God is Ruler of all and our votes on earth should honor Him and protect the weakest among us PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

AdobeStock 68659665webPsalm 72 gives us a glimpse into what we are to desire in a godly leader:

  • Justice – in particular defense of the poor
  • Righteousness – pity and deliverance to the children of the needy
  • Prosperity – a fruitful & blessed people, abundance
  • Peace – the crushing of the oppressor, flourishing of the righteous
  • Growth – expansion of territory and tribute
  • Respect for life - redeems vulnerable lives from oppression and violence, deems them "precious"

In our reality we find few if any leaders rise to those standards.

Still, it is our privilege and duty to pray that God will supply rulers with those qualities and principles. Disengagement is not an option. In America we do have a voice and we are not powerless. We have opportunity to elect our leaders, to influence even those whom we did not choose, and always to pray.

A PPL supporter recently forwarded a prayer email she received from The Family Research Council. Rev. Pierre Bynum, Chaplain & National Prayer Director, had this to say of the November Election:

If Christians sit on the sidelines yet again, the 2016 election could catapult us into deeper darkness, and, thus, the increasing judgments of God. If Christians get engaged and vote their biblical values, choosing leaders who will cease provoking Him to judgment, perhaps there will be more margin for His mercy.

Because more and more public office holders and seekers shamelessly call evil good and good evil (see Is 5:20), the coming election will be a defining moment in our nation" (see Dt 28). Our choices may not be the best, but we must choose leaders who will fight to turn us from our present course. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we cannot sit out this election because we don't like any of those at the top of the ballot. We need to start with the party platforms and examine how those line up with Scripture. Then we need to examine the individual candidate's rhetoric and record and how that lines up with Scripture. We must examine all the factors and prayerfully choose those we think will best represent and support the values we believe in, derived from our faith in God and His Word.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council writes in the fall issue of Uniting for Life:

Unless Jesus Himself is on the ballot, we are always going to be choosing among imperfect candidates. In this life, everything--including politics--is a messy mixture of good and evil, virture and vice, truth and falsehood."

Priests for Life has produced a helpful guide to the positions of the Republican and Democratic parties on a variety of issues. The guide is designed and legally approved (see letter on the website) for use by churches and 501(c)3 organizations. Permission to print and distribute is granted. You can download the resource here.

Presbyterians believe and proclaim that God is Sovereign. Come election day no one will rise to power without God's initiative. Our lives, born and unborn, are ultimately not dependent on political rulers but on Jesus Christ who holds us body and soul forever. Work hard. Engage. Vote faithfully. Do not lose hope. Trust in God.

 

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