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  • Writer's pictureRobert MacMillan

Why Vote If God's In Control?

God is sovereign and that means that is no one or nothing that can trump His will (pardon the election-year pun).

There is no amount of ballot stuffing, party pressures, or political action committee, that can thwart God’s sovereign will:

Isaiah 43:13 Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?"

That could be frightening except that His sovereignty is also applied to the well-being and security of those who are called by His name:

Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

We have an election coming up pretty quick. We will be selecting someone to be our President—the most powerful person in the world.

I don’t know how you feel but I am looking for the box marked “None of the Above.”

My theology tells me that the sovereign God has already chosen the person who will sit in the Oval Office come January. The obvious question occurs to me: Why should I even cast my vote since it has already been decided?

Let’s break this down a little.

Isaiah 57:15 refers to God as the One who inhabits eternity. That tells me that God is presently in the past; He is presently in the present; and He is presently in the future.

God is not restricted to the passage of time. He is not waiting for things to happen.

As I stand before you with a body that is rapidly breaking down, God is presently welcoming me into heaven.

Do I understand it? Absolutely not! Can I accept it? You betcha! I am completely committed to the absolute accuracy of the Bible as it teaches on the sovereignty of God.

In Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 2:21, he states that, God “removes kings and raises up kings.” God has not relinquished this responsibility.

After being humbled by God, King Nebuchadnezzar confessed the following:

Daniel 4:34-35:

34 For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?"

The election processes of a democracy have not interfered with God’s ability to rule.

Here are a few questions to consider:

Should Christians vote for the lesser of two evils? How can I answer this? Unless Jesus Himself is running for election, I will always be faced with voting for the lesser of two evils.

Are we responsible citizens? All of us who legally reside in the United States of America hold an office here: we are citizens. As legitimate office holders, we have responsibilities to carry out the duties of that office. Voting is one of those duties.

Romans 13:1-5 states that God establishes governments who can bear the sword against law breakers (whether they be individuals, groups, or nations). As citizens in a democracy, we have the responsibility to elect qualified sword bearers to act on our behalf and for our values.

In voting, we fulfill our stewardship of one of the things God has entrusted to our care: our social contract with each other through the involvement of government.

Not to vote is a form of voting, but being too lazy to vote is an abrogation of our responsibility. At the last presidential election, there were two viable candidates. When I entered the voting booth, I prayed over each presidential candidate and did not choose either one. One was from a cultish background in which defective theology would inform his every decision; and the other was from no particular belief system at all, and whose stated platform was anathema to me. I could not vote for either, but I could pray for both. I believe God is answering my prayers.

God judges nations in the here and now. He does not have a judgment seat before which nations will stand for judgment. Only individuals will stand before Him. So, how does God deal with wicked nations if He is a just God? He judges them in the here and now!

He will use economic disasters, famines, and other nations to bring judgment on nations.

So, is God judging the United States? I do not know for sure. I do know that one of three options are being played out in this election cycle:

We are getting the rulers we deserve.

We are getting the rulers we need.

Or, we are getting both the rulers we deserve and the rulers we need.

Are you going to vote? Will you vote with wisdom?

Remember, in the voting booth, you are exercising your faith, not your ability to cancel someone else’s vote. And, if you are voting your faith, there is no such thing as throwing your vote away on an unelectable candidate.

When you vote, make your statement!

#politics #Theology #voting

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