During this Presidential Election Season, there will be numerous of impolite political ads trying to sway your vote. Who can we trust? As Christians, we must be concerned about the affairs of our country. The beauty of being an American Christian is that we have dual citizenships and the freedom to vote (Phil. 3:20). There are a few things that we must consider as we go to the polls this fall. God sets up governments (Rom. 13:1-2). In antiquity, God chose Israel as His prized possession to make a covenant with them based on obedience (Duet. 6:13-18). God planted them in the land when Israel was faithful (Am. 9: 15); however, when they were unfaithful to God they were uprooted (2 Chron. 7:16-20). God is in control and He has a purpose for leaders (Rom. 13:3-5). So, how should Christian vote? We should vote for the candidate that will aid the country in turning back to God (Pro. 14:34). America may not be a Christian nation, nevertheless there are Christians in America. We cannot stand idle and allow sin to take over. We are called to “cry aloud and spare not”; being salt and light requires that we expose error (Eph. 5:1-14). We are in an age when evil is called good and vice versa. We do not need a president that will endorse evil and sin.
We should vote for the candidate who has moral integrity (Pro.16:12). It is a running theme that politicians cannot be trust and that is neither here nor there. There should be pressure on any candidate that wants to serve to be open and honest (Pro.12:22). Many candidates do not make it because when their record is revealed people choose not to vote for them. God praises those who have a good name (Pro.22:1). We need a candidate who endeavors to walk upright (Pro. 28:18, 29:2)
We should vote for the candidate that will preserve our rights to serve God. King Hezekiah served in Judah and “did what was right in the sight of the Lord.” Take note of how the Scriptures spoke of Hezekiah, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went (2 Kings 18:5-7).” We worship in freedom now, how long will we have that opportunity?
What can the Christian do? We must pray for our leaders (1 Tim. 2: 1-3) and pray for our nation (2 Chron. 7:14). We have the right to vote, I pray that we are prayerful in going to the polls and strive to vote for the best candidate.