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POSTED: November 2, 2009 10:46 a.m.
It’s that time again. November third is coming and you have to decide: Will you go stand in line and navigate the waters of the voting pool? Or will you say, “I just don’t have time for this, and what difference does it make anyway? I’m not going.”  Or, how about this one: “I don’t like the choices. I’m not even going to vote this time.” I actually had one person say to me in a restaurant this week, “Unless they can give me someone worth voting for, why should I bother?”  
Please! At the end of the day, we are the employers and elected officials are the employees.  Somewhere in the mix, we lost sight of the fact that we aren’t supposed to work for the government — it’s supposed to work for us.
I know what some people say about me, “There goes that crazy preacher. Why can’t he just give us a little devotional reading, inspire us and leave us alone?”  One of the biggest responsibilities of a pastor is to demonstrate that the principles of God are designed for everyday life. We need to understand the role God gave us in this nation, which — until further notice — is still under Him.
Many in our nation have no clue how true governing should work. They have no clue how the management of certain situations will affect the outcome of their lives. There is serious governing that needs to occur, but America has “dumbed itself down” regarding the process and its outcome. The civil servants we have hired with our votes have convinced us that we now work for them rather than the other way around.  
Well, the last time I checked, the representatives of the people were supposed to represent the people. Our tax dollars pay their salary. We vote them into office. They make promises to look after our best interests ... but I don’t think that’s happening anymore.
Many political leaders have taken on the responsibility of being “parents,” although that is not their role. We should be the “parents.” We do not elect people to be our governmental parents. For example, my dad used to send me to town to buy things at the store with money he gave me. Once, I came home with purchases that weren’t on the list I’d been given. I found out quickly that although I had been given spending power, my authority was limited to what may parents wanted. After all, it was their money — just like politicians spend our tax dollars.
Hypothetically, we are sending our delegates to the store and they’re coming home with whatever they want.
Our response has been simply to complain. But, at the end of the day, one truth rings true. You have no right to complain about what you permit! It is your responsibility to know about your government and keep it in balance.  If you do not like the balance, it is your responsibility and right to change it — starting on Nov. 3, election day.

Byler is the senior pastor of Bethesda “The Amazing Life” Church in Hinesville.
 

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