Tuesday, February 02, 2021

If Elections Are Rigged, Should Christians Bother To Vote? Arizona Begins Audit Today.

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has initiated an in-depth audit of the 2020 election ballot tabulation equipment, beginning today.

Maricopa County is the largest county in Arizona. 

Chairman Jack Sellers says he and the board are doing this because it's the right thing to do---to prove he and the board ran an honest election.

Vice-Chairman Bill Gates says: "We're doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way."

However, the comments from the board indicate it's more about vindicating themselves, than getting at the truth regarding Dominion and various other election irregularities.

If Christians believe elections are rigged, should we even vote?

Be informed, not misled.

Voting integrity is a big deal. 

Board Chairman Jack Sellers says "Maricopa County elections were administered with integrity throughout 2020. That's a fact. Multiple audits to date have proved as much, and multiple court rulings have concurred."

Board Vice-Chairman Bill Gates says:

"The audit will be conducted in a way that safeguards private voter information and protects the investment made by county taxpayers in the tabulation equipment. My hope is that the audit results will ensure the residents of Maricopa County have the same confidence in our elections that we have."

Supervisor Clint Hickman, says:

"I have been passionate about doing this audit. Every election-related decision and safeguard this board has made over the past year has had voter and election integrity in mind. The upcoming forensic audit of election equipment will be no different, and I hope it puts to rest the notion that somehow we've got something to hide."

My sense is that while this board may be sincere in wanting people to feel comfortable about voting, the main motivation is to vindicate themselves and prove the outcome they are predicting---and save their jobs.

I hope I'm wrong.

But why would this audit reveal anything different than the previous ones if part of the audit involves proving the voting machines the public has invested in are safe?

Dominion Voting Services has already been caught hiding from the truth. And why are these machines and software used in some of the most corrupt countries in the world? 

The board promises that in addition to the software and malware tests, one firm will also perform a logic and accuracy test of the county's tabulation equipment to ensure it accurately counted ballots and confirm that no vote switching occurred.

District 2 Supervisor Steve Chucri says:

"Elections are the foundations of our democracy and the most important right we hold as Americans. It is paramount that the public has trust in our elections systems and equipment and that is why I wholeheartedly support an audit to ensure this equipment is above reproach."

Although America is not a "Democracy," it's actually a "Republic," I agree. Voting integrity is foundational to our freedom and way of life.

Chairman Sellers says, "While I am confident in our staff and our equipment, not all residents are. This is a problem."

That's an understatement.

It is a problem. And the Arizona citizens will be left to sort it out when they are once again ensured that everything is just fine.

Senator Josh Hawley (MO-R) is not at all convinced "everything" in this last election was just fine.

He said Sunday:

"I think we need election reforms. I think we need to ban ballot harvesting. I think we need to take a hard look at how the mail-in balloting was administered in many of these states, including Pennsylvania, which did not follow their own law."

He says, "Democrats are twisting the reasonable concerns of election fraud and the constitutional objection of the Electoral College certification."

There's more, but Hawley is promising: "I am not going to back down before a liberal mob." 

Nor should anyone else.

With these kinds of reservations about election integrity, should Christians still vote in future elections even if they believe the election process was rigged?

I have had a number of people ask me that question. You've probably heard it as well. Maybe it has even crossed your mind.

The short answer is "Yes."

Here's why.

I personally believe that it is the duty and responsibility of every Christian to vote and to vote for leaders who promote Christian principles. I often say on our radio program, "God is in control," and He is, but that doesn't mean we should do nothing to further His will.

We are commanded to pray for our leaders (I Timothy 2:1-4).

There is evidence in Scripture that God has been displeased with our choices sometimes, so He cares (Hosea 8:4).

Much of the suffering we see in our world today is a result of godless leadership. Dictators in third world countries---far-left secular progressives in developed countries like ours (Proverbs 28:12).

I have personally spent a great deal of time in third-world and developing countries in ministry. They are often oppressed and persecuted in ways we can't even imagine for their faith. To whom much has been given, much is required.

Scripture instructs believers to obey legitimate authority unless it contradicts the Lord's commandments (Acts 5:27-29, Romans 13:1-7).

We should strive to elect leaders who will, themselves, be led by our Creator. If that is not a choice in an election, we should vote for the person whom we believe will best uphold Judeo-Christian values and principles.

Christians should vote as led by God's Word, personal prayer, and being personally informed.

Our efforts can and do lead our nation toward righteousness, even when the nation seems to be going away from righteousness under certain leadership.

Sadly, many Christians in America don't vote. Millions are not even registered to vote

As Christians, we must stand up and fulfill our civic duties. Jesus was very clear about that when he said, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's"  (Matthew 22:21).

In regard to our culture: Work as though it all depends on you. Pray as though it all depends on God, because ultimately it does.

But He has given us the task to do all we can humanly do for good, so we are required to be faithful.

 He'll take care of the results.

There's an election coming up next year. Start getting prepared

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.