Christians and the BIG Vote
Whew, read that again and let it sink in. It's heavy. Did you catch that "there is no authority except that which God has established"? And again "the authorities that exist have been established by God"? It's true, God is in charge and He tells us to submit to our authorities, twice just in this passage. Yet, we Christians are so very guilty of not doing what this portion of scripture commands, especially in the area of respect and honor that are due. I just wanted to include this, because it highlights that God established government, He cares about our interaction with the government and He is asking us to do very specific actions toward our government, like pay taxes, honor and respect. Again, it's heavy! Let me note, that we are never to submit to the authorities if it requires you to violate your conscience or God's laws.
The Bible is full of interactions between God and government, just read the Old Testament to see God set up kings, depose kings, harden the hearts of rulers, and make other rulers crazy. And it doesn't end in the OT, Jesus had many interactions with governing officials throughout his three years of ministry, too. Remember, give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's? Read through and you will find many intersections of God and government, more than I can list. Many times these are governments are theocracies, kingdoms, and dictatorships, where the people were not so fortunate to have a say, as we do. In our system of government, our vote is a deciding factor on who is in power, so use your vote as a voice for righteousness and good in the world. You may not like the choices very much, but do the best with what you have.
I had a teacher who always said voting gives you a right to complain for the next four years. It may be tongue in cheek, but it's oh so true. Democracy allows you to have a voice and choose your leaders, so don't complain about the leader if you don't use your vote to voice your opinion.
So read, listen, pray and get your vote on in November.