Spot of Grace
October 26, 2016
As Christians, How Should We Vote?
In the last few Spots, we’ve been considering our role as Christians who will be voting in the upcoming election. We’ve talked about being intelligent in researching the key issues and positions of the political parties. We have considered the possibility of being discouraged and how we need to look to God. This week I would like to touch on a key consideration – faith. Faith that God is in control. Faith that God is working out His plan. I love Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
What does it mean to have and express faith in matters pertaining to the election? Faith means we can have confidence in God. Faith means we can trust God. We can trust God even when we can’t see the outcome or the purpose of His plans. Faith means that candidates and parties may have plans and agendas, but God sits in authority over all of them and ultimately, He will always be in control. God is on the throne today, October 26, 2016. God will be on the throne on Election Day, Nov 8, 2016. God will be on the throne on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017.
Faith in God is the remedy to anxiety and worry. I have heard several people recently express their concerns and fears, not only about the election, but also about the future of our country. Presidents will only be able to do what God allows them to do. Faith means that our God is not only in control but also is working out His plan. The plan is that His name will be glorified, that the lost will be reached, and the saved will grow in faith.
God is calling us to a role in this upcoming election. Samuel Adams, the Father of the American Revolution, is quoted as saying, “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote … he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” We need to see our role in voting as a God given, God focused privilege. We are blessed that we do not live in a dictatorship or under military rule, and that we are given the right to vote. By voting, we are participating in our God-given democracy. By voting in faith, we are interpreting what we believe God desires for our country
Have a good week