America is in a fight for her destiny. Our upcoming presidential election is about more than which personality or political party we prefer. There are many who are struggling with whom to vote for in the upcoming election.
As most Americans know, we are in the middle of the most contentious election in recent memory. Neither candidate is very appealing with some potential outcomes seeming bleak. As unsavory as both candidates are, many believers still feel it is irresponsible to abstain from voting. Every Christian appears to have their reasons for voting, but what about those who have chosen not to vote? Is not voting even an option for Christians?
As Christians, it is our duty and responsibility to vote and to vote for leaders who promote Christian principles. God is in control, but that does not mean we should do nothing to further His will. In fact, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 commands us to pray for our leaders.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Not only is voting the right thing to do, it is also what Jesus advises. In Matthew 22:21, despite the brutal and pagan ways of the Roman Empire, Jesus encouraged his followers to do everything they could to support their government.
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)
Jesus taught that people still had a responsibility to encourage and support their government in every way they possibly could. This same principle is true for us even today. We should do everything we can to encourage and support good government, and that includes voting.
Romans 13:1-17 lays out guidelines for the Christian relationship with government. The first thing that is apparent from these verses is that Christians should not have a rebellious attitude toward our leaders. Nothing happens that God does not authorize. Therefore, those politicians who are in power are there because God has allowed it! History has shown us that a people who are following God will have good leaders, but a people who reject God will have ungodly leaders.
A couple of weeks ago I watched a sermon from Jentezen Franklin called Pray, Fast, & Vote. I have watched this sermon several times because there are so many great points in his sermon. I HIGHLY encourage you to take some time to watch and listen to his sermon.
We as Christians need to take another look at the principles we allow to guide us at the polls! We must remember that we are not electing a religious leader. And we will always be electing a flawed person to lead a flawed people. Unfortunately, the perfect candidate just does not exist!
There are issues with both candidates, but there are also bigger issues with the way Americans are reacting to this election. Eventually, when the election is over and someone is sworn in as President, we won’t forget how disastrous this election was. We are also going to have to learn how to manage with how America is going to be with whomever our next president will be.
When voting, consider not just the candidate, but also the issues we face. Which candidate is going to make the decisions that are best for the whole nation? Who’s policies align more closely with the word of God?
Along with voting and being an active member of society, Christians need to pray for our country’s leaders, that they may follow God’s will. Praying for our country’s leaders is the most important thing you can do. 1 Timothy 2:2 calls for us to pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
We have the ability to make our opinions known by exercising our right to vote. Imagine, what America would be like if every Christian prayed for God’s guidance and voted their conscience. It would be a positive effect. Besides praying for our leaders and our country, voting is the best way for Christians to influence the political climate of our nation.
Our nation needs prayer right now. Prayer especially that God will raise up leaders who will stand for justice and morality, and will seek God’s will in all they do.
In November, the American people will be called upon to elect a political leader. Our next President will help shape the economic, foreign, and domestic policies for the next four years. He will execute the laws passed by Congress, and he will appoint judges to maintain liberty and uphold justice.
In November, please do your duty as Christians, and VOTE!