If we put our trust in God why do we need to vote?
As of the time of this writing, the 2018 mid-term elections are only two days away. Have you decided who you are voting for? Or, have you decided to remain silent and not vote? Why is voting so important, anyway? Can't we just pray and leave it up to God? Those are some of the questions that I hope to help you find answers to.
The intent of this blog article is not to influence you whom or what party to vote for, but rather to encourage you to get out and vote. If we remain silent and don't vote then we are handing our future over to others to choose how we should live our lives. Isn't that a personal choice? Don't you want to live your life according to your own principles and moral values? Then, why would you let someone else make that choice for you when it comes to voting for those who have authority and rule over us?
Yes, our government does rule over us and yes, our government does have authority over us. And yes, we are commanded to obey the laws of our government.
Romans 13: 1-2, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (NKJV)
You may ask, but if God appoints them, then why do we need to vote? Take a moment and think about it. When the Bible was written, all countries were ruled by Kings. People didn't elect Kings, they were appointed by God. That was how God established His authority on this earth. In the thousands of years since the Bible times, man has taken over that authority in many nations. Does that make this scripture any less relevant? No. Wisdom itself tells us that if we don't follow the laws of the land we will bring judgment upon ourselves. What God is telling us here is that we are to be subject to and obey the laws of the land; our government.