Seeing as its polling day, and seeing as we’ve been spending some time as a church reflecting on the whole area of God and government I thought it might be useful to recap on a few foundation stones of Christian engagement with politics.
- All government is put in place by God – whoever wins today is no accident (Rom 13:1)
- Therefore submit, obey, honour them – even when you didn’t vote for them and don’t particularly want to like them (Rom 13:6-7)
- Pray for those in government – before you go, as you vote, in the aftermath. Pray that they may provide environments of peace so that the good news may continue to spread (1 Tim 2:1-4)
- Continue to do good – it blesses others and commends the gospel, even to those in authority (1 Pet 2:12-17)
- Remember point number 1 again, and add all government is answerable to God. They’ll be answerable to us in another 5 years, but much much more importantly they’ll be answerable to God (Psalm 2).
So do vote, do honour, do good, do pray, and don’t fret. Be a good citizen of earth and heaven.
Lord, let your kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.