As we approach election day here in the USA on November 5, I thought I would pass along to you some really healthy and sound advice/political values from Kris Vallotton. Kris is a well-known author and pastoral staff member at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I think what he writes is worth considering and sharing. But first, let me share some of the best advice from God’s word found in I Timothy 2:1-10 from The Passion version.
1-3 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.
- I can deeply love people in whom I strongly disagree with. I refuse to demonize any politician who is made in the image of God.
- I have enemies and Jesus gave me power over them on the cross, but my battle is NOT against flesh and blood.
- When you call someone by an evil name…you have decided that you know their heart. But, the Apostle Paul said, “Who are you to judge the servant of another?”
- Associating with, or serving political people, should not be confused with embracing their ideologies. All political offices deserve to be honored according to Romans 13.
- I am commanded and called to pray for my leaders. If you don’t pray for them, then you don’t have a right to critique their success or failure.
- My first allegiance is not to a political party but to the kingdom of God.
- I cannot separate my spiritual views from my political views because the government of this world is being affected and infected by the invisible realm.
- Great government doesn’t take away the right of people to sin. That’s sharia law. It does however, protect people from sinning against others and teaching people to do so.
- It’s not the responsibility of government to Christianize the world. That’s the church’s job. Jesus rules the nations with a rod of iron, but He leads the church with a shepherd’s staff.
Let’s prayerfully walk this election out like our first allegiance is to the kingdom of God and not to a political party.