Voting on Biblical Principles
Today is the day! Election Day 2012! Hopefully by 10 p.m. tonight we know who our next president is! I hope everyone will vote or has voted. I actually voted last week. I am a big advocate of early voting because I can’t do the long lines!
Now yesterday if you were able to watch my video blog, I discussed how we shouldn’t put our trust in man but in God alone. Now for some people it might sound like I am contradicting myself by encouraging you to vote since I told you yesterday not to put your trust in man-which includes the President, but that leads us Today’s “Daily Bread” topic which is entitled “Voting On Biblical Principles."
Now in the Christian community it is big uproar whether Christians should vote. Many Christians believe we should not vote. Many Christians argue it is purposeless to decide between the lesser of two evils.
Now as Christians, before we are American citizens we are kingdom citizens or as Jesus tell us in Philippians 3:20, “citizens of heaven.”Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” So we should seek the Lord before anything and be about kingdom business.
Another argument Christians make as a reason not to vote is that God picks our presidents according to his will, so our votes really don't count.
Now this is a strong argument too, and it there are a lot of scriptures to back this argument up. In Daniel 2:21 it says “God controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.” Then Psalms 75:7 says “But God is the judge, he puts down one, and sets up another.”
So yes, whoever becomes President today , God approved that person according to his will for our nation. But even with those arguments, I still believe that God wants us vote. But he doesn’t want us to vote based on a popularity contest between the two candidates. He wants us to select a candidate that exemplifies godly qualities.
So what are what the godly qualities that God wants our political leader to posses? In Exodus 18:21, Jethro (Moses’ father –in-law ) told him, “But select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
Then in Deuteronomy 16:18 the word says, “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.”
Right there, are four godly qualities that we should look for in selecting our president and political leaders. First, they must fear God because if they fear God they will carry out his will for out nation and not their own personal will.
Second, they must be trustworthy. Now yesterday, I taught you not to put your full trust in man because man will fail and make mistakes. So trustworthy does not mean that you put your full trust and faith in a particular candidate, but you must rather determine if the candidate is worthy of handling the job they are running for. Does their previous track record as a politician deem them capable of meeting all the qualifications and requirements to fulfill the office or position they are running for. God wants us to select who feel in our hearts and spirit can handle the job.
Second, they must be trustworthy. Now yesterday, I taught you not to put your full trust in man because man will fail and make mistakes. So trustworthy does not mean that you put your full trust and faith in a particular candidate, but rather you must determine if the candidate is worthy to handle the job they are running for. Does their previous track record as a politician deem them capable of running the political office theThird, the Word tells us they must hate bribery and dishonest gain. So that means they must stay clear away from people who are trying to buy their vote or exchange favors from their vote. It is also mean they must not use their power for their own selfish and personal gain. Proverbs 29:4 says, “By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.”
Deuteronomy 16:19 says, they “must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.” Accepting bribes will cause them to make unfair decisions, choices, and votes which are normally in favor for people who are corrupt and wicked.
Other godly include they must judge the people fairly. Like God, they must not be a respecter of persons. Psalm 72:2 says, “He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.” King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 29:14, “If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.”
He or she must defend and protect the rights of all citizens. He or she cannot not favor one social class or racial group over other another one. In Psalms 82:3 David says our leaders must “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”
So a political candidate must possess those four godly characteristics: the fear of the Lord, be trustworthy, have a hate for bribery and dishonest gain, and be a fair judge of all people, races, and social classes.
Today I encourage you to vote (if you already haven’t) for the political candidate that possesses godly characteristics. Remember no man is perfect and that man will fail and make mistakes. They will make promises and not always keep them. Remember what King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 29: 2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” Make sure you vote for the right person!
So put your full trust and faith in God and pray that candidate will carry out God’s will for our country! God bless you all and God bless America.
Today’s Scripture: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12