The United States has just had an election. The right to vote gives all citizens a voice in deciding how the country will be run. Christians, like other citizens, should exercise this right, but we have another way we can influence the government and that is to pray for our leaders. Jeremiah sent a letter to the Jews who had been taken into captivity in Babylon urging them to do this.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)
The apostle Paul gave the same command to Christians.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1,2)
In both cases the reason is the same. We will be better off if we live under a stable government that cares about the welfare of its citizens. Read the rest of this entry
We are often faced with situations where we must choose between good and evil. In such situations it is easy for us to know what choice we must make even though it is often hard to actually make that choice. But there are times when we must choose between two alternatives which are both evil. We often encounter this kind of choice in elections. We must choose between two candidates, both of whom are evil. The usual solution is to choose the lesser of the two evils.
Citizens of the United States are facing such a choice in our current presidential election. From a Christian point of view neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump would be a good President. Some Christians reject the idea of voting for the lesser of the two evils because even the lesser evil is still evil. That means we should not vote for either Clinton or Trump. At one time a accepted this view and even made a post supporting it. I had made up my mind not to vote for either Clinton or Trump, but to vote for a third party candidate or write in the name of a candidate. I have changed my mind because I realized that even God sometimes brings an evil ruler to power to supplant someone who is even more evil. What right do I have to maintain a higher standard than the one God himself follows? Read the rest of this entry