BY ALEX VALDES
There has been a lot of information put online, social media and within church walls about whether Christians should participate in an election where neither candidate has an upstanding moral record. This debate has some very good points on both sides.
Some say Christians shouldn’t vote for candidates that do not have a record of morality and decision making that would be exemplary by biblical standards. Others say that we should vote for the lesser of two evils so that we avoid receiving the greater evil.
What does the Bible have to say about all of this? Is it necessary for a Christian to participate in a secular venue?
Putting aside the current candidates for a moment, why should we care about the election of our leaders? God cares about who is leading us and whether they meet His standard of leadership. (Hosea 8:4; Proverbs 28:12, 14:34).
He also cares about our obedience to our earthly authorities (Romans 13). Jesus also calls us to be involved (Matthew 22:21). This is where he gives his famous line ” “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”(NKJV, blb.org).
The Bible has other passages that talk about our relationship to government and how a nation should conduct itself before God. There are what seems to be case studies on leadership through the legal, historical and prophetic books of the Old Testament, as well as the admonitions to obey government in the New Testament. We are called, as the light and salt of this world, to be involved somehow.
What is so wonderful about America right now is that we have the option of participating in the choosing of our leaders. This has been one of the very unique qualities of our country that has stood the test of time.
However, I am of the opinion that these types of issues are best left in the realm of the believer’s conscience. If you cannot make a decision in faith (Romans 14:22-23), then don’t vote because it will be sinful for you. If you can vote with good conscience, then by all means cast your vote.
Now, as for our current elections, at this point I am looking at what the candidates have said they plan to do once in office. As a Christian, this is where the rubber meets the road for me. If they stand firmly against a proven biblical principle or moral absolute as outlined in the Word of God, then the Bible wins out and you vote for the lesser of two evils.
What is most important about our vote is that no matter who gets involved, God is still on the throne. He directs the leader “The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [Like] the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”(Pro 21:1 NKJV, blb.org). God understands our situation and what He really wants from us as a nation is to pray and seek His face with humility as well as our repentance from our sinful ways (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Don’t be afraid to participate. Get out and vote according to your biblically informed conscience.