Yesterday the American people went to the polls to participate in what turned out to be a historic election. I, for one, am thankful to our founding fathers for devising such an ingenious system and for the privilege to vote my conscience. Sadly, many Evangelicals think that because their hope is in Christ, and in Christ alone, we should not participate in the political process. I think this view is incompatible with Scripture.
Jethro, upon observing his son in law’s heavy load, counseled Moses to, “look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people” (Exodus 18:21). At that, we are told that Moses chose “capable men” and made them leaders and officials over the people of Israel. The Bible tells us that things like bribery, dishonesty, perversions of justice, twisting of words, partiality to the wicked, are all things that God hates. Proverbs 28:28 tells us that, “When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.” Clearly God intended for His people to make choices based upon His righteousness.
While it is true that God is sovereign and in absolute control of the entire universe and all of the affairs of man, this fact should compel us to be the “light” and the “salt” that Jesus instructed us to be in Matthew 5. The last thing it should do is make us complacent. And, while I certainly have my political leanings that I believe are, without argument, consistent with the Bible, the truth is, all the right politics in the world will not change the heart, only Jesus can.
It is good and right to pray for our country and our leadership. Paul told Timothy, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. ” (1 Timothy 2:1-3). By God’s grace, I have committed to doing so but my deepest hearts cry is that the church in America wake up from her slumber to preach Christ, and Christ crucified to a lost and dying world.
I leave you with the words of Abraham Kuyper, a man of God who challenged the secular culture, that God providentially placed him, with the Word of God:
“One desire has been the ruling passion of my life. One high motive has acted like a spur upon my mind and soul, and sooner than that I should escape from the sacred necessity that is laid upon me, let the breath of life fail me. it is this: that, in spite of all worldly opposition, God’s holy ordinances shall be established again in the throne, in the school, and in the state for the good of the people, to carve, as it were, into the conscience of the nation the ordinances of the Lord, to which Bible and creation bear witness; until the nations pays homage again to God. ” (Abraham Kuyper, Near unto God, quoted in The Doctrines of Grace, James Montgomery Boice, Philip Graham Ryken, page 54).
Revival can only come to America when the church drops everything that reeks of the earth and preaches a crucified Savior to a lost and dying world.
May God raise up men and women of valor to do just that.