Today is Election Day in the United States. Millions of Americans will wait in line today at their local precinct and cast their vote for President of the United States, their Representatives and Senators, both state and federal, and a host of amendments. Millions of other Americans have already voted. It’s truly a remarkable freedom that we as citizens have a voice in who are elected officials will be.
This recent election cycle has been one of the most exhaustive and divisive we’ve had in recent memory. Long time friendships have been destroyed, families ripped in half, and contentious marriages are all tragedies of the current American political climate. A recent study showed that 55% of Americans believe the 2020 election will be the most stressful day of their lives, which is hard to fathom since we are living in a prosperous nation despite facing the most disastrous health crisis of our lifetime. This should tell us everything we need to know about our politics; it has become our religion.
This must not be the case for Christians. It is good and Biblical to participate in government affairs and as U.S. citizens, we should keep the government accountable (see Acts 23-26 and Paul’s response to his government officials). But at no point can we make government or any government official our god. All government serves under the authority of Creator God and will be judged by Him as well. And when necessary, we are to obey God rather than man, even if it requires us to break the unbiblical laws handed down from the government (Romans 13).
What we as Christians must remember on Election Day – and everyday for that matter – can be found in Jeremiah 10:6-7:
There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you.
There is no one like our God. There is no politician, no candidate, no government official any where on this earth that is greater than our God. God forbid we elevate a mere man to the throne God rightfully sits on. It is our God who appoints the ruler.
1 Peter 2:13–15 states**, “**Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”
Paul adds in Romans 13:1, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Government is a good and necessary part of our civilization because it is the Sovereign God who established the authority of Government. And this is why I believe it’s important for the Christian to be involved in the public square. But let’s not forget; the government has its place and its place is under the authority of all might God.
Human government is under the authority of God.
No matter who is elected today, it is God who placed them there. He places both the local leader and the national leader in the intended role He desires for them to have. He has this authority because there is no one like our God.
Christian, don’t give in to the fear, stress, and anxiety with which Satan seeks to derail you; but instead, place your hope in the true and living God (1 Peter 5:7). It is God who has saved us from our sin through the finished work of Jesus. It is God who has redeemed us. It is God who has given us the promise of heaven as our hope on earth (John 14:1-6). No matter who wins today, remember Jeremiah 10:10 which says,
“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.”
With confidence, let’s pray for our country today. Let’s ask the Lord to guide our leaders as they govern us, and that they will do so for the good of mankind and for the glory of God. Let’s seek to be united together as fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, and let’s stay on mission to invite people into God’s family because we know and believe that there is no one like our God.