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The Upcoming Election

Simply from the amount of yard signs, political commercials and vitriol – you can tell there is an election coming up soon. On November 4, Americans from all across the country will go to the polls and elect politicians who will represent them in various capacities. What are some Biblical guidelines for the Christ-follower when it comes to a democratic form of government election? I see several.

VOTE

1. Participate
In Matthew 22:17-21, Jesus seems to indicate that if it belongs to government respect and respond accordingly. If it belongs to God, acknowledge He owns everything and respond accordingly.

Jeremiah 29:7 teaches to seek the welfare of the earthly city. When you participate, you are to cast a vote for the common good.

2. Learn the candidates/platforms
Support the candidates you see showing strong moral leadership. If a candidate is corrupt or untrustworthy, we should have little confidence in his/her ability to govern wisely or seek the common good.

While the “platforms” of candidates can be incredibly varied and diverse, know primary convictions before secondary convictions. An important but secondary conviction would be things like tax rates, education policies, etc. An obvious primary conviction would be the protection of the unborn. (I could never cast a vote for a politician who would support abortion on demand.)

3. Pray (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
It appears that most Christians spend a lot more time disparaging specific politicians on social media than praying for them as commanded by God.

4. Trust
While God warns us about the difficulty we can expect when wicked people rule (Proverbs 29:2), God is still in control and can turn government leaders whenever He wishes. (Proverbs 21:1)

Participate, learn, pray – but know that the Kingdom of God does not depend on elections and will not be ushered in by politicians.

5 Comments

  1. “The kingdoms of Earth belong to the Most High God, and He will give them to whomever He chooses.”
    Pray God will withhold the judgement our country deserves, and grant us leaders who will be a blessing and not a curse.

  2. As a Christian who believes God’s word in Genesis 1:28. ‘Be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the earth and subdue it.” In my bible’s explanation, (NIV) it explains that Man is steward of God’s creatures. He is not to exploit, waste or despoil them but to care for them and use them in the service of God and man. This tells me that Christians should be environmentalists. As a Christian, my vote not only supports a person sworn to uphold John 3:16 but also one who is fulfilling his responsibility in striving to take care of the earth as spoken in Genesis 1:28. For me, My Christianity decides my vote. Not politics.

    1. Denise, thanks for your comment and good insight that mankind should be a good steward of all that he/she has been given responsibility over (money, talent, environment, etc). The subjectivity in being a good steward over the environment is where the tension comes in for many. Often, managing the environment well has spilled over into worshipping the environment. Thanks again for the comment.
      Bruce

  3. Thankyou for the reminder that it is our God who puts those in leadership.Voting for me is confusing and I have such difficulty wondering if those I am voting for will carry out the things they promise to do.It is the matter of whom can I trust. So I pray and encourage myself with what The Lord says in Proverbs 3:5&6 Trust in THE LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.You also reminded me that it is my responsibility to pray for my leaders. May they give theirs hearts and lives to The Lord Jesus Christ for now and all eternity.

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