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