First of all, I’m thankful to live in a nation where I have a voice – a vote – in choosing those to lead this state and nation. It is, indeed, a privilege that not many have. I recognize, too, that many have served and given their lives – their final full measure of devotion – to protect, among other things, the freedom to vote.
Secondly, as a Christian, I take seriously my responsibility to be involved in the political process. The Apostle Paul is clear when he tells us
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7 ESV
The institution of government is ordained by God for our good. Although I am part of the kingdom of God, I am also part of this earthly kingdom, and, out of obedience, respect and honor, I must be involved in this process.
There are several things that I’ll be thinking about as I cast my vote:
1. As an evangelical Christian, I am seeking to “influence civil government according to God’s moral standards and God’s purposes for government as revealed in the Bible” (Politics According to the Bible, Wayne Grudem). Out of obedience to God’s Word, I must vote and seek to promote the moral principles expressed in the Bible.
2. As I analyze each candidate, I’ll consider which one whose values most closely reflect those found in the Bible. Issues like abortion and same-sex marriage are obvious ones; and, when it comes to the economy, the environment, the national debt, and the welfare of citizens in this nation, I can look to God’s Word for guidance and principle and choose the candidate who best supports those principles.
3. I’ll consider the First Amendment, too. In my opinion, the freedom of religious expression in this nation is being limited more and more. I want a president who will protect religious expression in this nation.
4. Human rights and freedoms around this world are very important, too. As I cast my vote, I’ll consider which candidate I feel is intent on protecting and encouraging those rights and freedoms as well as taking a stand against any person or group who seeks to threaten those rights and freedoms.
5. Another consideration is the possibility of Supreme Court nominations in the next four years. As I vote, I must consider which candidate will nominate judges who, like him, reflect biblical morality.
Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s election, I will, in obedience to God’s Word, pray for, respect, and honor the one chosen to lead this country for the next four years. God, in his sovereignty, has put them there for this time and place in history.