For many, civil government and spirituality are diametrically opposed. Often, Christians see absolutely no reason to get involved with anything having to do with politics, even to the point of not voting. Three common reasons are:
• The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?
• There’s nothing I can do to make a difference.
• Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point.
In this series we have taken a closer look at each of these statements through a biblical lens, and in post four At the Very Least...Vote! we looked at the simplest way to get involved. What follows is a guide for voting.
VOTE GOD'S WORD
If the option is available, however, we must vote for godly leaders whose views match biblical principles. Instead of voting along party lines because we’ve always done it that way in the past, we must vote based on the Word of God.
For instance, we know God is opposed to abortion and homosexuality, so in order to vote biblically, we should seek candidates who also oppose abortion and homosexuality. The Bible has something to say about every issue we face. The more we study the Word, the easier it will be to identify those candidates whose views most closely align with Scripture.
Noah Webster, known as the Father of American Christian Education, advised, “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate—look to his character.”3
And Founding Father Samuel Adams warned us about taking our voting seriously: “Let each citizen remember, at the moment he is offering his vote, that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual…but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society, for which he is accountable to God and his country.”4
Our voting should not be restricted only to presidential races. Those running for president were once congressional leaders, senators, or governors. Local and state races are just as critical for the future of our country as presidential elections. Also important are elections of local judges and school boards.
No one area is a more important determinate of the future of our country than the education of our children. Let’s think about the difference between a school board filled with Bible-believing Christians and one filled with godless humanists. Which would we rather have choosing curriculum and making policies for our schools?
John Jay concisely summed up our duty as American Christians when he wrote,
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.5
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). We, the church, are the ones who will determine whether or not America will stay blessed. God will hold us accountable for what we do with the government He has given us. Our job is simple, yet essential: Pray, seek God for guidance on how to get involved, and in the meantime, vote for godly leaders.
3 Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823).
4 The Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume IV, Harry Alonzo Cushing, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1908).
5 The Life of John Jay: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, Volume II, William Jay (New York: J. & J. Harper, 1833).
This is part five of a five part series adapted and reprinted from the article "Should Christians Get Involved?" originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.