Today I read a note from Dr. George Wood the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. Allow me to borrow a few ideas that he shared…
In just a few weeks on November 6, 2012 we will head to the polls to once again elect a president. Once again it seems as if much of our nation’s future depends on the outcome of this single election. Today we face numerous crises. Recently an angry mob in Benghazi, Libya invaded our consulate there, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a State Department worker, and two American Security guards. Rioters in Cairo, Egypt, and Sana’a, Yemen, have attacked our embassies. On the domestic front we have had 43 consecutive months with an unemployment rate above 8 percent. As of June, over 46 million Americans were receiving food stamps. All the while the “social wars” are alive and well, with abortion and gay marriage being particularly fierce battlegrounds, pitting biblical values against secular ones.
In election years Christians often confuse the outcome of elections with the kingdom of God. If their candidate comes out on top they feel as if God’s will has been done and if not they feel as if the kingdom has been defeated. While this position is certainly wrong there is however, a powerful rational behind believers taking these things very seriously and becoming involved in the political process.
In the late sixth century B.C., during a time not entirely unlike our time, God gave a word through the prophet Jeremiah that is very relevant to us today. Jeremiah wrote …
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
I believe that every Christian should without fail do two things:
Nothing could be more important than both expressing to God your concerns for our nation but also hearing from God concerning how you should cast your vote. My experience has been that most people follow a political party affiliation and cast their votes based on the candidate’s affiliation. I refuse to allow others to determine who I will vote for simply by who they nominate for their party’s candidate. While I do not believe that in most cases there is one righteous and one evil candidate I do believe that God knows a man’s heart in a way that you and I never will. Through the Holy Spirit’s direction God can give direction that you and I need.
History is made by those who show up. I believe if you are going to be a citizen of the United States you have a responsibility to be engaged and vote for the candidate of your choice. If you are not going to vote then remain silent for the next four years regardless of the direction that the next president leads our nation.
While there are many more things that you might do to be involved, in my opinion nothing is more important than these two.