Transforming Our Minds–and Our Votes

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 in News, Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


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2016 | Week of March 21 | #1142

To me the harbinger of spring is not the Vernal Equinox but Holy Week. Christ’s world-changing victory over death on Resurrection Sunday, when He rose from the grave after meeting a violent, sacrificial death on the cross, was the most radical event in the history of mankind.

This Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and the new life we have been given in Him. That new life is meant to permeate every aspect of our lives, to change our lives forever in every way.

As Romans 12:2 says: “…Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (NKJV) Christianity turned the Roman world on its head! The First Church was so transformed that it literally turned corrupt and perverse Roman culture on its head by not only spreading the Gospel but by living the Gospel.

Christ’s radical work on the cross and earth-shattering victory over the grave leaves no room for complacency. Christians are and have been an active, involved people. The incredible message of Easter compels us to reach beyond the four walls of our churches into our communities.

That love and concern compels us to share the Gospel, to take part in food pantries, to help the homeless and the orphans, to run pregnancy resource centers and to reach out to the poor. It also means we take an active role in the governing of our communities because government, like marriage and family, is an institution God created for His glory and for the good of mankind.  In essence, we’re to be world-changers—just like the first century Christians.

Thanks to our form of government, and the freedom of religion we still enjoy, we have many ways to take an active role in the government of our communities – with the most convenient way being elections.

Wisconsin’s Spring General Election is Tuesday, April 5th. You and I have an opportunity on this day to help elect the individuals who will sit on our state Supreme Court, run for president of our country, and will decide the policies for our communities for the next few years.

Consider the types of elected positions and issues we’ll see on our ballot on Tuesday, April 5th. At the local level, we’ll elect school board members, city council members, village board or county board members, mayors, municipal, circuit or appeals court judges and any other nonpartisan, local elected offices, as well as perhaps a referendum.

School and city or county board members make incredibly important decisions that affect our lives, our families’ lives, and the lives of our communities more directly than state-level or federal-level policies. School board members control how and what the public schools teach the community’s children. City and county board members determine what kinds of businesses and organizations the community welcomes or prohibits.

And the importance of Supreme Court justices when it comes to issues such as religious liberty, for instance, is hard to overstate.  Presidential candidates? Our vote in the upcoming primary—and Wisconsin will still be very much in play for at least one of the two parties and maybe both—has more influence than it ever will in the November national election.

Elections have consequences, and they have far-reaching consequences. Policies put in place now will impact our communities, state and nation for years to come.

Wisconsin Family Council has voter education information for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race where incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley is facing challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, and for the presidential primaries. That information is available on our website, click HERE, or in print by calling 888-378-7395.

For general election information, what specifically will be on  your ballot, where you vote, how to vote absentee or in person, we recommend you visit myvote.wi.gov or call us at 888-378-7395.

It is so important that, as Christians, we take advantage of the opportunity of voting as one way to be a world-changer, as a way to take an active role in our communities. Christ’s incredible resurrection gives us new life and transforms our lives by renewing our minds, and we in turn, have an obligation to transform the world around us, to not only verbally share but to live the Gospel in every area of our lives, including taking our values to the ballot box on Tuesday, April 5th.

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

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