The day is almost here. Tuesday, November 8th is the day we are called upon to go out and vote for our leaders. The best (but not perfect) Bible verse concerning the importance of voting and the importance of who to vote for may be Deuteronomy 16:18:
You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
I say that it’s not perfect since there are some interpretive difficulties in taking a verse giving instructions for Israel when they are entering the promised land and applying it to our representative democracy today! However, there are some other Bible verses that give us clear instruction regarding how we are to live as Christians regardless of the government we have.
- We pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
- We obey our leaders (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17).
- But we always recognize that our greatest allegiance is to God, and He comes first (Acts 5:27-29).
In the midst of it all we believe that God is ultimately in control (Daniel 2:20-21), and that He can do as He wishes (Proverbs 2:11). The issue becomes the difference between what God decrees and what God allows. God says that certain things will happen and they do! But other times He works in the midst of our decisions and our choices, because He can still accomplish His will. Our responsibility then may go back to Deuteronomy 16:18, remembering that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).” Please make your decision on November 8th based on prayer, the Word, and a continual reliance upon God’s Spirit.