Many people will tell you that on Tuesday, November 2, Americans will participate in the most important election of our time. This will be true, of course, until the next election comes along. How should Christians approach voting?
First, we must not forget that as Christians we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom first and foremost. As Christians, who in God’s providence reside in the United States, we should have a desire for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is being done in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
As we consider Tuesday’s elections, we must remember that this world is passing away (1 John 2:17). Our mission is not to establish Christianity as the state religion through elections; nor is it to impose Christian doctrine through legislation. Our mission is to proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ so that people may be transformed by the power of God’s gospel to become true worshipers of Jesus Christ and citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem.
As citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, we need to keep in mind that we are strangers and exiles in this world who are looking for a heavenly country (Hebrews 11:13-16); nevertheless, we do reside here in the United States for now as ambassadors of Christ, representing King and country. So, like every other earthly citizen in our nation, we have a responsibility to be faithful citizens.
Every citizen of the United States who steps into the voting booth on Tuesday will be guided by his or her personal convictions. As Christians, our convictions are founded upon God’s Word. What does this mean for election day 2010? It means that Christians in the United States have a responsibility to exercise the privileges of our earthly citizenship in a God-glorifying manner: that includes voting. I want to encourage every citizen to vote according to their convictions on Tuesday, November 2, but I especially want to encourage Christians to exercise their voting privileges to the glory of God. How should Christians prepare themselves for election day 2010?
Confess your sins to God. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you bad-mouthed a candidate or public official. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23), but God is just and will forgive us our sins if we confess them (1 John 1:9).
Pray for our government. The Bible reminds us that we are to pray for those who are in authority over us, whether we voted for them or not, so that we would experience peace, the purpose of which is that the gospel may flourish freely (1 Timothy 2:1-8).
Pray for wisdom. Ask God to help you make wise decisions in the voting booth on November 2.
Become Informed and Vote
Don’t be ignorant about the candidates, and don’t believe everything you hear. Do a little research so that you will be informed when you vote. Then vote according to your convictions.
Submit to Governing Authorities and Pray for Them
Once you find out who your newly elected officials are, begin praying for them, no matter who they happen to be, for whomever they are, God will have placed them in authority over you in order to accomplish his ends (Romans 13:1).
Pray for the Lord’s Return
Regardless of who wins these elections, Jesus is coming back, and he will establish his kingdom! It will be a kingdom of justice and peace; the government will be on his shoulders, and he will rule forever and ever! Pray that our Lord Jesus would return quickly!