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How does God play a role in government and what are the expectations of His followers?
As we approach a pivotal election this season, we are confronted with unwavering political viewpoints that make us doubt our affirmation to the Pledge of Allegiance. Political persuasions are at its best. We are pressed to make an unequivocal decision to solidify the next leader of this great country.

In the Bible, Samuel was instructed by the Lord to appoint David and not Saul as King (1 Samuel 16). God premeditated concerning whom would be the king over Israel. David was the chosen one because he exuded required character traits that better ranked him against other candidates. The scripture says, but the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It is our responsibility to use good judgement of character as we elect our country’s next leader. Do not be misled by ungodly possessions that falsely represent God’s image.

Presently, with everything at stake among our nation, we cannot forget to pray over the election process and our government officials. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, it states, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Occasionally, flesh weakens when we strive to live in righteousness for we will be held accountable for our decisions. Referencing Matthew 22:17-21, it declares, “Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” As dutiful citizens, we are instructed to follow government rules and pay taxes. Following God’s commandments is the foundation for promoting His good works. God’s instructions are further outlined in Deuteronomy 16-19. “…And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be a holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.” Every act of serving must support his Kingdom.

Voting is our Christian duty. Historically, the right to vote was not exercised among people of color, women, and the working class. Slavery saturated the country whereby molding an “institution” that could not be easily broken or challenged. The denial of political power and the right to vote would be our greatest setback had it not been for decades of relentless prayer and social activism. Voting is a fundamental right that provides us an opportunity to change public policy.

While the outcome of voting affects the future of our livelihood, many communities have joined together to assist with voter registration and questions. Community service is prevalent throughout the Bible for God desires His believers to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 asserts, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Everyone plays a role in the community for the purpose of building a better place to live and work harmoniously while still honoring God’s name. To effect change, it takes an entire village. No one deserves to be left out.

Voter participation is paramount to helping us thrive as a community. As you make a decision, compare the candidate’s political platform and choose the issues that are parallel to your morals and beliefs. Fulfilling God’s mission and dwelling in His word overturns politics. Remember, your vote and God’s vote counts too!

Written by: The Potter's House

October 9, 2016