Why Christian Women Should Always VotE
It is 2018 and the Mid-Term elections are upon us and thus a repeat of my earlier posts about the subject of “Why Christian Women Should Vote.” Since this is a site dedicated to Reformed Women for their education and edification, I have addressed this post to them. However, the same importance of voting is applied for men as well. Vote biblically as it is your God-given privilege. Thus, Tolle Lege…
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 or uninformed/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 against sin as the Bible commands through our prayers and voice to speak God’s Word in practice, application and to vote for those men and women who will best serve our country and community. These men and women, just like us, are not perfect and many times they may “not 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 a godly leader. 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 the 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. 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’s blessings on 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 man who will lead us for the next four years. We live today in a time that is perilous to say the least. There are fears on every side, inward and outward. God has blessed us with a President here in the US that is a Christian believer and that is a gift beyond anything we deserve but God has been merciful in giving us this man as our leader. In recent elections millions of evangelicals did not even go to the polls to vote. Our voice should be heard by our vote so that we will be heard and God’s men and women will be elected to office and our lives and that of our children and grandchildren will 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 godly men and women to rule over us. Are our candidates perfect? No, of course not, neither are we. Do they do everything we want them or expect them to do for us and the Christian “right”? No, neither do we in our Christian walk. God has raised His servants up to serve us so pray for them, their fight is harder than ours and they are standing up for us as our leaders. Many things they cannot change or control but they are God’s servants of the hour and just as the kings of old, we submit and bless God for giving them to us. Pray as you vote for God’s righteous wisdom to do so according to His Word and for His Glory.
For the glory of God….
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