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.
In today's world (in the U.S.) we have the opportunity to decide (vote) who we want to give that authority to. Sure, it's the decision of the majority, but if you don't vote you are not having a say in who wins. If you don't have a say, you do not contribute in any way to the possibility of that majority being in your favor.
Many people feel it only important to vote during presidential elections, however, it is just as important to vote during mid-term elections. If we care who runs our country, shouldn't we also care who runs our state and local governments? That is the purpose of the mid-term elections. To have our say in who we think should govern us locally.
1 Peter 2: 13-15, Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— (NKJV)
In this scripture we are told not only to submit ourselves to the King (which in our case would be our president) but also to the governors. Our state governors are up for election in two days. Since we are to obey them, it makes sense to me that we should take a stand in deciding who we want to be in authority over us. But, if we don't take a stand and vote our decision we are leaving it to others to make that choice for us.
In every instance of the Bible, when someone asked Jesus (prayed) for healing, whether for themselves or others, He instructed them to do something in order to receive their request. A few examples of this are:
John 9: 6-7, When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. (NKJV)
Matthew 8: 3-4, Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (NKJV)
Matthew 8: 13, Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (NKJV)
Those are only three examples, and I hope you can see the relevance. If we pray (ask) for God's will to be done concerning the elections, then in order to receive that which we have asked, we need to exercise our faith by taking action. We need to physically do something. In other words, we need to go vote.
It is my prayer that you will do your part and make your voice heard. Here's a link to a site where you can find your voting place. Click the link and then scroll down the page and click on your state. On the new page that comes up enter your name and zip code. Your voting place(s) will show up.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!