Christians & Election Day

4 Nov

Today is election day across America.  In addition to thousands of local and statewide raises, one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be elected today.  It is certainly an extremely significant day in the life of our nation.

In my opinion, there are Christians who take equally unhealthy positions when it comes to Christians and our involvement in politics.  On one hand, there are those who say that the key to turning America around is to organize Christians to vote for a certain party, making Bible believing Christians just another “voting bloc” of people who help to win elections.  The danger here is tying Christianity to a political party.  The polar opposite of this view comes from those who say that Christians should not be involved at all in politics and totally focus on proclaiming Christ and doing His work. The danger here is keeping our faith within the walls of our churches with no prophetic voice.  In my personal opinion, both of these extremes are equally bad.  Please allow me to share my thoughts on how Christians should approach election day.

(1)  Go vote and vote according to your Biblical, Christian values.  The argument that Christians should leave our faith behind us at the ballot box is absurd.  A Christian worldview informs every choice that we make in life – including our vote. Rest assured, everyone who votes today will do so from their personal beliefs, perspective, and worldview.  As a Bible believing Christian, you have every right to vote in accordance with your beliefs, perspective, and worldview.

(2)  Be reminded to pray for America. Election day is a great reminder to give thanks for our country and pray for its future. America needs a great revival.  Christ is the hope for our country – not a political party. The fact we have the privilege of voting is a testament to the fact that we are privileged to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I do not worship America, but I do unapologetically love America. I am greatly concerned about where we are heading as a nation. The power of God in a mighty revival can heal our land.

(3)  Be kind and show love to those who disagree with you.   Having strong convictions doesn’t have to mean we are obnoxious.  People are watching how we treat others, and if we show nothing but disdain for those who disagree with us it is an extremely poor witness. Everything we post on social media is “out there” for others to see and sometimes it isn’t pretty.  Remember that. For many who are unbelievers, this is a huge barrier to them coming to Christ.  In order to gain a hearing for the gospel, we must be willing to love and engage in conversation with those who disagree with us.  Even though a person may be voting for everything you are against, Christ loves them and died on the cross for them.

(4)  The results of an election do not alter the sovereign plan of God.  He is Lord regardless of how anyone votes. Nothing changes His plan or His power. This world is not in utter chaos; it is headed to an inevitable conclusion.  Do not get too worked up if the election goes your way, and do not despair if it does not.  Jesus is Lord.  Like many of you, I will sit down after my son’s ball game tonight to watch the election returns.  As of this writing, I do not know if I will be pleased with the returns.  However, I will absolutely know that the most important return has happened yet!

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1–3, NKJV)

 

 

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