All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today is a big midterm election. Maybe you’re on the fence wondering if you should vote or not. Maybe you’re wondering who you should vote for. Maybe you’re wondering what, if anything, the Bible says about this political situation of life.
In most recent times there have been those in both government and the Church who have proposed that there should be a separation between Church and State. They promote this idea as though it were based on law. They present this idea in a way that insinuates the State needs to be protected from the Church. But the truth of the matter is that the phrase, “separation of church and state,” comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson that was aimed at protecting the Church from the State, not the other way around. So, not only is this a relatively recent misconception, it is one twisted to reverse its original intent.
In the early 1700s and even after our nation was birthed on into the 1800s, local newspapers would print sermons from local pulpits regarding issues people were facing. If there was some kind of natural disaster, a social issue, or international issue, input was sought from the local pulpits and printed in the newspapers. There was a time when what was preached in the pulpit was not only relevant to what was going on in the world, but it was appreciated and respected. There was a time when God was generally revered and therefore those who were called by Him to minister to the masses were seen as reliable resources for guidance and truth to govern daily life. That’s not really the case in our day. What can we do to recoup what’s been lost? I think we need to break through that imaginary wall separating Church and State and get involved.
Thankfully the Johnson Amendment of the 1960s that stifled such pulpit input has been retracted and there’s more freedom for pastors to provide input to their congregations and communities. But such input is not always based on God’s revelation. Sometimes, too often in fact, pastor’s base their input on political maneuvering. Too often pastors preach from party affiliation. Political pundits make a poor substitute for the truth of God’s word. Too often pastors and their followers promote ideas that are based more on their financial resources and not wanting to offend them than standing for truth based on God’s word. Too often in the Church today, what is said is said to not offend. People in the pew are given a dollar worth and therefore, if ministry is to be run and expand, the pastor and his leadership speaks in a way that is “seeker friendly,” and attractive to people so as to fill the pews. Pastors and churches today are too frequently concerned with fitting in to societal trends than fitting into the parameters of God’s truth.
The Church today is too much like the lukewarm Laodiceans who made Jesus sick to His stomach (cf. Revelation 3:14-19). Jesus is standing on the outside of many churches today. He’s at the door, knocking, waiting for someone to invite Him in (cf. Revelation 3:20-22). Unfortunately, a lot of churches are leaving Jesus out in the cold. They are unwilling to “deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow” Jesus (Luke 9:23-26). The Apostle Paul spoke of the “offense of the cross” (Galatians 5:11). There’s no getting around it, the cross of Christ is by nature offensive! Until the Church realizes that, it will continue to falter, it will continue to be more fake than faithful.
We need to get back to the word of God. God inspired the Apostle Paul to state the absolute truth that the Bible was God’s provision “for every good work.” It states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The 66 books of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, are breathed out or inspired by God. There are about 40 human authors who lived on three continents, who wrote over 1500 years in the process of compiling God’s word. And yet there is a unity, a continuity. That is miraculous! It’s as though the entire Bible was written by one Person. It was, that Person is God.
The Bible is profitable for us; its worth considering. It is the basis of doctrine or what we believe. It is a guide to help us determine what is true and what is false. It corrects the person who gets out of line with God and His word. The Bible helps us live on the straight and narrow way of righteousness (compare Matthew 7:13-14). When we make the Bible our own by seeking to live it out in the power of the Holy Spirit, it leads us to a life that is complete and in the will of God. When we turn to the Bible, it equips us “for every good work.”
“Every good work” means every good work wherever an opportunity for good works exists. That would include every area of life. And every area of life would include the area of politics. There is an opportunity to do good works in and through politics. No nook and cranny of life is exempt from the opportunity for us to do good works there. That would include politics. Admittedly, politics is often associated with very bad or at least, very corrupt works. But that’s where we come in. We can take God’s word and learn how to do good works even in the area of politics!
