On November 8, 2016, millions of Americans will go to the polls and elect either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States.
While they will be casting a vote for Trump or Clinton, what they will really be voting for is a set of values and beliefs.
And the winner will be the one who most closely reflects America’s values. And where America’s values are, so goes the state of the nation.
So in all honesty, we as Christians should never be surprised at the outcome of any election. We need to understand that God is just giving us the leaders that we as a nation ask for. And if you think the last eight years were bad, wait until the next eight and the eight after that.
What we can do though is pray for our leaders, whether or not we agree that right person won the election.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior—1 Timothy 2:1-3
I wonder how many of us spend more time praying for our leaders in Washington and our state capitals than we do criticizing them?
God has appointed all authority, whether that be good leadership that aligns with the authority of God or bad leadership to rebuke or judge us as a nation for drifting away from the Word of God.
As Christians, it is important that we vote, and that we vote biblically. It’s also important to hold our leaders accountable for their decisions by being involved and being vocal about Christian values. However, our primary duty is to pray for our nation and pray for leaders in government.