When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise (2 Sam. 23:3, 4). The living should know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. (2 Tim. 2:1,2)
The 2012 election is apt to be a very close race, much like the 2000 squeaker between George Bush and Al Gore which had to be decided by the Supreme Court. I believe that the number of professing Christians who actually go to the polls, and more importantly—how they vote—will likely determine who wins this the most crucial election in 100 years.
As Christians we have the solemn privilege and duty to vote our enlightened conscience with faith towards God and prayerful discernment. This very exhortation was made by John G. Talcott, Jr. in 1974 in the first election-year newsletter published by Intercessors for America. Here is a condensed version of what he wrote under the heading: Choosing Candidates. “What should one look for in political candidates seeking office? A few words of caution:
1. Don’t choose someone by party affiliation alone, for all parties have both good and corrupt individuals within their ranks.
2. Don’t pick a candidate simply by what he says or promises, for this is often meaningless once he gets into office.
3. Don’t be swayed because the candidate is the smartest person or has the most experience in politics.
4. Don’t be deceived just because a candidate says he is a Christian. Most will profess to be a Christian since they live in a so-called Christian nation. Of course, the best candidate is the committed, qualified, God-fearing believer who is seeking public office not to further his own interests, but to please God and to serve his constituency justly and honestly. In many cases the electorate may not have such a good choice.
What do we do then? First, we have to learn more about the choices and their qualifications. Do they have sterling character? Are they honest? Are they humble? Would they be willing to stand up for what is right even if they might lose? If neither candidate seems fit for public office, you should ask yourself: Which person would the devil want to be elected? Having prayerfully pondered that question, vote for the lesser of two evils! This is timely counsel as we approach the 2012 election.
- Pastor Virgil Amundson