This is an important subject and more important than many realized since our last presidential election and as we see the current struggles of our country today and the results of God’s people not standing up for righteousness, truth and for His glory. We have revived/updated this post [originally 2004-2008] as a reminder of why we as Christians must vote and the importance of failing to think and act biblically in our political and secular life. Tolle Lege…
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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
God has bidden us to pray for our leaders and especially that we would pray for “honorable men, of good character” and to “choose” them to rule over us. He has given us a biblical mandate to pray for these things as well as the opportunity to vote for them. God’s Word says in Proverbs 16:33 “the lot is cast into the lap but its every disposing is of the Lord” so as we cast our vote in good stewardship of the blessing that God has given us, we do it from a biblical worldview, seeking God’s face, basing our choice using Scriptural principles applied to choose the best man that will represent us and have the “rule [administration] over us.” In our day especially, we are given such great opportunity and this gift to participate to God’s glory in exercising this gift for our good and that of our neighbors. All of these things are in His most wise providence and are part and parcel of our responsibilities to be good citizens in our respective lands.
The question of why some Christians do not vote is an enigma to me. I believe the Bible is clear on our Christian responsibilities and this blessing, as it was to those of old who cried to the Lord for righteous rulers over them, is one and the same. In our day, we have a special gift as women to be a part of it. I have over the years heard many reasons why Christians do not vote. For example, “we are not of this world,” “God is sovereign so we can wait on Him” “God will put in office who He wants so no need to vote” “neither candidate is a Christian or is doing what is right” “we do not entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life” (the error in this one is a total misinterpretation of this verse) and like reasons. None of them and others I have heard are biblical or correct in application but an incorrect hermeneutical, uninformed or immature understanding of God’s teachings of our responsibilities to be good citizens and godly examples. One of the ways in which we show that we “stand for righteousness” is to stand for God through our prayers and voice to speak God’s Word in practice, application and to vote for those men/women who will best serve our country and community. These, just like us, are not perfect and many times they are those who “know not the Lord” but we still use the biblical principle and vote as biblical stewards of our gift and right to vote. We know as we pray and vote, that God will bless it and us because of it. We cannot ever take a fatalistic approach to anything in this life. To do so would be fatal to our faith and witness. God has called us to “speak” His Words and “apply” His principles and voting is one way in which we can glorify Him in being obedient children in praying and voting for godly leaders.
He says,“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
This means that we are to be active participants in humbling ourselves, praying, confessing our sins, and seeking His face for His forgiveness and the healing of our land. God wants our participation in His mighty acts in our daily lives and that includes are prayers, and to be responsible citizens in our culture. We cannot be like Lot and the children of Sodom and Gomorrah with our heads in the sand and oblivious to what is going on around us. We vote, support good laws, and use the gifts given to be good stewards of our citizenship.
God’s people act and God, in His providence, blesses. Think about homeschooling for a moment. Folks homeschooled for years and then children were forced by laws to attend public schools and after much hard work, prayers, voting, and the like, God in His providence, working through His people, opened the opportunity and means for families today to homeschool their children. We all have seen the blessings of this in both public and church life. Our children are the smartest and the best of the best. God blesses our hard work and working in and through our culture to stand strong for righteousness and to bring to pass this victory and blessing for our children and families. We can apply this same principle time and time again in many aspects of the Christian life and I am sure all of us can number on more than both hands the blessings God has bestowed upon us because of the opportunity to stand strong in our culture and community.
I do believe as Christians that if we want to raise our children and grandchildren and live a “peaceable and quiet life” that is spoken of in Scripture, it is incumbent upon us to act and we act by exercising our God-given gift to vote. Just as the disciples cast lots (voted) for the man who would replace Judas (12th disciple) for the good of the New Testament church, its hearers and the gospel outreach to the world, we cast our vote for the best men and women who will lead us and our country. We live today in a time that is perilous to say the least. There are fears on every side, inward and outward. We feel we do not have a voice, but we do. We have a voice with God by prayer and supplication and we have a voice by our vote. Did you know that in the election of 2004, four million evangelicals did not even go to the polls to vote. Florida was almost lost over the difference of 537 votes. In the 2008 presidential election only 57.37% of the voting population [VAP] went to the polls and in 2012 only 58.2%. [See also Pew Research charts here].
If all of God’s people stood up and voted for God’s man in elections, we would be blessed. Our voice would be heard and God’s man would be elected to office and our lives and that of our children and grandchildren would be spared the oversight of the evildoers.
What a privilege we have been given and it is my prayer that God will work in the hearts of every one of His children to vote and their voice will be the “stones crying out” for righteousness to rule in our country. We are able and we have the most powerful source available, our God, His Son, His Spirit working in us and through us to glorify Him in our lives. “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us…” Our trust and hope is in His mercy and we act doing what He has given us to do, vote for a godly men/women to administer over us. Are our candidates perfect? No, of course not and neither are we. Does he or she do everything we want them to do for us and the Christian “Right”? No, neither do we in our Christian walk. God has raised them up, pray for them, their fight is harder than ours and they are standing up for us as our leaders. Many things we cannot change or control but God has given us men and women to serve, pray for them, serve them, bless them, vote for them and pray for God’s blessings on them so that we and our families may live a “quite and peaceable life.”
Living Coram Deo,
For the glory of God….
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