Don’t you wish God made it more clear how you should vote? Here are some biblical principles to consider before, during, and after you cast your ballot for Governor, President, or any politician.
Prayerfully. Pray more, politick less. Our nation and state are divided greatly with polarizing views between political parties. What is a Christian to do? Pray first. Pray continually. Pray consistently. Pray equally for those leaders you agree with and also for those with whom you disagree.
1 Timothy 2:1–2 "First of all, then, 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.” (ESV)
Biblically. The Bible has a lot to say about Biblical issues. God cares about the poor, immigrants, marriage, dignity of life at all stages (including unborn babies, terminally ill, and elderly), racial equity, religious liberty, sexual ethics, war, economics, international relations, women’s rights, children’s rights, education, housing, and criminal justice.
Which politicians, if any, model a genuine trust in Jesus? Which party’s policies and platforms are most in line with God’s plan for humanity? These questions are important in clarifying how to vote in complicated and contentious times. Know what God says before you vote.
1 Samuel 12:14–15 “If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well. But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.”
Privately. Why advertise your vote? Is pride tied to your partisan politics? Do you honestly think that your social media posts make people change their votes? Would you change your vote or position because of someone else’s yard sign, t-shirt, bumpersticker, hat, or social media post?
Many Christians have done great damage to their Christian witness through political bias, pride, snarkiness, mockery, and endorsement of ungodly characters. Go private with your political persuasions during this polarized season.
Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
Wisely. Are you willing to reconsider your vote? Would you reevaluate your opinions? Have you listened closely and considered the positions of all sides? Do you understand the perspectives of those with a different political persuasion? Do your homework before you cast your ballot and don’t just trust the sound bites and media moments.
Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Selflessly. Do you vote only for what is in your best interest and agenda? Or are you voting in the best interest of the common good? Vote in a way that benefits and prioritizes others more than yourself.
Philippians 2:3–4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Humbly & Respectfully. Your vote is important, but what changes a nation ultimately is the Gospel. Are you more passionate and public about your politics or about your Jesus? Do you put more hope in the next election cycle than you do in Jesus’ return?
Godly Christians often feel led to vote in different ways. Some may vote Republican. Others feel led to vote Democrat. Still others choose to vote for a third party candidate that might never win. Others Christians may feel called not to vote at all. You may be right in the choice you make, but then again, you could be wrong. Be humble.
People will view issues differently than you. Be kind. Friends, family, coworkers and neighbors will vote differently than you. That’s their prerogative, stay calm. Don’t let discussions devolve into arguments. Know where you stand but be respectful towards others.
Romans 14:1 “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”
May these truths and principles guide us into, through, and beyond this election season.
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