So, I thought it would be a good idea to share some biblical and practical principles about our role as individual Christians in this culture and Election; and how God can and will use it to accomplish His purposes.
Isaiah 40:15 says, “behold the nations are like a drop in the bucket, and regarded like a speck of dust on the scales” in God’s eyes. “All the nations are as nothing before Him” (Isaiah 45:15-17). The Psalmist said, “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatsoever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).
I remain convinced that the ultimate solutions to the problems for our nation and its people are not political or economic, but spiritual; that the great need for this nation is an awakening of the hearts and minds of its people to God's truth.
Fourth, every election has been between flawed Candidates. We shouldn’t be under any illusion that those we are sending to Washington and other places of authority are sinful human beings who are capable of corruption, lies and some of the most unimaginable kinds behavior; and most are of the “unrepentant kind”. Yes, we should try to choose the most honorable. But since few of us knows any of the candidates personally, or anything about them other than the “public persona” they themselves create; it can be difficult or even impossible to be certain of anything.
Let’s also acknowledge that this fallen world is in darkness, and many of the nations of the world are ruled by deceptively, evil, leaders who are tough, mean, ruthless and play by a different set of rules than we typically embrace in America. Remember, it is to that world we are sending are chosen leaders to subdue. The Lord Jesus Himself said, “the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind, than the sons of light” (Luke 16:8).
Fifth, every Believer’s vote should be prayerfully cast out of “well-informed convictions” on biblically moral issues. This is not just true of the Office of President; but all of the lower offices and positions (i.e. Congress, State houses, Judgeships, School boards, local officials), and the Proposals that will play a huge role in our everyday lives. We know, that as we properly do are part, we can confidently leave the results to God.
As Bible Believing Christians we must understand that we will be increasingly marginalized in a culture that does not share or support our values. We must come to terms with the fact that our culture will not just disagree with us, but will at times ridicule, denigrate, and even persecute us for our beliefs.
PLEASE VOTE! But know this; it is an illusion, to think we can "save" our nation by whom we elect. Political "messiahs" prove at best to be a disappointment and at worst corrupt. We are to take our stand, vote our convictions in the prayerful hope that God would use us to hold-back or delay what He says will inevitably come.
Ultimately God calls Christians to win souls, not elections. If Jesus had believed the world could be changed through a political process, then He would have done it. When the people wanted to make him king, he refused. He could have easily used his divine power to put himself in a position of government to control the direction of the culture. But He did not do that. Instead, He commissioned his followers to "go and make disciples of all people and nations."
The Titanic is infamous for many reasons, not the least of which is that had the Captain and crew acted promptly according to protocol, most of the passengers could have been saved. But the crew had come to believe the false notion that the Titanic would not sink and wasted precious time working to save the ship. If they had believed the ship was going to sink they could have immediately called for help and begun getting people safely into life boats before it was too late.
God has already told us that this world and everything in it is ultimately going pass away (1 John 2:17), “it’s going to sink”. The sooner we believers recognize that fact and begin saving people-travelers off of the ship of this world, we can make the best use of our time.
Sixth, My personal convictions should not be used to be-little or denigrate a brother or sister’s convictions. It’s a good thing to compare our views and discuss how we arrive at them. Proverbs says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” But, we can never let these things divide and destroy the oneness of Christ’s Body, the Church.
Finally, regardless of who is ultimately elected, we are commanded to pray for that person and all those in authority. “First of all then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of all men, for Kings and all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Are you prepared to pray for those God allows to take office? For what shall we pray, you ask? A, That we may “live at peace in Godliness”. In other words, that we may continue to live in obedience to God without persecution. B, “Thy Kingdom come” . . . not my kingdom. Not our will, but “Thy will be done”; that God use them to accomplish His purposes.
May God Bless you as you take your place, standing in the gap for Him.
~ Pastor Cliff