I have heard all the statements. You have too. “This is the most important election in our lifetime.” Well, it may be, but I believe that all elections are important, not just this one.
As a Jesus follower, I want scripture to guide me in all that I do. Perhaps, since the Bible does not address voting, perhaps I shouldn’t vote at all. After all, there are good arguments regarding various other biblical omissions that lead people to simply avoid doing whatever is not found in the Bible.
What does the Bible say? Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” For me it is not simply a matter of submitting to an external political authority. As a citizen of the United States, “we the people” are the authority. Here in Kansas, our state had its beginnings as a territory back in 1854 with “popular sovereignty,” that gave the people authority. Specifically, we decided the slavery issue and chose to avoid it!
So, biblically, are we supposed to submit to ourselves? Actually… yes! I believe that based on Romans 13:1, the authority for the people to have authority, by voting, is established by God. Paul states in verse 2, “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted.” I have concluded that I believe God wants me to vote.
When I relate voting to the Bible, I am left with the truth that I have a huge responsibility. I must somehow determine God’s desire, since God is the One who established this authority for me to vote. I therefore need to know the mind of God.
There are many important issues that I need to understand. I don’t have the space to address all the issues, but I have come to the strong conclusion that God is on the side of life. I hope that I don’t have to prove that God is pro-life, but just in case you need help, you can watch a Focus on the Family broadcast addressing this issue by clicking here.
While I am not suggesting that the abortion issue should make you a one issue voter, I am suggesting that the abortion issue says much about a candidate’s world view. If a candidate is open to terminating human life at any time after conception, then I struggle with supporting that candidate.
What about a “woman’s right to control her own body”? I will simply state that once another life with a unique DNA has begun, that a woman has no right over the other person living within the space inside of her that is designed to nurture that new unique life.
Voting is important. I believe God has established it here in the United States.
I encourage you to vote and to encourage those you influence to vote.
Voting is the biblical thing to do.
Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Ambassador Network of Kansas
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