Biblical Reasons to vote
Today is election day. The outcome of this election has the potential to take our country much farther away from the fundamental beliefs, principles, and freedoms this nation was founded on. Many know the devastating price it took to gain and uphold the freedoms we enjoy. I sense we could be teetering on the precipice of throwing it all away.
Whats at Stake in This Election
Supreme Court justices will be appointed during this presidents term in office. As Christians, our vote is essential and when led by the Spirit can be a voice for Gods kingdom and principles.
It is our responsibility as Christians to steward well the freedom we have been given to determine who wields power over this nation. Our votes in this election will in truth determine the lifestyle of ourselves and our children for the next 30-40 years because the next president could potentially be appointing up to four Supreme Court Justices who will each serve for the duration of their lifetime. We must consider the ideologies of the candidates as we consider who they may appoint.
Do we want justices who interpret and uphold the Constitution as our forefathers intended or justices who overstep their role to impress their personal ideologies on our nation?
This election I will be voting in light of future Supreme Court Justices who will have a longer lasting impact on our nation, our freedoms, and our way of life in America than any President ever could.
Biblical Reasons to Vote
As a Christian, I believe very strongly God intends for Christ-followers to influence the culture through our vote.
A family member I respect recently used a scripture reference from 1 Timothy to support his belief that God is in control. We need to do nothing but pray not even vote.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. 2 Timothy 2: 1-3
Notice the words First of all. In reality, this scripture reference does not infer that prayer is the sole thing Christians should be doing. Seeking Gods heart and praying for the salvation of authorities and government leaders is the first thing but not the only thing. This verse certainly does not reference a prohibition to vote and does not negate the importance of voting.
Sometimes its a good idea to take a step back to see the big picture.
Christianity is apostolic. It always has been. Its a going out to influence the world with the fragrance of Christ just as Christ went out from heaven to give his very life for us. We are to be his fragrance to those who are being saved and to those who are perishing in all spheres of life even in the political arena. (2 Cor. 2:14- 15.)
Gods plan has always been for us to be his witnesses and ambassadors on the highways and byways of everyday life. (Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 5:20.)
Just as Jesus enjoyed dinner with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 5:29-30), we are to engage with the culture as representatives of his kingdom.
Throughout history God has used people to accomplish his will. Yes prayer is essential. But when we pray, God moves. He doesnt move furniture he moves his people to act.
Christian action even the act of voting is not a sin. It is necessary. Its selfless. It often follows prayer. Christian action is evidence of a life lived in sweet fellowship with God.
Nehemiah prayed then he rebuilt the wall.
Esther and her people prayed then she went before the king.
Throughout the Old Testament, Gods people prayed and he led them into battle.
Jesus prayed then allowed himself to be nailed to the cross taking the full brunt of
punishment for our sins.
Paul prayed constantly and taught about prayer repeatedly, but he did not sit in his tent hiding away waiting for God to do something. He followed the Spirit and acted on behalf of the kingdom until his actions led to his death. If you want proof, read every letter ever written by Paul in the New Testament.
As loyal subjects of Gods kingdom, we are called to stand firm, resist evil and do what is good (2 Timothy 3 and 4, Titus 3:8, 1 Peter 2:13-15, Jude 1:3). The entire book of Titus actually leads to a place emphasizing that true faith resulting in good deeds (action) is Gods design and purpose. Through an abiding faith, good deeds provide evidence of a real relationship with a
God is beautiful and glorious. We were born to follow him, serve him gladly and stand for his kingdom. Were also called to act justly, demonstrate mercy, and fight for the welfare of the oppressed. (Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah 58:6-10, 1 Peter 2:16-17, Romans 12:1-2) As Christians, in a spirit of brotherly love, we should naturally be concerned about the rights and freedoms of our fellow Americans.
I can share many, many stories of true Christ followers being oppressed and grievously persecuted because of their faith. Some have lost their businesses and their life savings. (Check out Liberty Institute to learn about the cases they represent daily defending religious freedom.)
There are babies being murdered every day some after they have been in the womb long enough to live viably outside the womb.
The poor are not empowered but imprisoned in government systems.
Our vote can take a step toward supporting our brothers and sisters in the faith and protecting the rights of the vulnerable and oppressed.
God is in Control
Ultimately, God is sovereign and in complete control in the midst of all that is spinning out of control around us. He is not nor is he ever surprised by the ways of the world.
His words in the Bible show the intentionality in his heart and the specific efforts he has taken to encourage, guard, and protect us for all he knows well face in this earthly place.
God is more powerful than any world power. I have to remind myself of that daily. His goodness outweighs every evil. His plans will be accomplished. We have no need to fear or to doubt his ability to bring relief, rest, spiritual protection, and victory to those who trust him. He has already won the battle that truly counts. He is magnificent!
Be a faithful steward. Act responsibly. Vote!