I’m writing this on November 8, 2011. It’s an election day here in Mississippi. If you’re not in Mississippi reading this, sorry about it. But maybe these thoughts will be helpful the next time you get to vote!
Every election day brings a couple of thoughts to my mind. The first is that voting is a privilege. I think about what Paul writes in Romans 13:1-7:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed
Paul writes to Christians at time when the Roman government was starting to persecute Christians for the fact that they would not worship Caesar as God. It was tough to be a Christian in the world they were in. The government was working against them to stop and, potentially kill them.
How does Paul respond to this? He tells them to be the best citizens. Respect the authorities placed above them. Do right. Trust in God, even when the authorities might not be the ones you’d like, trust in God and be a responsible citizen.
So, today, vote. Too many people have sacrificed too much for us to have this right and not use it. Today. Vote.
But my second thought comes from Psalm 2. Listent to Psalm 2:1-4:
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
This Psalm deals with the kings of earth making their plans. They are plotting and scheming. They have a plan. They are going to thwart God and His plan. They are going to win. They are going to stop God and they are going to prevail.
And how does the Lord respond to this? The Lord in heaven laughs.
Why? Because no human can stop the Lord’s plan.
They can’t stop the Lord’s plan. They can’t stop the Lord’s will. They can’t stop what the Lord is going to do.
God is God. He is in control. He has a plan and a way. No mater what happens in an election. No matter what happens in life. No matter how bad we think it may be.
God is in control. God wins. God is king.
So, do your duty. Vote. But more than voting, know that God is God, He is in control. He has a plan.
Do your duty. But trust in God more.