Christians should go to the polls tomorrow with two perspectives.
Heart the Polls – “You are the salt of the earth. . . You are the light of the world. . .” (Matthew 5:13, 14)
On the one hand, we should go to the polls with our hearts heavy for our nation. We should express the gratitude we have for our country by doing something we have the freedom to do: vote. We should express our convictions through button pushing in a ballot box. We should express our beliefs that God’s ways are supreme and most loving for mankind by casting a vote according to His standards. We should aim to be salt and light in this dark world, understanding that not voting as a Christian is giving more room for darkness to reign. We should love our country as Christians by taking our Christian heart to the polls.
Poll Your Heart – “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
On the other hand, we need to remember that it’s not a politician’s job to make disciples of all nations. It’s ours. Paul didn’t tell Timothy to pray for the king so that through his rule everyone would believe the Gospel. Paul told Timothy to pray for the king so that Timothy and his church could be about bringing the Gospel to bear on everyone. In other words, the king and those in authority were not to be the “hope of the world.” No. Jesus is the hope of the world and Christians – all Christians – are to make that reality known. We should poll our hearts when we go to the polls. Are we voting with the mindset that Jesus is the hope of the world, or are we voting in hopes that a new guy in office will make everything grand? Are we going to the polls hoping that our vote will take the evangelism responsibility off of our backs, or in prayer that those over us will provide us an atmosphere for us to continue to share?
Go to the polls with your heart tomorrow. But don’t forget to poll your heart. Jesus – only Jesus – is the hope of the world.