Watering the Tulips
March 9, 2016
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” – Proverbs 16:33
The quadrennial event we have all come to love is nearly upon us. It is presidential election season in the United States. However, it seems to grow less and less presidential and more and more like a WWE Wrestlemania event every time it rolls around. Without a doubt, debates have become less about the positions of the candidates and more about ratings. Most of us that take note of the downward direction of our country are left scratching our heads puzzled by what we ought to do. If things continue as they appear, this time Christians may face a dilemma far beyond anything that they’ve face before.
Come November, what if believers are faced with candidates from the two major parties who literally have nothing in common with Christians? What if the “conservative” candidate is one of the most corrupt, morally bankrupt people to ever run? What if he actually supported the candidate from the other “liberal” party in previous elections? What if supporting pro-choice candidates is merely a “business decision” for the guy? What if both candidates are known, proven liars and thieves? Do believers have Biblical instruction to “hold their nose and pull the lever”? I mean, we aren’t voting for a pastor, right? So, is our vote really something God takes notice of?
First of all, take a deep breath. Don’t lose sight of the fact that “the lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord”. God ultimately “removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). He even raised Pharaoh up to show His power over him (Exodus 9:16; Romans 9:17). I’m not in any way suggesting that our vote doesn’t matter. I’m not suggesting that we all skip out come November. But the Bible is clear; God ultimately is guiding this world down a track that is in accordance with His will. He even orchestrated the death of Christ. However, those that murdered Him bear the guilt (Acts 2:23).
The understanding of God’s sovereignty over an election should take the politics out of the equation. Too many believers overthink their vote to the point of watching polls and political newscasts to find out whom they need to vote for so another candidate has less of a chance. In this scenario, our vote becomes less of a vote FOR and more for a vote AGAINST. There may be a more godly candidate. But we feel compelled to vote for a less godly man who has more of a chance to win. However, this approach to voting loses sight of some things. First of all, God is ultimately running this show. Secondly, there’s never a right time to do the wrong thing. We are to “overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Oddly, today we’ve reworded Romans to say, “overcome evil with less evil”. But God certainly never advocates that.
Child of God, thank Him today for the opportunity you have to live in a country where you can vote for a leader. Take this opportunity to find the most godly candidate on the ballot and cast your vote for him. Forget all of the political rhetoric. Your duty is to do the right thing. Trust God to handle His end.
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