,
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  • voluntarily refus6e to do so.
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  • 5% of eligible voters
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  • elected the mayor of Dallas,Texas in a recent election.
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  • Only 5%, and that's ina city with a population
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  • greater than 10 separatestates in the U.S.
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  • Only six out of every10 registered voters
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  • actually bother to votein presidential elections.
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  • This makes it possiblefor our nation's president
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  • to be selected by lessthan 1/3 of the population.
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  • Seven out of everyeight eligible voters
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  • do not vote for their governors,
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  • senators and representatives.
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  • Hard to believe, but innon-presidential elections,
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  • only about one infour American adults
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  • vote to choose theseelected officials.
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  • And since only amajority of that 1/4
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  • is necessary to select thewinners, those numbers add up.
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  • Which brings me to number nine,
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  • nine out of 10 U.S.citizens 18 or older
  • 00:24:37.621 --> 00:24:40.357
  • have the right to vote.
  • 00:24:40.357 --> 00:24:41.992
  • And yet, tens ofmillions of Christians
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  • are not even registered to vote.
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  • At the end of the day,the votes that count
  • 00:24:46.696 --> 00:24:48.665
  • are the votes that get cast.
  • 00:24:48.665 --> 00:24:50.467
  • And yet, 90 millioneligible voters
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  • did not vote in the lastpresidential elections.
  • 00:24:53.036 --> 00:24:55.939
  • That's 90 million Americans
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  • who decided theirvote didn't count.
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  • So what will you decide?
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  • Does your vote count?
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  • (wind whooshing)
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  • - A big election is approaching.
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  • And some major decisionsare about to be made.
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  • Voting is one ofour most important
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  • rights and responsibilitiesas U.S. citizens.
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  • And this next electionwill ultimately determine
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  • who makes the callsand all the issues
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  • that you and I carethe most about.
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  • In this upcoming election,your voice and your vote count.
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  • The president who takes officewill have the opportunity
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  • to make some majordecisions, this term,
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  • that will impactgenerations to come.
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  • The 1/3 of the Senate wevote in office this election
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  • will determine just how farthat next president can go,
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  • in making those decisions.
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  • And all of the House ofRepresentatives seats
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  • will be up for grabs.
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  • So this is the year to showup, and vote your values.
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  • - We have a chance to shapehistory, one vote at a time.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • (wind whooshing)
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