Here are five reminders for the Christian during this election.
Show Honor to All
When people favor one candidate over another, they will usually put down or insult the other candidates; but this shouldn’t even be named among believers in Christ. Christians should give “respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:7), and this includes the president. We are told by Jesus to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
Pray for Our Leaders
I am so sick of seeing politicians attack one another and not the issues. Rather, we should discuss policies than persons. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). But wait! Didn’t Paul know who the leader was? Nero was an evil man who used Christians as flaming torches during his dinner parties. So why pray for this type of leader? Because God says so in His Word, and that should be reason enough for us.
Trust in God’s Sovereignty
God is sovereign over everything that happens; and we must trust Him in all circumstances, even if we’re left with evil rulers in positions of power. God is not taken by surprise. In ancient Israel, God would often use evil kings as a form of punishment because He gave them the leadership they deserved. He may be doing that with this nation and other nations too, and that’s okay because “he changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). So I trust God. He knows what He’s doing, and it doesn’t matter if we don’t.
God Is Not a Democrat or Republican
The Republican Party or the Democratic Party is not God’s party because God does not associate Himself with a cause or with any human form of government. Nor does He endorse one candidate over another. We must vote with our conscience. I choose to vote for candidates who are pro-life, so I don’t necessarily vote along party lines. I vote along moral lines and for the candidate who will stand up for the right to be born. Therefore, I believe we should vote with our conscience. For me, the right to life is a much larger issue than the economy.
Keep It Clean
We should never be nasty, argumentative, or divisive over whom we are voting for. Just because we feel it’s right to vote for a particular candidate doesn’t give us cause to debate or argue with those who don’t agree with us. We have enough contention between the politicians already. We don’t need to join ourselves in mudslinging.
In this election, remember to honor all candidates; to pray for the men and women who are presently in power; to trust in God’s sovereignty and vote what your conscience tells you, which should be guided by Scripture; and to not get into debates over whom you think others should vote for.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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