In God’s word Jesus gave all of His followers a Great Commission. Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Discipleship is our aim. A disciple is a learner. We are all called to discipleship. We are all called to learn from Jesus and implement His teaching in our lives; in all of life. And we are commissioned by Jesus to spread this commission throughout the world. True salvation is not mere fire insurance from the Lake of Fire. True salvation is the beginning of a life of learning and growing in our walk with Jesus. True salvation involves “knowing” Jesus (John 17:3). To know Jesus means we walk as His disciple. Therefore, discipleship is something that should guide us in whatever we do in life and whatever we instruct others to do in life.
But the fundamental, bottom line, objective in everything we do in life can be boiled down to a simple statement. That statement is “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). It’s not about us, its about God. We shouldn’t be building our kingdoms. We should be building His Kingdom. Everything we think and do should be prefaced with the question, “How does this bring glory to God?” Or, “How will this bring glory to God?” The best way to fulfill that prime objective is to live by God’s word.
What does God’s word say about the area of politics? Politics is a part of life. It’s a big part of life. That’s especially true in recent years. The Bible should have some relevant truth on this topic. And it does. I’ve put together some points or statements from the Bible that are relevant to this area of life. I hope and pray God uses them to help you decide to vote, and to vote scripturally (as far as that is possible).
I’ve narrowed the scripturally relevant statements down to ten. I’m sure we could find much more. But this is what God has put on my heart. For whatever its worth, I hope you find it helpful.
- Jesus gave His followers a call to infiltrate and influence people in life.
Matthew 5:13–16 (NKJV) – 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
As followers of Jesus we are to infiltrate and influence the world for His glory. As followers of Jesus we should not isolate or insolate ourselves from the world. Based on these words of Jesus monasticism and withdrawal from the world seems to be contrary to the will of God in Christ. We are to be “salt.” Salt purifies. We should have a purifying effect on those around us. We should influence the world toward holiness and away from sin. Salt is a taste enhancer. Therefore, we should add tastefulness to the tasteless practices of people in this world. If we aren’t salty Christians (in the best sense of the word) then we become useless. When we isolate ourselves from the world, there’s no opportunity for us to be salt. That’s perilously close to what Jesus assessed as “good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” We don’t want that. We need to be salt.
Jesus said we are to be “light.” Light isn’t made to be hidden. Light dispels darkness. Light exposes darkness. Light is meant to draw people or to show them the path. We should be a light in the world to the lost. Like the moon, we should reflect the light of the sun, only with us the sun is the Son Jesus.
How can we be salt and light in this dark world, politically speaking? We can vote. By casting our vote, we can make a holy influence on society. By casting our vote, we can shed light on society and government by being an influence on who is put in leadership or what referendums are passed. The Church and Christians in general could have a far greater influence for the glory of God if we would only vote.
When we look at our nation and see its decline in so many immoral ways, we should not pompously stand aloof complaining about how bad things are when we haven’t cared enough to vote. If we haven’t cast our vote, then we are complicit and culpable regarding the unscriptural sinful things our nation has adopted. James was inspired to write, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
Thank God He has put us in a system of government where we have a say via voting. There are Christians who live under governmental systems where they have no say. We should pray for our brothers and sisters, and not neglect the system of democratic voting with which God has blessed us.
Just look at how God stemmed the tide of globalism and fiscal irresponsibility and the promotion of immorality in the 2016 Presidential election. Good things happen when God’s people vote. God may be using our political system to work a revival. I don’t in any way mean to imply that political achievements are “revival.” What I mean is that elections can be indicators of the Spirit moving in a populace. Elections can be instruments through which the Spirit can work. Elections can be the signs of the beginnings of the more important heart changing Holy Spirit Gospel of Jesus Christ revival a nation (this nation!) truly needs. When we prayerfully vote we can be influential in steering the nation is the right direction, i.e. toward the greater and more substantial need, revival. Christian, you need to vote.
