“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
There is a real sense of sadness tonight. It’s a good thing my “hope is built on nothing less” because I can rejoice that I am only a sojourner in this world. It however does not mitigate the fact that I am grieving what could be great loss, of the good graces we have had in America. I must not let the current events decrease my resolve to seek America’s greatest good. And that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
America, for all its faults, still remains a wonderful thing. However, there is a foreboding sense of calamity in where I see our nation heading. There will be far-reaching repercussions in the destructive decisions being forced into laws. The serious future implications for churches, Christian organizations and Christians themselves seam bleak, yet we are still privileged with a freedom to vote. The following is the last part of an article from Desiring God from way back in 2004. I pray that my friends will prayerfully and without hopelessness, participate in one of our remaining freedoms ~ our vote.
Tonight I will weep a little, but I will not be overcome! In November I will vote.
Why Vote If You Are Disillusioned?
“Now, if you are dissatisfied today the way things are, why vote? The answer is that if you don’t, you are guilty of the very oversimplification you condemn. There is no escape from responsibility by pointing out the imperfections of leaders. That is the only kind of leaders there will ever be. Our calling in this world is not to wait for the arrival of the perfect, but to pick our way through the thicket of flaws. We would be arrogant to put ourselves above this fray and say, “A curse on both your houses.”
The Lord Jesus does not give us this luxury of disengagement. He says, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Caesar—even pagan Caesar—has his claim on our lives. Why? Because God Almighty, whom we serve above all men, made human governments his way of running the world. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1). In a democratic republic like ours that means at least: VOTE.
God has commanded us (as aliens and exiles on the earth): “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). We are citizens of two kingdoms: the kingdom of God, our ultimate allegiance, and the kingdom of this world. The ambiguities are many. The complexities are great. The possibility of political miscalculation is real. But Christ came into the world to save sinners. Therefore we do not panic at the possibility of error. It is worse to run than to risk. Only a fool replaces the complexity of voting with the simplicity of gloating.” John Piper