Our voter’s pamphlet arrived a couple days ago, and it’s calling me from the pile on my kitchen table.
How should I vote?
Remember WWJD? Does it work during election time to ask myself what Jesus would do, how he would vote?
Such a question leads only to guessing, and I want something more solid than speculation.
A better stance to take is to come under God’s authority, seeking his wisdom. Candidates and measures come and go, but I want to keep my eyes on the bigger picture and work for what brings lasting value.
What if I don’t like the outcome?
“I am God, and there is none like me . . . I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do” (Isaiah 46:9-11 NIV).
Since he is God, how can I expect to comprehend how he weaves the strands of my choices together for his purpose? I can only declare he is God (praise), ask for his will to be done (request), and take action to the best of my ability and understanding (faith).
Elections and opinions are not secure forever. We will work through these things, but we’ll do better if we remember God is big enough to handle all that he has made, and if we trust him.
Prayer: Father of us all, let your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
Thank you for your words of encouragement, Wanda.
At these time I look at a Sovereign God and acknowledge that nothing touches us except what has first crossed his desk. The one thing I am certain of is – we do not need to be afraid.
I especially like your “this one is messy” comment, Mr. Rea. I remind myself that if I wake up breathing then God must have more for me to do on this messy planet.
My duty as a Christian is to invest time and energy in learning everything that I can about the candidates and issues that appear on any ballot and then determine how these issues and candidates can best serve the public interest. As a citizen of a representative form of government I recognize that compromise will be required if we ensure that the basic rights and beliefs of all people are represented. I keep reminding myself that I’m at work in this kingdom, not the next, and this one is messy.