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 

election season.

 

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 

5:22-23).

 

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