God’s Voting Guide
It is that time when Americans are given the opportunity (and responsibility) to vote for those who hold public offices. This privilege is given to us by God for it is He who raised this form of government in our country through our Founding Fathers. Many of them had a reverent fear of the Lord. George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
The Lord had called forth a great leader, Moses, to deliver His people from the hand of Pharaoh who had held God’s people in bondage. After their deliverance and while Moses was judging the disputes of the people Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, gave Moses some very good advice that Americans would do well to heed. “Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” (Exodus 18:21) Matthew Henry in his exposition on Exodus 18:21 wrote, “[Jethro] advised such a model of government… such as [believes] there is a God above them, whose eye is upon them, to whom they are accountable….”
At this critical time America needs men and women who will rule this nation in the fear of God. We need statesmen, not politicians, who are men and women of prayer and who passionately seek God’s wisdom through the written Word of God. Most of our Founding Fathers had great knowledge of God’s Word and they knew what was to be done. One of them was Noah Webster. He wrote the following: “When you become entitled to exercise the right to voting for public offices let it impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose as rulers men who rule in the fear of God… The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect this duty and place unprincipled men in office the government will soon be corrupted…”
God’s voting guide directs you to vote for persons who have the Godly character of Hezekiah who “…trusted in the Lord…. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.” (2 Kings 18:5) The Lord God desires that we elect persons that will stand firmly on what is right and true according to God’s Word…men and women who publicly confess Him and long to make decisions according to His will. Vote to please Him!
The God who created the universe and raised up America has from the time of the prophet Samuel given the people of God the privilege to choose their leaders. (1 Samuel 8) The Bible also warns and records the bad things that came upon the people because a unrighteous leader came to governmental power. The Word of God also teaches the blessing that came upon the people because a man who fears the Lord came into a place of leadership. (1 and 2 Kings) The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, …From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all of mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live upon the earth.” (Psalm 33:12-14)
God has always raised up possible rulers: Those who serve themselves, taking from the people of God (1 Samuel 8) or rulers who rule in the true fear of the Lord. Which one will you vote for?