Tuesday, November 6th, is an important day for our country. It’s a day that matters. Actually everyday matters, but what I mean is—on Election Day we have the opportunity and responsibility to exalt righteousness and advance the common good for the nation we call home.
The Preamble to the Constitution puts it in much better language than I can. We should vote for officials and laws that will “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Now that sounds like something we should get involved in preserving.
I’m thankful I live in a nation that gives me the opportunity to have a voice in who will lead us and what direction we will go. And although my vote may not be the deciding factor in any race, it is a deciding factor for me. It allows me to promote righteous principles and take advantage of a liberty my forefathers died to provide. I don’t take that privilege lightly.
When I walk into that booth, here’s what I’ll be taking in with me:
1) The knowledge that God is sovereignly at work and ultimately His kingdom will triumph over all earthly kingdoms. This election will not thwart His plan.
2) The awareness that no man or political party has all the answers or even the best answers. Our greatest need is spiritual awakening and revival—a powerful movement of God where individuals are transformed by the power of the gospel. This is the only answer to a fallen world’s condition.
3) The wisdom and knowledge of Scripture that will shape my voting:
- Life is sacred to God, therefore I cannot support or vote for candidates who endorse abortion.
- God is the one who came up with the idea of marriage. It’s His invention therefore He has all rights when it comes to saying what marriage should look like. He’s given us clear teaching on the purpose of marriage and when we try to pervert that picture it is messing with His picture of the gospel. Therefore, I will not vote for a candidate who supports same-sex marriage.
- Our nation was founded by men who fought to secure a nation that would practice religious liberty. I will vote for those who support and protect these liberties.
- Wise stewardship of our resources is a clear Scriptural principle therefore I try to vote for individuals who practice wisdom economically as well as ecologically—but not if they’re in opposition to what I’ve listed above. The first three on this list take precedence.
- “Righteousness exalts a nation . . .” (Prov. 14:34), therefore I will vote for measures that promote a wholesome agenda and against those that might provide a corrupting influence in our nation, state, or city.
I hope you’re planning to take advantage of the privilege of voting on Tuesday or have already cast an absentee ballot. Please enter that booth prayerfully and I hope you’ll take with you the awareness that your vote isn’t just a political action—but a moral action with spiritual implications.
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