Prayer, Principle, and Participation
The Lord has given America’s people a unique opportunity in the electoral system. Many people throughout history have not had a say as to who would be in authority. Elections are a tremendous responsibility the Lord has given. Participation in each primary and election is good stewardship of this unique opportunity.
The Bible has much to say about government. Observe:
- Ecclesiastes 10:20 “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”
- 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.”
- Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
The Constitution of the United States established this nation with a republic form of government. Article IV, Section 4. states: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government.” Even our pledge declares: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.”
Republic – is defined by Encarta as a “political system with elected representatives.” The representatives take the needs and issues of those they represent and enact legislation, justice, and safety to be established. The representatives are not to be padding their wallets – they are benefiting the people they serve. Individual people vote for the persons or platform most likely to represent some of their values, positions, and understandings.
Democracy – is defined by Encarta as “free and equal representation of people.” Democracy is what these United States are trending toward. When each individual voice is heard louder than the representative’s voice, we tend to get a “mob rule” mentality. The people shouting the loudest tend to drown out the rest and instead of a larger portion of society being protected and represented, individual rights trump what is collectively best. This shift in thinking away from the Constitution could be a contributor to the mass protests, and social re-engineering that is taking place.
Many people today have an expectation of society and government that is different than what the Republic offers. The fragmentation of America is seen in responses to the National Anthem protests from “professionals” all the way down to high school athletes. There is a globalism goal as people today marginalize the America we have learned of in history.
One of our early Presidents, John Adams aptly stated: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” This is a keen observation that is extremely relevant today. In fact – we see this playing out in the news every day. The majority of our nation has shifted away from Bible principles. Because the fabric of America has shifted so drastically, we are seeing horrendous policy, detrimental games with the political electoral system, and much abuse of “power.”
I hope we have another election in 4 years. If Jesus has not returned for believers by then, we may or may not have an election like we have grown accustomed to and may even take for granted. This is why I am writing about participation today.
We have always been able to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Jesus has never been on a ballot. If you think like me, the top of the ticket has people that I do not really like or approve of. However there is much more at stake than liking the top of the ticket. My feelings about individual candidates may not be the best way to make a decision. I am choosing to vote based on future policy, not current personalities.
Perhaps it’s for the best that elections not be decided by our feelings. The media is very successful at sensationalizing the candidates and causing secondary issues to be at the forefront of the conversation. I challenge you to dig deeper. See the facts and positions. Avoid voting based on how you may feel.
Here are several factors that I am considering and hope you will prayerfully consider as well. The first factor is on a personal level. The second two factors are on a policy level.
For No Alcohol: Proverbs 31:4-5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Leaders must be especially careful to not be inebriated because they may be called upon for lifesaving measures at any given moment. If a candidate is known as being a drunk or “tipsy” I choose to avoid that candidate.
Think of Daniel and Belshazzar in Daniel chapter 5. Being consumed with alcohol leaves no room for good decision making. That is why the police arrest drunk drivers. Inebriated drivers place themselves and others in danger.
For Life, Not Death: Psalm 127:3 “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 139:13-14 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Life is a gift from God. Conception is a blessing the Lord gives a man and a woman. It is a shame when children are viewed as an inconvenience and disregarded as garbage. Some people treat their dogs and cats with more dignity than they treat the unborn. The innocent unborn babies need a leader to cherish them.
The elderly can also become vulnerable. They need a leader to ensure their lives are valued as well. There could be a day – very soon, when health care is rationed out and the elderly are left to fend for themselves or die. They need an advocate who values life.
For Nationalism, Not Globalism: This is more evident each day as the Election Day approaches. My prayer is “Even so come Lord Jesus” like John wrote in Revelation. It is true that when the Tribulation begins, Antichrist will be revealed and he will consolidate all the countries, militaries, economies, religion, and more, into a One World Order. Following the Rapture, the nations of earth will be ready for a United World. I am not suggesting that we can stop or even slow down prophetical events. I am suggesting that helping Antichrist today is not something that I am interested in.
The proposition of globalism is older than the Book of Genesis. Nimrod consolidated the people of the world in order to control them and make himself their leader. Following the global flood (Noah and his family survived on the Ark) God told the people to scatter the globe and repopulate the earth. Nimrod rebelled and forced the people to live and serve him in Babel. The Tower of Babel is the result. This tall wonder stretched into the sky as man’s attempt to reach into the heavens and become a god. The Lord put down the first attempt at a One World Order. Read about it in Genesis 11. Globalism is rooted in humanism.
This is already taking shape with carbon taxes, health care, surveillance, education mandates, and trade agreements. I even heard on the news last week a USA military general say that he was willing to fight with Russia because the Russians are not wanting to assimilate with the rest of the world. More laws, more central government, more dominions and greater rule of individual leaders are not the real need today. As the government grows larger so does its control of the people. As government widens it becomes more authoritarian; especially of ideas and movements leaders may perceive as a threat to their power. The real need of the hour is more God – not more government.
Both the life issue and the nationalism issue will be greatly impacted by the Presidential appointees to the Unites States Supreme Court. These issues will swing to either more death and more globalism or more life and more nationalism based on how many honorable judges will be appointed. Have you seen the judges lately? It is possible that nearly 3 could be replaced in the next 4 years. Check each presidential candidates proposals as to whom they would nominate to this lifetime position if elected.
No candidate has ever been or ever will be a perfect choice. The platforms may not be much better either. Be sure to notice however the stark contrasts in each platform on these important issues. You may not find agreement on many other issues, but the issues listed above are a great considerations as you plan to participate in this election cycle. Listed below are some website to help you with the platforms.
PLEASE REMEMBER: No matter who wins the election this year, the Lord is still God. Proverbs 21:1 encourages us by saying: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
We probably would not have voted for David, Solomon, Nebuchadnezzar, or Pharaoh (Study their lives and policies to see what I mean), but God put them in their respective governments to fulfill His will.
Pray for mercy on this nation – then participate in the election. Voting is stewardship of opportunity.
Below are several sites that offer articles and voting guides based on facts and not on how we feel. I hope they will help you as you decide to cast your vote this year.