Over the past several years, I’ve pondered how Christians should be involved as citizens of a democratic republic. Early Christians had no say in public policy of the Roman Empire. So, the Bible says little about government involvement.
In several nations today, however, Christians have a voice in their government. God has given us many gifts, one of which is having democratic freedom and the ability to vote.
Not everyone is called to become involved in the political process, but as citizens, we ought to engage in the election process. Instead of burying that gift in a hole, we are excepted to be good stewards of our vote (See Matthew 25:14-30). Research the candidates and issues and select those that best align with a biblical worldview.
More on Engaging with Government
The Stream, a conservative Christian news and commentary site, has published Foundations: Why Christians Should Be Involved in Government, which lists reasons why American Christ-followers should be involved in our political process.
The Family Research Council offers a 20-page PDF from their Biblical Worldview Series Biblical Principles for Political Engagement: Worldview, Issues, and Voting. (available in Spanish)
Christians are called to honor God in every area of their lives. Therefore, we should seek to submit everything to the Lord, including our political engagement. Engaging in politics is not only unavoidable, it is also an opportunity to obey God and show love to our neighbors. American Christians, with our right to vote, have a unique opportunity and duty to affect the political process. To that end, the goal of this publication is to help Christians filter all issues, candidates, and party platforms through a biblical worldview and encourage God-honoring, faithful political engagement.—David Closson
Follow through on your God-given ability to vote on November 3, 2020.