It’s an election year. If you weren’t sure about that, then you probably haven’t been
paying attention to your Facebook newsfeed. Politics can elicit so much emotion; it can
be so personal for so many. As a follower of Jesus, how do we navigate this season? Is
there a proper way to handle yourself and stay true to your beliefs? Does God care
about who you vote for? Here are 3 ways to handle yourself in a Godly manner this
1. Do Your Research
God lets us make decisions. That is a big deal. Because you are an American, you can
help decide which leader will yield the greatest influence in the shaping of our country.
That is a big deal. Don’t just vote for a political party because it’s the one your parents
vote for. Likewise, don't embrace your inner rebel and vote against your parents just to
cancel out your dad's vote. Do your research: See where candidates really stand on
issues that matter to you and you think matter to God. To not do so, is to be unfaithful
with a truly amazing opportunity God has given you.
2. Destroy Your Idols
We may not worship a golden calf in America, but we certainly have idols. Anything in
your life that comes before Jesus is an idol. Anything in your life in which you have
greater faith than Jesus is an idol. If you love America more than you love Jesus, that is
an idol. If you put more faith in a political candidate than you do in Jesus, that is an idol.
The issue is that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz are all
just people. They aren’t deserving of your worship. They cannot fix this world. Could
they make it better? Maybe. But regardless of who is elected, there is still going to be
some good and some evil in the world.
The greatest need in this world is not for us to elect the “best” politician, but for the
world to come to know the surpassing greatness of Jesus. So while it is honoring to God
to take your voting responsibility seriously, let’s keep things in perspective. No matter
who gets elected in November, we still live in a Kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb
12:28), and God is still God.
3. Don’t Ruin Your Witness
Sadly, the political climate today is “I am right, and if you disagree with me you are
stupid.” People fire off a (usually poorly researched) blog post on Facebook about how if
you vote for <Insert Candidate Name>, you are the scum of the earth. The problem is
that type of behavior does not model to the world the life and character of Jesus. The
truth is, there is never an excuse to violate the fruit of the spirit. As a follower of Christ
you are fully allowed to be passionate about things like politics, college football, the plot
line of your favorite tv show. However, your passion must submit to a life of love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal
At the end of the day, I care more about fulfilling the great commission than “making
America great again.”
As believers we are to be an example to the world of a great hope, a great redemption
offered by Jesus. The influence you could have with your friends, family and neighbors
could be easily lost if you ostracize them for holding different political views than them.
It’s obvious when you think about it, but you can’t show someone Jesus and be a jerk to
them at the same time.
- Daniel Simmons