Voting day is quickly approaching and making news across the nation.
To many this is a day looked upon with frustration and uncertainty, while others ignore the significance of the day as a whole.
“Why even bother to vote?” some say, feeling powerless to the choices printed on the ballots. “What difference will my vote make anyway?”
Although I understand the vexation they feel, as I read the scriptures of the Old Testament I am reminded of the responsibility we have.
Recently, while reading the book of 2 Kings I found it telling how the Israelites went through seasons of having leaders that served the Lord, and kings that worshiped idols and false gods.
One king in particular, King Manasseh, led his people astray to a truly deplorable state were they did more evil than all the detestable nations the Lord had already destroyed before them.
During his long reign of 55 years, Manasseh plunged the nation of Judah into it’s darkest era of idolatry. In 2 Kings 21:3 it says “He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected alters to Baal and made an Asherah pole”.
Manasseh rejected the God of his father and instead worshiped Baal and Asherah, two Canaanite gods that represented fertility …or the worship of sex. Sadly, their worship practices included Baal followers sacrificing their own children in hopes to gain personal prosperity.
I can’t help but read these scriptures and feel the eerie sensation of déjà vu.
How similar America is to the nation of Judah. Haven’t we forgotten the God of our forefathers that built this country on the foundation of Christian truths? Haven’t we faded into a nation that worships self prosperity along with sex and the ability to express it without regard for its sacred origin?
Sadly, we have.
The only difference is the people of Judah did not vote their leaders in. No, they were kings born into the role by royal lineage. They did not have a say on who was next in line, but, they did have the ability to choose to follow the ways of the Lord, or be lead by lies of their leader.
Sometimes God does not always remove ungodly leaders from their positions, but instead He holds His people to be responsible for requiring their leaders to lead their nation in alignment with the Word of the Lord.
If the Lord held the nation of Judah to this standard, how much more will He hold us since we vote in our leaders?
We have a responsibility as a citizen of not only the nation of the United States, but also as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. He has blessed us with the ability to vote, and that vote is our voice that we are to use to glorify God and uphold His standards.
Perhaps you are struggling with the weight of this responsibility. Maybe you feel conflicted at the difficult task of determining which candidates are more likely to represent and uphold our Christian beliefs.
I completely understand.
But thankfully there are resources to assist us. Take time to do a little research and prayerfully ask God to assist you in using your voice, your vote to bring in leaders that will glorify God.
Here are three links that can offer you assistance in making informed decisions about the candidates based on the stances they take on topics related to the sanctity of life, our religious freedoms, and our christian beliefs. I pray you find them helpful, and feel empowered to do your part as a citizen of this great nation, but more importantly as a representative of Christ.
“Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” Exodus 18:21