November. It is the month to grab a cup of hot apple cider and watch the last golden leaves break off the trees and float to the ground. The geese will be flying south for the winter in their long V formations, and the bright snowflakes will soon be falling, coating the ground in a clean, cold blanket of snow. It is in every sense a beautiful, serene atmosphere that we will watch cozily from our frosted windows in front of our warm fires. It’s too bad that all of November can’t be like that.
This November 4th, we will be watching something radically different than the usual autumn scenes: the election for the next president of the United States of America. Unlike the birds and the leaves and the snow, which make one want to snuggle up in a blanket and watch the world outside, presidential elections make one want to hide under the blanket.
Choosing the right candidate to vote for can be difficult. There are so many different issues and sides to weigh. Politicians seem to make it harder, never giving straight answers or avoid questions altogether. Sometimes I wish I had my own TV, so I wouldn’t have to worry about breaking it when I throw the remote at the politicians on the screen.
Anyway, how are we to choose? For Christians, that shouldn’t be hard to answer. The Bible is the highest authority. Now if only it would just say outright: “Vote for so-and-so, he is the one God chooses.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t, but it does give us the criteria for choosing a good leader. This means we must scrutinize and compare, and scrutinize and compare again, until we come to a God honoring decision. Some verses to consider when choosing are these. There a plenty more from where these came from:
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
1 Timothy 3:1-7:
This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Yes, that last one is really a set of qualifications for a leader in the church, but when you think about it, presidents aren’t much different. They are leaders, just over a lot more people. They need to be people we can look up to and model ourselves after. They need to be trustworthy to uphold our freedoms, our liberties, and most of all, our God.
So by now several of you are looking at the title, wondering what in the world does a box have to do with all of this political stuff. And there is no place that God cannot see into, so what does it all mean? Is Victoria giving random titles to her things now? Well, that certainly would be an interesting thing to do, but no. The truth is, while sitting on my bed writing this, with pen in hand, my mind kind of wandered over from what I had originally planned to write about, to what I have written. But it all fits together, so be patient and keep reading.
Christians all over the U.S will be in that box soon (I suppose it is actually a booth). And unfortunately, they often drop all principals that they usually have the second the curtain is closed behind them. “Ya, I know the guy* is pro-abortion, and that the bill he voted for the other month supported gay marriage, but he is better then the other guy.” Truthfully, they are supporting the things that that candidate supports by filling in that little oval. We will have to be responsible to God for who we vote for. Do you think you could stand in front of Him and say, “Yes, I voted for some candidate who supported killing innocent children, who were all part of your creation”? I don’t think so.
But what are we to do, not vote? No, I didn’t say that. You know there are more then two candidates…
Sirens start to blare, strobe lights flash, and people look at me in horror. “But that would be throwing away your vote, and giving it to the other guy; besides Third Party could never win!”
STOP! Please! Day in and day out that is all I have heard for weeks and months and I am tired of it! I believe in the God who parted the Red Sea, and who raised people from the dead! I think that he could put a third party candidate in office if He chooses to. God Chooses Our Rulers!
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Why can’t we vote for whom most closely meets the Lords criteria and leave it in His hands? After all, He created the universe, and he created the candidates, and he even created that voting booth you think he can’t see you in!
So, to finish off this post, I implore you, as fellow Christians, not to vote for anyone who doesn’t meet God’s standards. And I also beseech you to pray hard and ferverent prayers that He will bless us with a God honoring president, who will support our liberties and freedoms.
Your Sister in Christ,
*I am not suggesting anyone here, just giving an example