How am I going to vote?
With each passing election in this century, the process has become more and more divisive. The carnage of political advertising, the clamor of debates and the slant of the news media leaves all of us exhausted at best. I struggle with discerning how I believe God wants me to vote? Certainly I must ask (seek & knock) God for wisdom (Matthew 7:7-8; James 1:5-8).
Yes, it is a spiritual matter, not simply a political issue.
The vitriol and confusion of this process reveals a full-on spiritual battle. As the Bible says, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:10-20). Too many of us want someone else to tell us who to vote for, or we simply mindlessly vote along party lines, or perhaps decide not to vote rather than wrestling with the complexity of the issue.
I cannot tell you how to vote.
However, I can encourage you to look at the Bible and consider how God is calling you to cast your ballot.
My guidelines for voting:
1. My hope never has been and never will be in any politician. My hope is in Jesus Christ alone.
- Read these verses: Acts 4:12; Colossians 1:27; Romans 15:13.
- I will turn each political conversation to the hope I have in Jesus.
- The most important election is held every day in my life (Colossians 1:18; Mark 12:28-31).
2. God’s sovereignty is not a matter of voting, or a matter of election results (Romans 13:1). He remains on the throne no matter who is elected!
- Note: Daniel served God during the reign of four tremendously secular ‘presidents’ (Daniel 1-6) and with each one, the ones who were the most powerful men in the world at that time, the sovereignty of God was put on display. As we move toward the end times, God’s sovereignty will continue to be displayed in even the worst of times (see the Book of Revelation).
3. I recognize that brothers and sisters in Christ often disagree regarding political candidates. The evil one wants to use this to divide us. Jesus demonstrated that political issues must not be allowed to divide us.
- Please examine who Jesus selected to be His disciples (Mark 3:13-19; Matthew 9:9). He said, “Follow Me!” to ultra conservative, Simon the Zealot, and to the extreme left, Matthew the tax collector.
- His selections no doubt caused ongoing discussions and even heated debates (Luke 9:46; 22:24).
- We must not split over political differences, rather we prefer to engage the debate and love each other.
4. I admit my frustration with the presidential candidates nominated by the two major political parties every four years. However, I will not waste my vote:
- By refusing to vote at all.
- By casting my vote for one who has no chance of winning.
5. If I cannot vote for either candidate (whom I view as unqualified), I must base my vote on other factors such as:
- What type of individuals will each candidate choose as advisors, appoint as cabinet members, select as judges and hire for key governmental positions?
- Which team do I believe best recognizes the image of God in each and every human life?
- Which team do I believe will best pursue biblical justice and righteousness (Amos 5:24).
- Which team do I believe will best defend religious liberty and the constitution of the United States
God grant us wisdom!