On November 6, people throughout the country will head to the polls to elect officials at all levels of government. Every election is important, but given the speed at which our culture changes, each election seems more critical than the last. We are privileged to live in a land where our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. As followers of Christ, we are commanded to seek the welfare of the city in which we live. This involves doing all we can to place wise and selfless leaders into places of influence by stewarding our vote well.
Many Christians make one of two mistakes when it comes to politics in our nation –seeing politics as either our sworn enemy or our savior. Both of these approaches are flawed and unbiblical. As Christians, we must remind ourselves that the government is a servant of God, a steward of His purposes, and is ultimately accountable to God. How we choose the servants and stewards of justice in our nation matters to God, so it should matter to us. With the importance of your vote in mind, here are five principles every believer in Jesus Christ should keep in mind as they cast their ballot in the weeks ahead.
Christians are not ‘above’ involvement in politics
Some believers think that because we’re here “as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1) that we should not get involved in the affairs of men. This type of thinking makes us so "heavenly minded that we are no earthly good." We are called to be salt (that prevents decay) and light (that dispels darkness). We are not called to be idle observers who fail to influence the nation in which we live. Politics is the governance of people and the expansion of ‘rightness’ in the world we live. If we are not concerned with the expansion of righteousness in our world, what are we to be concerned with? William Wilberforce got "involved in politics" to help end slavery in England's slave trade during the 1800's. Thank God he did. Christians today should follow his example by seeking to bring joy and righteousness to their community however they can.
As followers of Christ, we are to “seek the welfare of the city in which we live.” (Jeremiah 29:7) When we vote, we are delegating our right to rule and empowering others to define and execute justice in our land. Servants of Christ should never stand by passively and abdicate our role as advocates for justice in any nation.