VoteElection Day, 2012 is upon us.  Millions of Americans have had enough of political ads telling us why the candidates are the fix for what ails us as a nation.  We have heard the arguments and the rhetoric and today we choose our next president and leaders.

Every four years we hear the latest election might be the most important of our lifetimes—but this year I believe it truly is.  Not because Barack Obama or Mitt Romney have all the answers, but because this day we choose more than a president and political leaders—we choose a path we will have to walk down for the rest of our lives.

Our choices from a political perspective are clear:  If you want bigger government, choose Obama and the Democrats.  If you want smaller government, choose Romney and the Republicans.  But if this election to you as a Christian is all about economics and your wallet, you are missing the big picture.  Because spiritually there is a lot at stake in this election.

Choose Obama and the Democrats and assuredly abortions will be funded with your tax dollars and homosexual marriage will become a protected right in our nation.  Choose Romney and the Republicans and these things may or may not happen.

We have repeatedly stated on this show that we believe homosexual marriage and the debate about it would define the church in this nation moving forward.  If homosexual marriage becomes a federally protected right, every church in this nation will one day be forced to choose:  Is your tax-exempt status more important than standing on the truth of God’s Word?

I have closely followed every presidential election since 1964, when I was 10 years old.  I really do believe this is the most important election in my lifetime.  Today we will choose the path we will walk down for a long time—economically, socially—and spiritually.

My prediction:  Romney will carry the popular vote 52%-48% and win about 290 electoral votes, making him the president-elect.  I have not been wrong since 1976, but who knows in these whacky times.  But the drama will not stop there.  I believe President Obama is the President the extreme left has patiently waited for—and they will not give up power easily.  I would not be surprised at all if this nation is spun into chaos and panic as claims of voter fraud and chants of “The 1% stole our nation from the 99%” ring loudly.

I hope and pray this election is resolved peacefully, no matter who wins.  Our nation is so bitterly divided right now and in a very fragile state.  But if chaos and confusion come forward out of this election, we as true Christians must be the voices of reason and calm—no matter who wins.  Our responsibilities and opportunities as disciples of Jesus Christ do not change no matter who our next president is.

God’s plans will not be foiled by any man—Republican or Democrat.  God moves the hearts of leaders to bring His plans about.  Our choice as Christians is this:  To remain hopeful and joyful no matter the results today, sharing the good news of the gospel.  “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Our duties and opportunities as Christians do not change regardless of today’s election.  But folks, fasten your seatbelts, because things might get very, very interesting.