Here are four recommendations I’d like to make for followers of Jesus on Election Day here in the US.
- Pray – We know as believers that God works through prayer (James 5:16). We know that our calling includes praying for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We know that our nation has a great need of turning back to God at numerous levels. Because of these things, we should pray that our nation will be awakened with a need for God, that the elections will be guided by God, and that all the candidates up for public office will be strengthened by God regardless of their political party.
- Think Biblically – As followers of Christ we must always filter our actions through the truth of God as revealed in the Scriptures. We must let the truth of God both correct and encourage us, even as it renews our minds (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 12:1-2). We must remember that Jesus is our king and our allegiance is first and foremost to His kingdom. The kingdom of God is bigger than any political party. The kingdom calls for value of human life as made in the image of God from before birth through the end of our days. The kingdom of God calls for stewardship of the environment as created by God and stewardship of finances as a gift from God. The kingdom of God calls for care for the forgotten, those in prison, widows, orphans, and foreigners in our midst. The kingdom of God is marked by truth, integrity, righteousness and justice. We must struggle to think biblically about the issues.
- Vote – It is a huge privilege in our country to have a voice in the political process. So many others that I have spent time with around the world do not have this privilege. The first century church did not experience anything like this. An outflow of Paul’s instructions about our relationship to governing authorities in Romans 13 is to exercise our right to vote. I encourage every follower of Jesus to take up this privilege.
- Love One Another – The Bible affirms again and again that we are called as followers of Christ to love one another and stand in unity (1 John 4:11; Philippians 4:1-2). Jesus Himself said that people would know we are His disciples if we love one another (John 13:34-35). Over all these things, we must stand together as one in ways that those around us, divided by so many different political philosophies and party allegiances, cannot. We must uphold the unity as brothers and sisters forged through the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus Christ.