August 1, 2016

Influencing Elections

“Should Christians even try to influence elections at all? Yes, definitely. The apostle Peter says Christians are ‘exiles’ on this earth (1 Peter 1:1). Therefore, I take seriously the prophet Jeremiah’s exhortation to the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon: ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare’ (Jeremiah 29:7). By way of modern application, I think Christians today have a similar obligation to vote in such a way that will ‘seek the welfare’ of the United States. Therefore, the one overriding question to ask is this: Which vote is most likely to bring the best results for the nation?”1 (Wayne Grudem)

“It is God who alters the times and seasons, and he removes kings and promotes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Daniel 2:21; ISV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Of all the people who will be voting in November, the most important votes will come from those who truly know God and who seek His Word and His face for direction. Pray and ask God to grant you His wisdom, knowledge and discernment to place the right individuals in office, especially in the offices of the President and Vice President.
  • Are you registered to vote yet? Your time is running short. You can learn how to register here.
  • Educate yourself on the issues and candidates. You can pledge to vote and find a Christian Voter’s Guide here.
  • Seek the Lord for the welfare of your city and for the nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I come to You and humbly ask for Your wisdom, Your knowledge and Your discernment as I prepare to vote this November. I do not take this duty lightly. I know You have made Your choice already. You have prepared a candidate that You know You can use for the welfare of this nation. You care about life. You care about the poor. You care about justice and injustice. You care about the economy and the poor and strong businesses. You care about the immigrants and about the safety of the citizens of the U. S. You want people to be free to hear about You and to worship You without any hindrance. You have a plan for the future of America. May I not be neglectful in educating myself on these matters and in voting in November as directed by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will seek the Lord and I will learn about the candidates and issues. I will register to vote, pledge to vote and I will vote on behalf of the welfare of my nation.

1 Wayne Grudem, “Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Good Morally Good Choice”, Townhall Media. TownHall.com, 7/28/16.

GiveHim15 is a movement of Dutch Sheets Ministries, a 501(c)(3) religious organization that is nonpartisan and we are not promoting any candidate in this post. We agree with the principles of voting that Wayne Grudem write about.

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