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Dr. E. Dewey Smith Give Tips For Voting As A Person Of Faith!

Reader Dr.E.Dewey Smith said  he's been asked countless of times about the role faith plays in the voting process. So he has complied "10 TIPS FOR VOTING AS A PERSON OF FAITH":
1) Realize that America is NOT just for Christians and people who believe in the Bible. 
2) America has NEVER truly been a Christian Nation. Many of the "Founding Fathers" owned slaves. That alone proves how selective persons can be when it comes to faith and economics. Some supported a Mormon Candidate in the last election. Sometimes people of faith use it for political expediency. 
3) The job of the President is to uphold the U.S. Constitution. America is even for Atheists. People with no faith are JUST as American as those with faith. You might not like it but it's the truth. 
4) "State Sponsored Religion" always leads to horrible situations. Research history! 
5) We don't want the Supreme Court interpreting Scripture or Holy Documents. 
6) If "Faith" will be the basis of ALL laws in America, which faith will we use? 
7) There's a difference between PERSONAL theology and PUBLIC policy. For instance, my PERSONAL theology allows women to hold leadership positions, but some people don't hold those views. Which PERSONAL view is correct? 
8) Our Elected Officials are not THE SAVIOR!!! 
9) I believe in Heaven & it's NOT America. 
10) Don't base your vote on 1-2 issues. 
Many Christians have major theological issues with Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage. While we are entitled to support whatever we choose, please know that there are MANY other issues that affect our Nation. National Security, the Economy, Mass Incarcerations, Justice, Diversity, The Economy, Gender Equality, Racism, Foreign Policy, Education, the Environment, Social Security, Immigration, Presidential Temperament and Education are just a few. Familiarize yourself with a host of issues and not just a few. It will help you to be more thoughtful and holistic. You may not have a candidate that shares your views 100%. iN CLOSING, this world isn't "home" and therefore will NEVER be perfect! Our political frustrations are often simple signs to remind us that we are not at "home" yet.
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  1. Miss Ann,

    As believers who have purposed to separate ourselves from the world (in the world but not of the world John 17), we are not to put ourselves in a position of thinking that our vote counts (we know they rig the system) and that our vote will change our world for a better place (Matthew 24 and 2 Timothy 3 prophesy of hard days ahead - so we need to brace ourselves).

    We are instead called to pray for the leaders we have and be obedient to the laws (1 Timothy 2 and Hebrews 13).

    Voting is not a commandment of God.

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    1. B000! What a cop-out! Be obedient to the laws of an evil person? Should have thought about that when you decided not to get involved.

      Voting is not a commandment of God. Neither is wearing shoes. But it's better than going barefoot.

      NOT voting for a candidate is a personal choice, but praying about a bad leader who got voted in... because you DIDN'T vote...That is on a whole new level of passiveness.

    2. @ B000! Anonymous,

      The word of God is for our life, preservation, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. If you took time to read you would understand from the beginning, the worldly governments are in opposition to God (1 Samuel 8 [read the consequences God foretold the children of Israel for demanding a king over them]).

      For believers in the LORD Jesus to think that they can make any impact on this evil world through their vote is unfortunate. This world belongs to a prince who is in opposition of God's laws and runs the show (John 12 & 14).

      There will be a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65 & Revelation 21). And we are encouraged to set our hearts on the things that are not worldly (Colossians 3).

      And I believe that is how we exercise the peace that passes all understanding through Jesus Christ our LORD (Philippians 4).

      It is not being passive, we need recuse ourselves from the world's madness!

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    3. It's not that they can't believe, it's that they won't believe".

    4. You would think as a pastor, addressing people of faith, Christianity in particular, he would at least make one, just one appeal to some Scriptures references in the Bible about what God has to say about the matter, rather than just giving his opinions. I guess many applaud Him because he's DEWEY SMITH the religious pastor having some great say so in this worldly event. According to some they are just glad that he is some "earthly good". They feel he is a good example many religious people should follow.

    5. Paul said follow jeanie as I follow Christ...

    6. *me as I follow Christ...

    7. Well, in Romans 13:1-14 didn't Paul instruct us of our obligations as an earthly citizens? Not voting isn't going to make you or anyone else any holier, nor will it make the world any safer. It could, however, affect some of the everyday liberties that we all enjoy. If you think racial profiling and inequalities are bad now, just wait until the conservative supreme court justices are appointed and take away our best resources that enable us to fight against injustices and for equal opportunities. As the old saying goes... you don't know what you have until it's gone.

    8. If you can, please turn with me to Romans 13:1-14. And I am using the New International Version:

      Submission to Governing Authorities

      13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

      6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

      Love Fulfills the Law

      8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

      The Day Is Near

      11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c]

      Anonymous above, please point out to me the exact phrase/sentence the urges us as believers to campaign or vote for the political leaders. And like in Habakuk 2, make it plain that I might run with it.

