By Pastor J.D. Link
Deut 16:18-20 says, “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates… and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. Thou shalt not pervert judgment; thou shalt not show partiality, neither take a bribe: for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou may live…. “. Ex 18:21 says, “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers… “.
As Christians, we are to elect leaders who are righteous; fair; honest; that follow righteousness.
Men with ability, who fear God; men of truth who hate covetousness. These are to be our priorities.
We do not vote for someone because we’ll get free stuff; or because they’re cool or funny or look a certain
way. We vote for character and conduct. Elections are not to be “Pop” culture popularity contest. We are
to ask: Are they able to do the job? Do they actually have a plan that they can articulate? Do they fear
God? Are they men of truth? Do they hate covetousness? These are the questions we should be asking.
These are the things that matter to God.
In Mt 5:13-16, Jesus tells us that as His disciples, we are the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. Salt salts and light lights. Salt that isn’t salty is worthless, and light hidden under a bucket is, too. Jesus told us to be salt and light. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecc 3:7). Christians have gotten the silent part down, but we need some work on the speaking!
Some Christians believe politics is “dirty”, and that we should not have anything to do with government. Why? The Apostle Paul didn’t mind preaching Jesus to the Sanhedrin, two Roman governors and a king in the last few chapters of Acts. Besides, isn’t the electoral process supposed to be people electing those that will represent them? If Christians stay out of this process, who will represent them? The fact is, everyone wants to elect a person who represents their morality; the only question is, what is your morality? Those that cry “separation of church and state”, are in reality saying, “We do not want Biblical standards of morality and righteousness to have anything to do with how we function as a society.” By what standard then, will we be governed? By the standard of the godless.
So then the sum is this: the godless want to be governed by a godless standard, and the righteous want to be governed by a righteous standard. Are we as Christians commanded to stay out of this? God tells us to pray for our leaders, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, and that the gospel would have freedom to be preached, that men might be saved (1Tim 2:1-4). We are told to be good citizens, and to submit to the government, as they are to punish evil and reward good (1Pt 2:13-14). Whose standard of good and evil did God have in mind? His standard, no doubt. We are also to render unto the government that which is the governments; and unto God, that which is God’s (Mt 22:21). Jesus clearly teaches that some things are the governments, and some things are God’s. However, because God is the author of government (Rom 13:1-7), what we render to God comes first, then what we render to the government. The Bible is full of these examples (Ex 1:16-17, Dan 3:16-18, 6:13, Act 4:19, 5:29).
God ordained the government of the family, the church and of society. He lays out in his word how they are to function. Space does not allow to expound on family and church, but it is clearly laid out in God’s Word. As for society, as with the verses we started out with, we are to elect righteous men who fear God and love truth. These are the top qualifications. Why? Because righteousness exalts a nation (Prv 14:34). By the blessing of the righteous the city is exalted (Prv 11:11). Scornful men only bring the city into a snare (Prv 29:8), but when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice (Prv 29:2). As the children of God, we should seek righteousness above all else.
God told us to pray for the city we dwell in, for when it has peace, we will have peace (Jer 29:7). If we abandon our moral obligation to elect godly leaders and pray for our nation, how long do we expect to have peace? Do we really think our children and grandchildren will enjoy the peace and freedoms we have enjoyed, if we neglect our sacred duty? Will the U.S. just somehow go on as usual, when the principles that made her great have been destroyed? If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do (Ps 11:3)?
Our voice; our vote; our actions – or lack thereof – will determine our destiny. We must be salt. We must be light. Our whole duty is to fear God and do what He says (Ecc 12:13-14). He tells us to elect righteous leaders. We are not to fear man, but to fear God – who has the power to cast into Hell (Lk 12:4-5). Do we really believe these words of Jesus? If not, then eat, drink and be merry; but if you believe Jesus means what He says and says what He means, we would be wise to render unto God the things that are His. Selah.