by Randy Chambers, 2016-06-01
Philippians 3:20, NIV: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
As election time approaches, many of us will consider it our civic duty to vote for our next president. We will listen to the candidates as they speak on the issues; we will consider our options; and, we will determine how we should vote. However, as we weigh out all things carefully and do our best to do our due diligence, what are our guiding principles? And is there any personal or party bias that might heavily influence our choice?
While we are indeed, citizens of this nation in which we live; the Bible clearly teaches us that, as followers of Christ, we are first and foremost citizens of the Kingdom of God; and above all, our first allegiance is to Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, how we vote—like everything else we do—is something that should be done in submission to our Lord Jesus. The principles of Christ should be the bedrock upon which are decision process is built; and prayer is key to our gaining insight into God’s will.
As Christians, when we go into the voting booth, we do not go alone…we go with God. And we do not represent ourselves, but we are representatives of Christ’s Kingdom. Therefore, we must vote accordingly. We must vote not according to our own interests; but, according to what is best, and right, and good as God Himself sees it. And so, we must pray for God’s guidance in the process.
Nowhere in Scripture are we told that we are given permission by our Lord to separate God from our civic duty. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Through Scripture, we are instructed to do all things for God’s glory; to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness; and to emulate Jesus in all we do. As a follower of Jesus, I cannot set aside the ‘hat’ I wear as a Christian; in order to don the ‘hat’ as an American. We cannot set aside Jesus while voting for a president. We must instead be ever mindful of the will and direction of God in all things and make our choices accordingly. For, in truth, this is our greatest civic duty.