      Otherwise do not confuse Paul’s urging for us to submit to political leaders to vote for political leaders. There is a difference.

      Submit = accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.

      Vote = a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice.

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want…

    9. Those verses tell us that we have to abide by the laws of the land, which are set up by our government. Voting allows you to participate in the decision making process by choosing a candidate that best represents your political position. The Bible doesn't instruct you, verbatim, to do a lot of things that you do.

    10. Voting is not the law of the land. In that if you choose not to vote, you can not be arrested. Not so?

      Please make it more plain for me.

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    11. You're right, voting isn't the law of the land. However, voting allows you to participate in choosing the people who will make, apply, and uphold the laws. In addition to the presidential elections, it is also wise to vote in your local elections as they're even more critical to your everyday life. The Bible says use wisdom and I believe that God will take it away if we don't use it.

    12. @anonymous "The Lord is my ahepherd". GREAT explanation of Romans 13. Th8s passage, along with 1 Peter 2, clearly says God ordained government for the punishment of evil doers. These verses has nothing to do with voting at all.

    13. I'll tell you what is critical to my every day life, the WORD of God (Deuteronomy 8:3 & 32:47, Psalm 119, Matthew 4:4).

      Our local leaders are church members and when they campaign, they use phrases like, "the Lord has called me...". The pastors and bishops call them during service and endorse them before us to think it is our duty to vote. No. In Matthew 16 Jesus tells us to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. In otherwords, whatever comes from the pulpit isn't truth. The WORD of God is. Our LORD and savior prayed for his disciples asking God to sanctify them through his word for it is truth.

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    14. Ignorance is bliss. If you think about what government provides on a day-to-day basis: schools, transit, water supply, waste and sewage management, public health services, health regulations of restaurants, fire, police... those things are mostly provided by local government. And if those services are not adequate people have to supplement out of their own pocket. Things as personal as where you can live (zoning laws & property taxes) are decided by local government (think gentrification). Ultimately the choice is yours. But like I've already said, God instructs us to use wisdom, if you choose not to, I can't make you. God does for those who do for themselves. I'm voting and every other Christian that I personally know is too.

    15. I wouldn’t say it is ignorance on my part. To me it is realizing that much as government is providing for us in terms of health, education, security, welfare; I pay my taxes. I do also know that in the end the people who own the money in our communities push for their personal gains behind the scenes with our local leaders. So much as we vote for them, they are not entirely loyal to the causes pertinent in our communities.

      The world will make you think your vote matters and that you will have the change you can believe in (ref 2008). And now here we are in 2016 and we are NOT sure what that change was in 2008. Was it just to have the first black president in the white house so that history could be made or was it that we could have a better place where if a black man committed a traffic offense, it would not lead to the loss of his life?

      Do not forget that the world likes to have numbers thrown at us. After every debate, there are polls to show which candidate has the highest percentages on matters that have been debated on. These statistics are meant to legitimize the dog and pony show. The more people engaged (numbers), the more others (who are not yet engaged) will think that they need to be a part of something big. Yes it is big, but we as individuals do not control the outcome (ref Al Gore).

      So if you say that ignorance is bliss, well… so be it. Matthew 6:25 – 34 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

      Emphasis on “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”.

      PS God does not do for those who do for themselves, he does for those who trust him and obey his commandments. Read your bible sometimes. It will help you not to misquote God. It is sinful. (Proverbs 30:6 "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.")

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want…

    16. Well said Anonymous "The LORD is my Shepherd".

      My thoughts exactly the Matthew passage. OUTSTANDING!!!

      And when it comes to wisdom, The Scriptures teaches "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." AND "The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men".

      All the clichés, "Ignorance is bliss", “God does for those who does for themselves"...Man's wisdom.

      We are never called to serve Martin Luther King (a socialist, a preacher who denied the virgin birth) and Rosa Park (a trained trained Communist Party (CPUSA) activist) as some say, are turning in their graves because black folks don’t vote. LOL…

      We are called ONLY to serve, worship, and know the words and commandments of One Jesus CHRIST, who defeated death and the GRAVE.

      Someone once said "Social change doesn't take place in the USA unless the central bankers and their media assets sponsor it. Their long-term plan for world dictatorship is disguised as a spontaneous grassroots revolt. Increasingly as traitors are treated as heroes, the mass media, government and education reveal their true colors, and discredit themselves."

      "It's not that they can't believe, rather it’s they won't believe".

    17. I read my bible often. The actual phrase "God does for those who do for themselves" may not be in the bible, but what is biblical is Galatians 5:1.. where it's clearly states: for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Again, the choice is yours. Be blessed.

