Thoughts on the Election

With the US presidential election right around the corner, there has been a lot of political talk these days. I have never involved myself too heavily in politics, but I do believe Christians have a responsibility to involve themselves in at least two ways:

1.) Praying for those in authority

2.) Voting according to biblical values

 

Praying for those in authority

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
-1 Timothy 2:1-4

There is a clear biblical command for the church to be in prayer for “kings and those in authority.”  The goal of this is that “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” Paul then seems to make the connection to how this environment is good for the spread of the gospel.

I have to admit that while I do pray for those in authority, it is probably not to the degree that I should. I would venture to say that this is an area where the church as a whole has dropped the ball.

I wonder what would happen if every complaint about our government/president was turned into a prayer. Remember, Paul faced some pretty harsh kings, yet his command was to pray for them. The early church was in a very hostile political atmosphere and Peter said “Honor the king” (see 1 Peter 2:17).

I hope that no matter what the outcome of the election is, Christians across this land will pray for our president. Let’s also remember that our ultimate hope is not in a political party or candidate for president. We are citizens of another kingdom, and our prayer is for God’s kingdom (government) to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We also must remember that regardless of who wins the election, we are in desperate need of an awakening across this country!

Voting according to biblical values

I believe that Christians in the USA have a responsibility to exercise their right to vote. And when choosing a candidate, biblical values and competence to govern the nation should be the primary determining factors.

How do you define what “biblical values” are? With so many issues, which ones do we focus on?

I, for one, cannot cast a vote for any candidate that is not pro-life. The issue of abortion is a huge one and must be seriously considered. There are a lot of important social issues, but I believe the issue of abortion is one of the biggest.

The attempt to redefine the definition of marriage is also a foundational issue. Our current president has stated that he is for the redefinition of marriage, and this should be a red flag to any voting Christian.

Lastly, religious liberty is a major factor. This nation was founded upon religious freedom, and yet this has been challenged at unprecedented levels in the last few years. I want a president (regardless of his religious affiliation) who will uphold this basic constitutional right.

I encourage you to pray and vote! Some Christians are choosing not to vote, refusing to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” I don’t see it that way.

I am voting for the better of two candidates.

 

7 Responses to “Thoughts on the Election”

  1. Bridget Daehler says:

    Hi Jake,
    Just read your blog and love your teachings!! Loved your message at church on Sunday as well. You have been given such a gift. Thank you for sharing.
    I do have a question for you on the issue of abortion. One that will be difficult to answer I think, but I would still like to know your thoughts. Paul Ryan is supposedly against abortion in all circumstances. Being a victim of rape I have a hard time thinking that a woman in this circumstance wouldn’t be given that option early on. Fortunately for me, I didn’t face that choice. Is this wrong of me? I think that most Christians support pro-life but on the issue of keeping a child from rape…that one I struggle with.

    • Bridget,

      Thank you for the comments and for your honesty about your struggle with this issue. I am terribly sorry for what you went through…
      I have not thought extensively about the issue of abortion in the case of rape and/or incest. I do know that those cases make up a very small percentage of abortions that happen in the US.

      If I had to make a decision on it at this moment, I would say that I probably agree with Paul Ryan’s stance of being against abortion in all circumstances. For me, it comes down to this: Does life start at conception? If so (and I believe it does), then even in the case of rape, a human life is being killed. Again, I probably need to process this a little more to have a clearer answer…and I would not be dogmatic about it.

      I do remember seeing a video when I was in college. The speaker was a woman and she was talking to students about being sexually pure, etc. At the end of her talk she revealed that she was conceived as a result of rape…it was pretty powerful, and showed how God can take what was meant for evil and turn it into good.

      Those are my thoughts for now…

      God Bless,

      Jake

  2. nancy l. green says:

    Right on brother!! <

  3. Tia Tedder says:

    Wonderful message!!! Thanks jake. Love, tia

  4. Craig Tomko says:

    Great message, Jake. We’re eagerly awaiting the hand of God to move on many, many fervent prayers offered up over this nation.

  5. Hey Jake,

    Thanks for your thoughts. This election was more difficult for me than previous elections. I am more clearly aligned with one candidate on the “social” issues of abortion and marriage, but I don’t think those are the only topics God is passionate about. The issue of reconciling poverty and caring for the poor is far more prevalent throughout the Bible than traditional republican moral issues. The difficulty is that in regards to poverty, both candidates will claim that they care about the poor and have strategies for economic growth, and the voters have to evaluate what they think will be successful – it’s not as black and white as abortion/marriage issues. So I find myself better aligned with one candidate about strategies for caring for the poor (both inside our country and outside), and better aligned with another candidate on “moral” issues. Looking forward to the day when there’s a viable third-party option!

    • Hey Alissa,

      Thanks for your comments! I agree it would be great to see a viable third-party candidate in the near future. I also agree about God’s heart for the poor, but I am not convinced it is the governments job to fix…(maybe the same could be said about abortion, I don’t know??). I wonder, if the church was doing a better job at caring for the poor maybe we would not need so much government intervention. Just my thoughts…I am definitely not an expert by any means!

      God Bless,

      Jake

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