Salt and light are metaphors for “good works.” We were created to do good works. God has planned such good works from the beginning of time (cf. Ephesians 2:10). Our “works” should be done in a way that brings glory to God; our prime objective. Politics is a part of the governing of people. Politics is a means to influence people. Therefore, we should pay attention and be aware of politics and politicians because they effect and influence people. Politics is a way to influence people and that is part of our calling. Therefore, we should seek in some way to use politics as a part of life to influence people with God’s salt and toward God’s light. Voting and even running for office (if the Lord calls you to do so) are a means to be truth agents, salt spreaders and light reflectors.
2. As Jesus followers we are to be like Him:
Romans 8:29 (NKJV) – 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 Peter 2:21 (NKJV) – 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
1 John 2:6 (NKJV) – 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
God’s stated purpose for people is that they are conformed to the likeness of Jesus. We are called to “follow His steps,” and “walk just as He walked.” While Jesus never ran for office, He did say to render unto Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is God’s (Matthew 20:25). We owe God certain things. And we owe “Caesar” or government certain things as well.
God has in His sovereign determination birthed us or brought us to this particular nation. We are not here by accident. For us who live in a Federal Republic and Democratic form of government, we should not only pay taxes, but we should be involved in government and vote in order to be good citizens and “render” unto the government what is due them.
Would Jesus cast a vote if He were incarnated in the United States today? I believe He would. I believe He does. What do I mean? I believe Jesus can cast a vote through His followers today. When we pray and seek His face and seek Him for direction in how to vote and who to vote for, He in effect casts a vote through us. Jesus cares about this world. He died for it. He cares about our nation. He and we know it isn’t perfect, but until He returns, we are to vote and be involved in a way that would be Christlike as far as the Holy Spirit witnesses (cf. John 15:26). Follow the leading of the Spirit and vote.
Some might say, “Politics is corrupt. It’s no use getting involved.” Well, politics is corrupt. You’ll get no argument from me there. But what would Jesus do. This world is corrupt. Jesus didn’t throw up His hands and say, “This world is corrupt!” and then walk away from us or throw us in the trash. No, Jesus showed us the ultimate act of getting involved, the incarnation. Jesus got involved. Jesus came and acted redemptively in this corrupt world. If we’re going to follow in Jesus steps, then we should get involved and act redemptively. Maybe that means getting involved in politics. Think of how salty and light bearing Christians could influence this country for the better. And understand that, the vacuum left by our absence will be filled by fallen earth dwellers who do not know God. It’s something you should pray about. At the very least you should vote.
3. To be like Him is to be a truth bearer:
John 18:37 (NKJV) – 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Jesus came to bear witness to the truth. Earlier in John’s gospel Jesus said truth is found in God’s word (John 17:17). He said we are to be sanctified by truth. In other words, we are to be set apart to God based on the truth of His word. We are to stand in, stand for and stand up for His truth; His Biblical truth. One way we can voice God’s truth is through voting. Through our vote we can show approval for truth and disapproval for falsehood.
For us to vote and be involved in politics doesn’t mean we join a party and tow the party line. If we are to be like Jesus, we too should be truth bearers. Whatever station we are in life is God’s ordained platform for us from which we are to share God’s truth. Not everyone can be a pastor. We need to see our stations in life as God’s commissioned mission for us to bear His truth. Our jobs and life situations are the platforms from which we are to proclaim and promote the truth of God.
This would include politics. We may accept a party affiliation, but that doesn’t mean we blindly tow their line. In reality we are dual citizens; citizens of heaven; and citizens of an earthly country. But our heavenly citizenship should always take priority. If there is ever a conflict or contradiction between these two countries, we must answer to God before Caesar or the President. That is true even if it means we are unpopular, or persecuted. We need to count the cost and follow Jesus. Hopefully our influence will have led to leadership that is in alignment with God and not opposed to God.
4. We are to not to participate with darkness but expose it wherever we find it:
Ephesians 5:11 (NKJV) – 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
As truth bearers we are to resist fellowship with “unfruitful works of darkness,” and instead expose darkness. We are in effect to serve as a restraining force of God in this world. We are to be used by God to retrain evil.
