I dashed out the door. My truck rolled out of my driveway at 6am. The coffee in my travel mug splashed onto the sides of the cup holder. I mentally noted to deal with that later. To make the hour and a half drive to Jury Room 103 I needed to leave that minute.
If you are a registered voter in the U.S., you are subject to being selected to be on a jury. That is one example of the duties as a citizen of your country.
Another example is paying your taxes which Jesus clearly answers in Matthew 22:21. Enduring Word Commentary states “Jesus affirmed that the government makes legitimate requests of us. We are responsible for God in all things, but we must be obedient to government in matters civil and national.”
What about voting? I always understood voting to be a duty, but it is more clearly defined as a right. There is no law requiring a U.S. citizen to vote. It is the opportunity and responsibility to have a say in the leadership you desire.
How should Christians handle this right or responsibility? The Bible does not give exact direction on voting, but it does call us to submit to authority. (Romans 13:1-6) And as a U.S. citizen we have the right to choose the authority we desire to submit to. We know “the authorities that exist have been established by God,” so we should actively take part in God’s establishment.
As children of God and citizens of an earthly country, we have dual citizenship. When our earthly citizenship expires, we will be in the kingdom of heaven. The eternal kingdom is not a democracy, but we will not have to fear for our King is perfect, righteous, just, fair, good, and holy.
But for now as Christians, we need to vote for the values we want demonstrated in our leadership, because we care about the people directly affected by leadership. That doesn’t mean leaders get it right every time. David was after God’s own heart and he fell into lust and murder, but God redeemed him. God works through the leadership, because He establishes leadership.
I have already voted for this 2020 election. I believe the Christian’s choice is abundantly clear. I think the policies that align closest to Christian beliefs are obvious. I don’t think the person I voted for is perfect, but Trump is preserving the foundational beliefs and freedoms of this country and I pray he will continue to have the opportunity to do so. I personally believe your theology speaks into your choice of policy.
It’s been said before, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. I think Jesus calls us to a step further. Along with voting, let us seek gratitude. Let us seek eternal “perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3) rather than just earthly political peace. Let us seek “peace that transcends all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)
Thank you // God bless