Vote or Pray?

I have been bothered by some things Christians have been saying about the upcoming election, and the candidates. As Christians we have to be mindful of how we conduct ourselves. The scriptures says in John 17:14 that we are not of this world, however, the Lord has left instructions for us while we are in it.

Now, before we get started I have to admit I have been guilty of bad mouthing those who are in authority, and voicing my opinion of what God should and should not do. Then I was reminded of the scripture which says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” We have to be careful when we begin to say what God will and will not do because we do not know what He is going to do until He is ready to reveal it. When it comes to government or political officials, we are tasked to pray for them, not criticize them. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” We are to pray for our leaders, so we can be in peace with ourselves and our God; believing they will be saved. We can’t say who will and will not be saved because someone at one time said you could never be saved, and look at you now.

Let’s look at another set of scripture. Solomon’s son Rehoboam reigned in his stead when he passed, and when he became king, all of Israel came to him asking for the yoke to be lighter than what Solomon had placed on them, and if he lighten it, they would serve him forever. So Rehoboam told them to leave and come back in 3 days and he would give them an answer. Rehoboam consulted the advisors who instructed Solomon on what to do, and the old advisors told Rehoboam to serve them, and speak kind to them and they will serve you forever. But, Rehoboam didn’t listen to them, instead he listened to his friends he grew up with, and they instructed him to make the burden heavier on the people. When the people came back after the 3 days, Rehoboam instructed them that the burden was gonna be heavier than what Solomon had on them, but the scripture said “Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.” And that word was that the Lord was going to rend the kingdom from Solomon because his heart turned from the Lord (read 1 Kings 11, 12). Of course you know the people fought against his decision.

Romans 13 talks about submitting to authority because every power that be is ordained by God. If we fight or resist, we are fighting and resisting God. I am not saying who you should or should not vote for, but one thing I do know is this: casting your vote on Jesus will guarantee you having a candidate who will supply all of your needs and give you peace in your tough situations. Jesus will hear your concerns and fight your battles. He will always make decisions which will benefit you! Pray for the leaders of this land, and place them in the hands of the Lord because this is how we, the saints of the Most High God, will have peace when everyone else is in turmoil. Be Blessed!

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2 thoughts on “Vote or Pray?

  1. God bless you Janice. I too used to criticize those in authority, but then God led me in His word to those scriptures and showed me what I ought to be doing. Daniel 2:21 says God removes kings and sets up kings.
    God is in control. We are to be obedient and pray for them as He commands. Yes we are to pray and vote!

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  2. Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mt. 22:21) Other scriptures that Janice aptly applied teach what a godly mind-set towards government ought to be. We do have a civic duty to be good witnesses to the world around us. Many may not agree with our godliness, but we are asked by God to “let our light shine before them” anyway. When it comes to voting, remember it is a privilege of democratic freedom in America. Abstaining from the process allows the fulfillment of this famous quote from Edmund Burke (1729-97), a revolutionary politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” Prayerfully consider your vote, then cast it!

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