Do Not Vote Like Me
As I leave my primary polling location, I leave with an electoral hubris. Godly things cross my mind like… “Today I voted for God’s candidate.” ”WWJV (Who Would Jesus Vote)”. As I stop to grab a snack on the way home, I puff out my chest with a “I Voted” sticker. I even checked out Facebook and twitter to make sure all my “Christian” friends went out and fulfilled their “God Given Duty to Vote”, while making sure I posted a picture of the “I Voted” sticker as my profile picture.
Then it hits me… This doesn’t feel right. Where is the Biblical example of Democracy, Doesn’t God choose our leaders? How does Christian Democracy look?
There really is no Biblical examples of democracy. What!? Okay, there are versions of God giving the people who they want as a leader. I guess that is kind of like democracy without the “I Voted” stickers. In 1 Samuel 10 we see Saul being named King over Israel after they begged for a king.
And he said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you. But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your thousands.” 1 Samuel 10:18-19 ESV
Apparently the Bible doesn’t look at “giving the people what they want” as a good thing.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1 ESV
But Jesus, I love Fox News. I love listening to the pundits make fun of the President, The President You have put over me in authority.
Am I making you think yet?
But what if a Hillary wins? Here is the truth. God is sovereign. He has used things we don’t agree with to further the gospel. If you had to vote for Jesus to be murdered on a cross… would you? No, but it led to salvation. Would you vote for a candidate that supported the persecution of the early church? No, but that persecution spread the gospel like a fire throughout the world. No, I don’t believe Hillary Clinton is a modern day Nero, but if she was… God has a plan.
Should you vote? Sure. Just do it with the right heart. I think Christian Democracy is humble and quiet (Kind of Like Ben Carson). I can’t believe I just slipped that in there. I really shouldn’t be blogging at 3am. Let your vote show the world what makes us different. When speaking about a candidate with someone, allow your beliefs to slip out and move right into the gospel. Let your Christian voice ring out and Let God’s will be done.
It’s not about getting “our guy” elected. We were never called to change cultures. It is about leading people to Jesus. When a culture changes because people find Jesus… That is change you can believe in.