Christians, Politics, and the Vote

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As the debates reach a close, there is a lot going around right now, most of which is more troubling than comforting (at least in my opinion). What can a conservative, Christian person do with what they are offered today as options for the next presidency? Well, that may be too complicated an issue to answer in a blog, but here are a few of my thoughts.

  1. Pray. Pray for your country, pray for your church, pray for your community. Whenever the people of God were faced with a seemingly unsurmountable task, they prayed and were delivered (e.g., Exodus 14:21; Nehemiah 1:4). This is our example to follow.
  2. Study. Get to know the potential presidents and decide who better fits what you believe is 1) a sound biblical framework, and 2) a sound American framework: in that order. Remember: you’re not electing a pastor. You’re electing a president. Don’t allow people to pigeonhole you into any specific group if you don’t fit it–or don’t have good reason to be there!
  3. Vote. Don’t leave this election (or any election for that matter) up to everyone else. This is a democracy, and with that comes a set of privileges and responsibilities. Enjoy them. Use them. Let your voice be known.
  4. Represent. Remember that at the end of the day, as a Christian, you represent the Kingdom of God before you do the Kingdom of Caesar. Don’t allow your frustration to compromise how you represent your faith. Insulting, derogatory comments are not befitting a citizen of the Kingdom of God (1 Peter 24:15-16).

Christians, we can take comfort in the verse that teaches us that God’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:34). That means, no matter who is in office, or what country we’re in, God is sovereignly in control, working all things for the glory of His name and the good of His people (Romans 8:28). And that should bring us comfort.

Blessings,

Joe

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