In Second Thessalonians Paul is inspired to write, “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7). The Holy Spirit working in and through the Church is God’s restraining force against evil. That is part of our calling as His Church. We can use politics as a means to fulfill part of that calling. But a time is coming when God’s true Church composed of all born again Spirit filled believers will be translated or raptured out of this world to Jesus. At that point, all hell will break loose on this earth. Until then, we should be using every means in the Spirit, including politics, to restrain evil in this world.
5. We are to trust the Lord to right injustices and overcome evil with good:
Romans 12:17–21 (NKJV) 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
It would be very easy for us to misconstrue our calling from God to be a restraining force to evil in a way that leaves the Great Commission for a Social Gospel. But we are to above all turn to God for justice. Our part is to do good and “overcome evil with good.” We are to be peace promoters. That may mean serving in the military, for evil is so dark that sometimes force is necessary to protect the weak and vulnerable. It may mean serving in the police force to protect and to serve and to uphold the peace. Through law peace and justice is secured.
The enforcement of law can sometimes be done in unjust or inequitable ways. People and people groups can be discriminated against unlawfully. That’s why we have courts. Judges oversee courts. It’s important to nominate and elect righteous judges who will referee and see that law is applied in a just way. This too involves our voting either directly or indirectly.
But overcoming evil with good may also mean overcoming the evil of a neighbor, employer, employee, even a family member or friend with some good. Wherever evil is found our role is to overcome it with God’s good as the Spirit leads. Peace and its promotion are an important consideration when it comes to our dealings with politics and social systems.
6. Be Truthfully Politically Correct:
1 Peter 2:11–17 (NKJV) 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Political correctness is a phrase that has been used to silence opposition. It is a phrase used to the neglect and avoidance of truth. The world’s brand of political correctness is more a political tool to promote propaganda and manipulate a constituancy than it is truly establish any correct thing relating to politics. Peter’s inspired words above lay out for us the true political correctness. Political correctness for the Christian involves honorable conduct, law abiding, doing good, honesty, honor, love and respect.
We are “sojourners and pilgrims,” we’re just passing through. But as stated already, we have a dual citizenship in that we are citizens of heaven and citizens of an earthly nation. We are to live honorably among unbelievers. We are to live in such a way that those who bring false accusations against us will be embarrassed. We will be falsely accused. In our day someone has said, “truth is the new hate speech.” People are not open to God’s truth that convicts them of sin and challenges them about their immoral lifestyles. Paul warned that those who live godly lives should expect persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). But despite this, we should live in a way that when people look at us, God is glorified.
And one of the ways we bring glory to God is to “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.” This includes the area of government and politics. In politics there are elections and candidates running for office. We are not to get in the mud and mob mentality of the world. God’s plan is “that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” And there is A LOT of foolishness and fake news and propaganda filling the airwaves in our day. We silence the foolish or godless accusers by promoting that which is good according to God’s word. We respond to falsehood with God’s truth. We do not compromise the truth of God. We “honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” We are respectful to others no matter their views. If we oppose them, we should do so respectfully. We love our fellow Christians. We demonstrate a reverence for God in this godless world. And we honor those in governmental leadership, no matter if we voted for them or not. This holy civility silences the crazy critics and keep us sanctified and separated from their ilk.
7. We are to “be ready to give a defense. . . for the hope that is in you.”
1 Peter 3:13–17 (NKJV) – 13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Peter’s inspired words tell us that worldly government and politics is not always fair. Government run by fallen people is corrupt and imperfect. A righteous Kingdom will not come to this earth until Jesus returns at His Second Coming and establishes His Kingdom on earth (e.g. Revelation 20). But until then we are to be ready and useable to the LORD.
To be sanctified means to be set apart for God’s use. It means to be useable to God. It means to be ready to be used by God on a moment’s notice. We are to be particularly ready to “give a defense,” or to give an apologetic response about why our hope is in Christ and His gospel and not merely on the things or organizations of this world. We are to do this with “meekness,” which is strength under control and “fear,” which is reverence for God and His calling on us.
