George Strickland, Ph.D.
Orthodox Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the Church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.
SEPTEMBER is a time of year when churches resume many of the activities that may have been put on hold during the summer months. It’s a time when planning turns into implementation. That makes it a perfect time to tap into the rich resources that are found in the talents of members and provide them opportunities to put their time and talents to work in the Lord’s kingdom.
As God’s caretakers, Orthodox stewards should care about the government God has entrusted to them. The Scriptures encourage Christians to respect government authority, obey laws, pay taxes, and be influential for good in the context of responsible citizenship [Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13].
When government leaders step out of line, Christians should step in. Our democratic form of government affords Christian stewards of citizenship the privilege to correct what is amiss and support what is good, just and beneficial. Speaking out on a moral issue is especially important.
Some people believe the myth that one person can’t make a difference in a vast, complex world setting. However, one doesn’t have to be a “big gun” to make a cultural, societal, political noise. Remember, it’s the squeaky wheel which gets the grease.
Someone put together a series of one vote decisions that underscore the power of one person:
In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.
In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.
In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency of the United States.
In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
In 1941, one vote put the draft into effect.
In 1960, one vote per precinct in four states gave John F. Kennedy the presidency of the United States.
The next time you think your thoughts or ideas can’t make a difference, remember this “one vote” list.
SOME ADDITIONAL CITIZENSHIP THOUGHTS
On November 2 Americans will have the opportunity to go to the voting booth and cast their ballots on many important items, including who will be the next president of the United States. It is part of good Orthodox Christian stewardship and Citizen stewardship to vote and to encourage friends, neighbors, coworkers and others in our realms of contact and influence to vote. It’s a shame that so many American citizens fail to exercise their vote. Make sure you vote and work to influence others to do the same. YOUR ONE VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!