Submitting to Authority/Thoughts on Voting


This week on my blog, I have been challenging you to see if you have a Biblical world view or a secular world view. I felt it was appropriate to end this week looking at Romans, chapter 13, verses 1-2 and 5-6: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
“Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.”


God has called us to submit to the authority that He has put over us. Whether you agree or disagree, whether you voted for the person or not, we are commanded by God to submit. If we are going to have a Biblical worldview, then we must embrace God’s sovereignty in government positions. We must know that He has a plan and purpose and that He is working out His agenda.


As for you, do your part. Vote your conscience based on God’s word and trust Him with the outcome even if it’s not the outcome that you desired.


British statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke said, “The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”


“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground.” Charles Finney, American Evangelist (1792 – 1875)


“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made , not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
Noah Webster (1758 – 1843)


And finally, Dr. Billy Graham said, “If America is to survive, we must elect more God centered men and women to public office; individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of state.”


Powerful words from great men…

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