Some Scriptures and Thoughts for Election Day

usa-voting-paper-ballot-booths-640x353Hey y’all, I don’t know if you know this or not, but today is Election Day!  Yeah, it kinda snuck up on us this year, didn’t it?  Ok, I guess we need a little humor today, don’t we?

As we prepare to go vote here in the United States, I wanted to share some passages of scripture that I think are important for us to think about today.  One of the things that I believe most of all in my life is that we are to be shaped and molded by scripture.  What does scripture say?  What can it teach us?  What does it tell us?

On days like today, and really in all things, I think we must be impacted by scripture for how we live.  How we serve.  Who we are.  We should marinate ourselves in God’s Word.

Today, a few scriptures in thoughts about Election today

For our duty as citizens.

Romans 13: 1-3 from The Message says:

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

We have a duty as citizens of this nation.  GO AND VOTE.  Vote for the person that shares your values that you trust, that you desire to see lead our nation.  Go and vote. Seriously.  People died for us to that right and brave men and woman serve abroad today for us to have that right.  We are commanded in scripture to be a good citizen of the nation we live in.  Here in America, there is no more basic, not right, but responsibility, than that of voting.  I will be voting early this morning.  I urge you to join me at your local polling station.

But our duty as a citizen does not end after the election.  Work hard tomorrow and the next day for the betterment of our fellow citizens.  Be a good citizen each day.  That’s out calling as Christians here in this land.

For those who we will be electing

We are told this in 1 Timothy 2: 1-2:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

Pray for our new leaders.  I have been preaching since 1999.  Each Sunday of my ministry I have prayed for our leaders and for our military.  We are biblically commanded to  pray for our leaders.  And in a time when we are so divided as a nation, I would say that more you disagree with a person, they more they need your prayers.  Pray.  Because only prayer changes lives, people, and things.

If we want to change our nation for the better and be good citizens, one of the first things we must do, we have to do, is pray.

For each other

I think the thing, as a pastor, that has been hardest to watch for me during this election is how we speak to each other in our nation.  We see it in our candidates.  We see in on social media.  We see it everywhere.  Y’all, for those of us that are Christians, we are called to love, even those that we disagree with.  I love what Paul says in Romans 14: 14-15

14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.15 If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died.

He is talking about the food that they eat in his day, but I love what he says in verse 15.  By what you eat, do not cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died.  Christ died for the world.  Jesus Christ died for Donald Trump and his supporters.  Jesus Christ died for Hillary Clinton and her supporters.  That doesn’t mean that you’ve got to agree with them.  But scripture is clear, Jesus died for them.

No matter how anyone acts, they are of a sacred worth.  We forget that about each other, don’t we?  Especially when we have such legitimate and passionate disagreements.  Remember what it says in Luke 6: 27-32:

27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Hear me.  I am not saying we have to agree with each other.  I am not saying that this election is not important.  I am not saying that we shouldn’t care.  But Jesus tells us over and over and over again in scripture, to love those, even those that do us wrong.  Even those that we think are wrong.  Here He says love those that abuse and hurt us.

We have to love each other.  No matter what.  We must.  That’s our call as Christians.  Go and vote, yes.  Pray, yes.  But love.  Yes.

And above all, trust.  Remember my two life verses.  Remember all will be well.  God has this. God is in control.  Trust.

Romans 8:28:

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Genesis 50:20:

20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.

God has this. Seriously. God is at work in all things. Do not fear. Do not fret. Trust. He is at work in all things, even this election.

As believers, we can, we must trust.

So today, go vote. Do your duty as a citizen of the United States. Pray. Love each other. Do your duty as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

And work to make His will done upon the earth as it is in Heaven.

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