Christians need to regain a wholesome and holy comprehension of the fear of the Lord (Proverb 9:10) and the knowledge that we will give an account to God. It will take place for every Believer regardless of political affiliation at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Second Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Romans 14:10-12 reveals more about this accountability, “10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then EVERY ONE OF US shall give account of himself to God.”
With our eternal salvation having already been settled, our life deeds and works after salvation will be judged. An account/reckoning will be given for:
- The things (deeds) done while in our body, good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 4:5).
- The hidden things of darkness (1 Cor. 4:5).
- The counsels of the heart (aims, motives, purposes, intents 1 Cor. 4:5).
- The quality of our works/service (1 Cor. 3:9‑15).
- Every idle word (Matt. 12:36, 37)
I believe included as a part of the deeds done while in our body and the counsels of our heart are our votes in political elections. It is not just who you vote for but what you vote for. Believers allow political parties, political candidates, and media bias to frame everything as Right vs. Left, Republican vs. Democrat instead of Right vs. Wrong. Believers today (weak in their faith) refuse to make moral judgments in voting or in vocalizing them for fear of being labeled intolerant. Silence in the name of tolerance where God’s Word is violated in my view is essentially cowardice and indifference to the God some say they love.
Many Christians vote with no consideration to the Biblical truths in the Word of God and the righteousness of God’s ways. For some, their politics is their religion and their highest loyalty is to political parties. I pray they realize 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 like what the great Revivalist Charles Finney said in one of his lectures on Revival. I quote from his lectures on Revival, “…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they take.”
What we do in politics matters. Be sure to vote but also remember Heaven is watching.