HOW WILL YOU VOTE?
By Deborah M. Piccurelli
Election Day is here, and we, as Christians need to know how we should vote. For myself, I always try to vote for the candidate whose stance is closest to Bible principles, no matter what the office.
Many Christians prefer not to vote at all if they don’t see a viable candidate, thinking it won’t matter. But they’re wrong. A non-vote is a vote for the opposing party. You may say, “But none of the candidates stand for what I believe in. Who do I vote for?” My answer to that is what I pointed out at the beginning of this article, and then, no matter who gets voted in, I will pray for that person.
I watched The Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast last week and this week, with Kenneth Copeland and David Barton, an expert on American History and politics. They discussed this very issue. One of them pointed out 1Timothy 2:1-2:
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
In other words, we need to pray for the members of our government. And, whether we like it, or not, be thankful for them.
Also, these men also brought up that if we harbor any anger or resentment toward any one of the people in office, we need to forgive. We all know Scripture commands that, so we can’t leave anyone out. Least of all, our officials.
Lastly, have compassion as we pray that they may come to knowledge and truth. None of these actions is about us, or those in authority. It’s about obedience. When we obey, good things happen.
For those who are interested in how the voting process was intended by our forefathers, you might want to check out David Barton (www.wallbuilders.org), and his book Original Intent (available along with a DVD teaching at www.kcm.org). The website has a slew of information for both history and political buffs.
My prayer, this Election Day, is that the best people are voted in. The people who will turn this country around to the way our forefathers, and God, originally intended.