It’s been awhile since I’ve been before you with a post. I started this blog right before Covid-19 hit America. The world since then has slowed down, if not all the way stopped in some places. Well for me, that has not been the case. For people in ministry, that has also not been the case. Church work has doubled during Covid-19. It has provided new opportunities such as online worship, allowing the church to reach unbelievers in a new way. It has indeed been different. So, I apologize for not being present in the past few months.
With all that being said, I am excited to bring this post to you. As you read this, you know we find ourselves in another political season. At this point we have already had our presidential debates for the season, and early voting has begun. Some of you have already cast your ballot for the next president of the United states and some of you have not. To those who have, congratulations! You have done your civic responsibility. I hope you have voted in a way that promotes biblical values. To those who haven’t, I hope you do, and I hope you too will vote to promote biblical values. So, this is for you.
Often times in politics we Christians have a hard time voting in elections. Take 2016 for example, we had either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It was a pick for the lesser evil. Well, four years later in 2020 we find ourselves in the same situation again with now President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. Many of us are contemplating the lesser of the two evils. Both display no mark of Christianity, and both with character flaws.
But if I could, I would argue that we have a responsibly to vote values and not person.
Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary say, “I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life. In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration. I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.”
I agree with Dr. Mohler’s statement, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016, I voted for what his party platform held.
When voting, we need to look at what the candidates stand for, and not solely the candidates themselves.Tweet
Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Director of the Center for Public Theology at MBTS says it like this, “To my Christians friends, if you vote to end abortion, protect religious liberty, limit government, keep the family strong, and preserve civilization, you are doing a good and noble thing. Sadly, fallenness abounds, but there should be no guilt here. I think many Christians are hearing messages that problematize an approach like the one outlined here. It is surely true that there is much complexity around us today, and we want to bear the fruits of the Spirit even in disagreement. Nonetheless, a Christian voting for virtue in imperfect days is doing well and should feel God’s pleasure in doing so. Our sovereign Lord does not hold us responsible for supporting perfect platforms, only THE-worldly one.”
Strachan continues to say, “Nobody said being salt and light was going to be easy. This is what it is like: you do the best you can to glorify your Lord in complex and evil days. But you should not do so with gloom, but with a clear conscience and joy in the task. What a privilege it is to stand for the good, true, and beautiful; what a noble thing it is to participate in the public square in distinctly Christian terms. We have no perfect candidates or parties, and we never will. Yet we press on regardless, and vote as best we can to promote life, joy, and a stable public order.”
I could not have said it any better myself!
So, with the words I have left with you, I pray you would see the issues in light of God and vote biblically. A lot is at stack in this election. Every election in my opinion.
To better help you, I have attached a Voter Prayer Guide below. This guide gives us three things: it lays out the stances of the two major political parties, it gives Scripture to go along with each issue, and lastly, it gives a foundation on how to pray biblically for these issues.
Well, I hope this has blessed and encouraged you. I hope this has convicted you to think more carefully when voting and to vote the things of God.
At the end of the day, we can find peace in knowing that whoever is elected, God appointed them, and God is in control.Tweet
As always, may we be living on mission for God. God bless!