Seeing Voting Through Biblical Lens

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

“For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.” (Romans 13:6)

Perhaps you have heard the “somewhat” popular phrase, “we should not talk about politics nor religion.” I am not sure where this phrase derived from but it certainly seems to contradict much of what we hear during this political or voting season as candidates are bombarding the social media platforms, media outlets, signs and billboards with political jargon and religious stances in an effort to be elected or reelected.

I for one believe that there can and should be appropriate conversations about politics and religion without being argumentative or combative regardless of your political persuasion or religious preference. As believers, I also believe that we should become informed and educated as much as possible about the candidates and issues that we have the choices to vote for on the local, state, and federal levels. Just as we all have flaws and short-comings, there are no perfect politician or governmental leader. However, a political leader’s previous decisions, voting records, verbal stances and the likes can offer insight of the leader’s or potential leader’s future decision making or future thought process for making key decisions that affect the livelihood of others.

Voting is a privilege and a right that we should not ignore nor take lightly. Each vote makes a difference. We are urged in scripture to pray for our leaders and respect the office of the leader even if we disagree with the political “lean” of the leader.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

Since as Romans 13:6 states, our governmental leaders are ministers or “servants” of God, not only should we pray for our leaders and their families but we should also be prayerful about who we should cast our votes for. We should be in prayer that God would raise up godly leaders who will lead with integrity and truthfulness. We should pray that God would guide our hands and minds as we participate in the established process of electing leaders that can be trusted with such responsibilities that will be granted by God through his people and the electoral process.

In closing, when we can see voting through biblical lens, we should be able to see beyond red and blue; beyond democratic, republican, or independent, beyond a few buzz statements and even beyond the most popular person. We should seek God’s guidance and the wisdom and discernment that God provides to make our decisions as we trust that God’s will is to be done through His people as we participate in the election process granted.

To God be the glory for His plan that even if the person elected is not our preferred choice, the King is still on the throne and God’s power will not be overthrown!

In His Care,

Roy Newman, Senior Pastor