We are to make sure to have “a good conscience.” We can’t afford to allow ourselves to lose our heavenly and scriptural perspective. When we live and do what God in His word of truth direct us to do, then our conscience will be clear. And when we are defamed as evildoers and reviled for our allegiance to Christ, they will be ashamed by their false accusations made against such holy, honest and honorable people. We can expect to be falsely accused or painted in a way that is derogatory and nasty. But if it is God’s will to use us in that way, it’s better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. Don’t get caught up in the political maneuverings and back room dealings of politics. Keep your heart and mind and hands clean.
8. We are to know and understand the place of politics in life
Romans 13:1–7 (NKJV) – 13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
To be “subject to the government authorities,” implies an awareness of politics in the system of government in which God has put us. We are to be good citizens. We should have some awareness of how things work politically. We should be informed enough to cast a righteous vote according to God’s word. We should know about our government.
Government is ordained by God to protect and promote peace, not provide for our every need. Our role in our country is to VOTE prayerfully and Biblically. There is a great debate today concerning capitalism versus socialism. Some would point to the early church and its provision for the needy within its ranks as a parallel supporting a socialist type agenda (cf. Acts 2:41-47). The only problem with this “parallel” is that what the early Church did was done willingly, what socialism does is enforced regardless of the will of the people. The Bible does not teach socialism. The Bible is more supportive of a freedom promoting system of government. The Bible is more in line with a free enterprise system of government.
Based on the Romans 13:1-7 definition of government and its place in life, its’ God ordained purpose is to promote and maintain peace and security for people. The idea of government as a provider for our needs is something concocted by government engineers and philosophers more than something based on scripture. And such developments arose in part, due to the failure of the Church to provide for the needs of people. If anything, Acts 2:41-47 shows us a plan for the Church being the one to provide for the needs of people.
9. We should be helping those in need (not the government):
Proverbs 14:31 (NKJV) – 31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
Galatians 6:1–5 (NKJV) – 6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
2 Corinthians 8:13 (NKJV) – For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened.
2 Thessalonians 3:6–15 (NKJV) – 6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
It’s offensive to God to neglect or disparage the poor. We are not to be enablers of the poor. But we are not to be heartlessly critical of them either. When we genuinely care for the poor it honors God.
We should differentiate between “burdens” and “loads” of people. A burden is a weight too heavy for one person to bear. A burden is something a person genuinely needs help with. A load is a weight an individual should bear. A load is an individual’s responsibility. Paul did not promote the idea of people being burdened by those who live at ease. He very clearly in the above verse promotes the principle of labor and work for individuals. The old adage is true that states, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” There are some legitimately unable to provide for themselves and for those we should care. But it’s unbiblical to support a system of government which enslaves and creates a dependency upon it for living. Government is not “God.” God is “God.” The more Biblically sound way is to help people learn a job or means of livelihood. This is a form of discipleship.
10. We should be praying for all in authority:
1 Timothy 2:1–7 (NKJV) – 2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
One of the primary responsibilities of the disciple is to pray for those in leadership. We are to pray not only for church leaders, but for people in all leadership and authority positions in life. We are to pray for their salvation as God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Pray moves the hand of God that moves the hand of leadership. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).
That’s a little of what the Bible relating to politics. It’s not too late to vote! Vote! Pray and vote. Get up, stand up and be salt and light. Seek to follow the steps of Jesus. Infiltrate and influence others for the glory of God. Time is short. I’ll conclude with the following:
Romans 13:11–14 (NKJV) – 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Folks, fellow dual citizens, disciples of Jesus Christ, time is short. Let’s pull out all the stops and seek to follow in the redemptive steps of our Savior and Lord Jesus. Let’s pray for the lost. Let’s pray for our nation. Let’s do everything we can to stem the tide of darkness. Let’s be agents of truth; Biblical truth. Let’s show the world how great and glorious God is. Let’s overcome evil with good. That starts with doing such things as voting. But that’s only the beginning. Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Jesus is coming back soon. He’s coming for His restrainers. Pray and follow the leading of the Spirit my brothers and sisters. Pray and then vote!