Christians: How Should One Then Vote?
Who Should Christians Vote For…? (it might surprise you)
Choices, not exactly sure of the caliber, but there are choices in this year’s presidential election.
Heard this week: “I look at the state of our nation right now. We have a dude who has one foot in the grave, who is an avowed socialist. We have someone over here who is a liar all these other things. This guy over here is just an idiot; the things that come out of his mouth bewilder me. Then we got this guy over here, at least in my opinion there is a moral factor but gosh, he is a flip flopper, I can’t trust anything that comes out of his mouth. The whole world just said politicians are liars but we don’t care. And I am just scratching my head going, “Good Lord, Jesus, what a mess.” There is this man who is not a career politician, a man of integrity and man of his word. They use everything he says against him, so he doesn’t have a chance.” Reminds one of the song lyrics, “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” (Stealers Wheel, 1972) Filling in a name for each individual one may be difficult, some descriptions apply to multiple candidates.
Who do you vote for? How about as a Christian, who do you vote for?
You have a responsibility, a great responsibility, when voting.
“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” This quote from Luke 12:48 inspired President Kennedy when he said, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.” In the same speech, Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Some say he requoted President Harding, “We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.”
Christians need to quit voting for a man and instead vote for their own God-ordained personally responsibility. Who can empower that personal responsibility?
The current challenges in the United States of America are not due to a lack of Christian leadership but lack of Christian leaders. A leader in the White House, who happens to be a Christian, is not going to get the United States where it needs to be, President Carter is proof. Please carefully consider this point: a single leader cannot change the course of a nation. Christian leaders, by the hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands must arise. Now, who is a Christian leader? It is not a pastor; a pastor is a leader of Christians, huge difference. We need leaders who are Christians who lead in the arts, education, media, family, government and business, and they must be effective Christian leaders. If Christians are to make disciples of nations (Matthew 28:19) then they better start being effective leaders in the gates of influence of those nations.
How does that help in deciding who to vote for in this year’s presidential election? Remember our choices? Don’t look at the choices for your decision, look to yourself. If you desire to be a much needed Christian leader in one or more of the gates of influence in your city, state and country, you should ask yourself three questions.
- Am I willing to do the hard work required to be an effective leader in the area of influence related to my calling? (If not, it doesn’t matter who you vote for.)
- Which candidate will protect Christians the most and allow them to be the freest to pursue their ideals? (Christians who are neither free nor safe are limited in potential.)
- Which candidate will allow the business and economy to flow freely to best allow Christians to make money in their jobs and businesses? (You can’t accomplish anything without funding.)
If you have the desire, the freedom and the funding, you can accomplish what you are called to accomplish – as long as you are willing to do the work and have the freedom to pursue it.
Dear Church, quit voting for someone to fix the problems and vote for someone who empowers and allows YOU to fix the problems.