2 Corinthians 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Election Day is almost here and Christians need to answer their calling to being salt and light in this sin sick world by their participation in the political process. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” In America, for the godly to be in authority we have to vote for them.
Elections are a basic part of how our government works. The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul states in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” God would not allow the institution of human government the authority to exist and then tell His people to stay out of it. He expects us to be involved and use our vote as salt and light in the political process (Matthew 5:13-16).
Samuel Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers said: “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote… that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” It is a freedom purchased by the life and blood of those who fought for our independence, founding, and union. Sad thing is many choose not to vote and in past elections it has included many born again Christians. There is a quote by and American magazine editor and drama critic George Jean Nathan who said, “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
Christians need to vote and vote for righteous people along with voting for issues in line with the righteousness of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33); that is, a righteousness defined by God’s precepts and Word (Psalm 119:128). Sadly, many Christians don’t even consider the Word of God, righteousness, and Christian values when they vote. I hope they know that they’ll have to give an account for that one day at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10-12).
I would also suggest to do some homework to see where candidates stand on moral issues and look beyond political adds, campaign rhetoric, and political party. Check into their record in office not their learned Christian lingo. It is not wise to give unquestioned loyalty to politicians and political parties because we need to call them out and to repentance when they step away from God’s righteous precepts and moral law. Our highest loyalty needs to be to the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6) and to the truth of God’s Word. Second Corinthians 13:8 says, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” The Amplified Bible says it this way, “For we can do nothing against the Truth [not serve any party or personal interest], but only for the Truth [which is the Gospel] 2 Corinthians 13:8.”