    18. Yeah but the Galations passage you mentioned, is talking about "freedom from sin" and not being in "bondage and slavery" to sin...

      The entire book of Galations was written to let those saints know they were set free by their faith in Christ, They had no need to be enslave by those Judaizers who taught the must keep the law as well. Christ set them free from the law as the law was a slave master. Jesus fulfilled the law, which only he could, died and rose so they could be set free. SORRY ANONYMOUS "The LORD is my SHEPHERD". Didn't mean to steal your thunder. It was the preaching of this BOOK (GALATIONS) that led me to put my faith in JESUS AS MY SAVIOR!

    19. Thanks Anonymous.

      No worries about stealing my thunder. It is about teaching the WORD of God for others to understand.

      We've been raised in church where the pastors manipulate the scriptures to their advantage. And Christians don't take the time to read the WHOLE bible in it's entirety to understand that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12).

      Sin and the worldly laws do enslave us, but Christ came to set us free from bondage. Amen!

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    20. Steal my thunder? Was this a competition? Your interpretation of scriptures differs from mine, which is the same reason why there are so many different denominations of Christianity. We can go back and forth all day & still not convince each other to see things differently. So I agree to disagree because I whole heartedly believe that there is nothing unbiblical about voting, and I will be voting. If you choose not to, that's your right. I'm greatful to Pastor Smith for his tips on the matter, they're spot on!

    21. Nopeople. No competition. It's called "courtesy" my friend. You addressed her. I butted in. In quite sure she understood. It's clear Paul talked about freedom from slavery from sin in Galations. He mention this same type freedom in others of his writings. Any other interpretation, including yours is WRONG.YOU WANNA VOTE, fine. But don't go around sensentualizing calling folks ignorant and unwise (because the Bible has a lot to say about wisdom, definitely not in the context you use it) because they quote scriptures and know some history about the intent of this world's political system.

    22. Like I said, we have different interpretations. You think mine is wrong and I think yours is unwise. We both stand strong in our convictions so let's just leave it like that. Be blessed my friend.

    23. Soooo...what is your interpretation? You only mentioned what the verse stated. And said you had a different interpretation. It's clear to me what the verses are saying.

    24. Soooo...what is your interpretation? You only mentioned what the verse stated. And said you had a different interpretation. It's clear to me what the verses are saying.

    25. Pardon the double posting.

    26. And what about my interpretation is "unwise"? You have got to be kidding me, right?

  2. Thanks Dr. Smith!

  3. Betty Sue Woods:Friday, 21 October, 2016

    The fact that people actually have to be told this is CRIMINAL. How did we get to this point where so MANY ... make that TOO many ... people need other people to think FOR them?

  4. Thank you Dr. Smith for your thoughtfulness. Unlike the white evangelicals community whose telling everyone they should vote for that racist, misogynist orange cheeto Trump.

  5. I'm glad that Dr. Smith, gave insight because I'm so tired of this rhetoric about them both being evil and not voting for neither....I'm with her....I can't fall for the rhetoric because it's to much at risk and it's a dangerous decision not to vote...She's not my 1st choice but she will be my only choice when I go to the ballot box.

  6. FINALLY!! A pastor who gets it!! Other religious fanatics will voluntarily opress themselves back into slavery because they're too literal and either unable or unwilling to use the wisdom that God has given us. I'm just glad that our ancestors weren't that stupid.

    1. I'm the anonymous who made the 2nd comment. You are so right! Thousands of blacks have Died because they TRIED in vote. And white racists didn't like that! Blacks where shot, beaten, lynched for merely getting IN the voting line. But TODAY we have many HOUSE NEGROES in the Church who REFUSE to be a part of the political process! MLK and Rosa Parks would be spinning in their graves over these House Negroes!!

    2. I wonder does this individual , go to work, do they drive( own a car(, do the go to the market, bank, watch tv, do they pay rent or own a home ? How about going to a doctor/hospital when needed? All these are "worldly things" !!!!

      I understand the scripture, but....

    3. Yes, the individual does work (2 Thessalonians 3) and does own a car, and takes care of her family - doctor visits and all (1 Timothy 5). But the individual does not watch TV regularly but listens to news every so often. What this individual doesn't do is to think because she owns a car, etc; then she has arrived (Philippians 3:20 & 2 Peter 3:13). She knows there is a better place than this and so sets her heart on things that are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). The things that she owns/has do not define her.

      That's what it means to live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

  7. Natasshia Roxanne HallFriday, 21 October, 2016

    Ms. Ann at least he is not passing out a list of who to vote for. I have seen this before as well. Then again we have to face the fact that what may be a piece of cake to some is a major challenge to others. A week mind can be easily lead.


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