Voting for the Glory of God

by Nov 2, 2010

I’m in Southeast Asia this week, and I forgot to submit my absentee ballot before I left. It’s up to you to make up for my failure (and if you don’t know where you’re supposed to vote, Google will tell you).

But before you go, Juan Sanchez offers these four suggestions:


Confess your sins to God. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you bad-mouthed a candidate or public official. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23), but God is just and will forgive us our sins if we confess them (1 John 1:9).

Pray for our government. The Bible reminds us that we are to pray for those who are in authority over us, whether we voted for them or not, so that we would experience peace, the purpose of which is that the gospel may flourish freely (1 Timothy 2:1-8).

Pray for wisdom. Ask God to help you make wise decisions in the voting booth on November 2.

Become Informed and Vote

Don’t be ignorant about the candidates, and don’t believe everything you hear. Do a little research so that you will be informed when you vote. Then vote according to your convictions.

Submit to Governing Authorities and Pray for Them

Once you find out who your newly elected officials are, begin praying for them, no matter who they happen to be, for whomever they are, God will have placed them in authority over you in order to accomplish his ends (Romans 13:1).

Pray for the Lord’s Return

Regardless of who wins these elections, Jesus is coming back, and he will establish his kingdom! It will be a kingdom of justice and peace; the government will be on his shoulders, and he will rule forever and ever! Pray that our Lord Jesus would return quickly!