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God and Election Day

The sky won’t fall after a new president is elected

It’s that time again. Americans will decide next Tuesday who will occupy the White House for the next four years. The speeches, commercials, and mudslinging will be over soon, but the problems will remain. We’ll go through a similar season again in four years, God willing. Some of us will be sad next Tuesday, maybe to the point of despair. Others will be happy, satisfied, or merely resigned to the “lesser of two evils.” A number of Americans won’t care either way.

Even among Christians—who know God is sovereign over all things—it’s sometimes difficult to understand why God would appoint that person to rule over us. Whoever that person is for you, the sky won’t fall when the new president takes his or her place in the Oval Office.

As conservative Christians, we seek a candidate we believe will protect what’s important to us: our constitutional rights, especially religious freedom. We want someone committed to protecting the unborn and reducing abortions. Some of us want school choice for children in failing schools. For many of us, the best leader will advocate for us to keep more of the money we earn and reduce the size of government while limiting its power in our lives. We’d be glad to know whether our next leader respects the will of the people.

Every election season I say I’m not going to vote. But every Election Day I show up at my precinct. My sense of obligation overrides my sense of pessimism. Americans have died, suffered bodily harm, and endured humiliation so that I can cast a ballot without facing death, bodily harm, or humiliation. With freedom comes responsibility, and for me, not voting would be irresponsible.

Christians debate whether to vote for conservatives or liberals. Some voters would rather sit this one out or write in the name of a candidate who can’t win instead of choosing one of the nominees from the two major parties. But remember that whomever you support is a sinner. Our laws are written, enacted, and enforced by sinners. All of our leaders are sinners, including the next president and every American voting for the next president. We vote our conscience and our values, and God is our ultimate judge, not other voters or any government authority.

After the results are in next week, many of us will wonder what God is doing. We might be uncertain about that, but we are certain that our God is unchanging and faithful, awesome and in control. Believers are eternally secure in their salvation and shouldn’t despair or get too excited about who is going to be in the White House.

As we submit to appointed leaders who advocate for what God calls sinful, He’s still saving, and events proceed according to His divine will. God has turned the hearts of kings, so we pray for our leaders. Pray for God’s will in their lives and in their leadership. Pray for godly counsel to surround them, and that they would listen to such counsel. And most important, pray for the unsaved to become saved.

See you after the election.

La Shawn Barber La Shawn is a former WORLD columnist.


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infohighway, I am voting and encourage all belivers to vote. As I mentioned to another commenter, my column wasn't meant to encourage sitting this one out. - La Shawn


Yes, I fully acknowledge that God is in control, but as Franklin Graham said today on Fox News, between 25 and 35 MILLION Evangelicals did not vote in the last election. That means that Evangelicals are the second largest voting block, second only to Catholics. This means that Evangelicals really do control who gets elected, by our action or inaction! So if we mess up, or stay away from the polls, God can deal with that, but we are not glorifying Him by allowing abortion-on-demand-at-any-time people to be elected, when we as a group could stop that 100%. Abortions may never truly be a thing of the past, but every person who we can encourage to not have one is one more life that can potentially glorify God. And we glorify God by voting for people who will work to uphold the values that this country was founded upon.

Romans 8:28 is still in effect, but it does not mean that if I decide to purposely step in front of a moving train, that somehow it is God's will that I do so. Same goes for elections. Just because evil people get into office by our apathy does not violate Romans 8:28, but also does not mean Christians should drink the Progressive's Kool Aid every election year, or abandon the polls. Just because the choices are both distasteful, then I will vote for the one that will kill the fewest babies in the womb. That's a no-brainer to me. It's all about the Supreme Court, after all, which may be changed for decades depending on for whom we vote, or if we stay home on election day.

Until Angels run for office, voting will ALWAYS be choosing the lesser of two evils since 100% of all humans are evil, some more so than others ("all have sinned"). 2016 is more dramatic, yes, but not fundamentally different than any other US Presidential election. I am narrow minded enough that I always choose the candidates in any office who are less likely to kill babies or destory our freedom of religion. Welcome to the fallen world we live in. I am going to vote as if millions of unborn lives depend on it.