Are you tired of all the political ads on the television? There have been so many of them that I feel I have grown numb. The volume of ads can be overwhelming enough, but what bothers me the most is the quality of the ads. The vast majority of them are negative toward the other party, which I believe only fosters the division that exists in our country. What happened to the days when a candidate promoted where they stood without bashing the other party? It seems politicians are more bent on tearing down their opponent’s ability to lead rather than building up the concept of why they are equipped to lead. How are we to stand behind an individual as president when they enter the White House already “behind the eight ball?”
I know I am not alone in this. I have talked to so many who are discouraged in our election process. They are tired of voting for the “lesser of the two evils.” They refuse to vote because they feel neither candidate represents them, or else that neither candidate is qualified to lead. Some just don’t want to bear the burden of voting for a man, and then finding out afterward that they voted for the “wrong man.” Whatever the reason, many will forfeit the right to vote this year, only to find themselves under the political leadership that the masses feel are the worthy leader — whether they are or not.
As one who seeks to follow Christ, what is my role supposed to be? How am I supposed to respond in this election season that is upon us?
Romans:13:1-2 says this:
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
As Americans, we have been given an incredible gift to have our voices heard in who becomes our governing authority. We have the opportunity to vote for our elected government officials. As a follower of Jesus Christ, this is not just my right, but also my responsibility. This Bible passage states that God has established all authority. Now, some Christians have taken this to mean that God will place in office whomever He chooses, and then use that reasoning to justify why they need not vote. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a nation where the God-given established government is based on the voice of the people, it is all the more crucial that the Church — God’s voice in this world through the Holy Spirit — be all the more diligent to make that voice heard each election. We are called to be “the salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matthew 5). We need to be sure we have done all we can as God’s ambassadors to see that the man whom He has chosen to govern us these next four years makes it into office.
Now, as followers of Jesus Christ, it is vitally important that when we vote, we do not vote based on our own will, but the will of God. Who does God want in office? This decision can only be reached as we humbly, and with no agenda, fall on our knees before God and ask Him to direct us. We need His eyes, His heart, and His wisdom to make such a decision. That goes far beyond any wisdom we could have in the natural.
Last, but not least, we must remember that — regardless of who gets in office — that we have done our part in the election process. We then have a God-given responsibility to stand behind and submit to the new governing authority that is over us, whether it is the individual we voted for or not. Always remember to pray redemptively for our leaders and that God would lead them in the decisions that they face in leading our country.
As you get ready to go out and vote, remember to also pray that God would give wisdom to all voters that are discharging their God-given responsibility in the voting booth. Pray now for those that are not planning to vote or lingering on the fence about voting, that they would see the importance of making their voice heard and have the sobering knowledge that this is one of the most important decisions they will make that will affect generations to come.
See you at the vote! God bless you…and God bless America, as we bless God!