Are you prepared to vote in next month's elections?

Jed Stuber  ·  Sep 24, 2018

The 2018 United States midterm elections will be held mostly on Tuesday, November 6. Are you informed and prepared to vote wisely?

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate, and 39 state and territorial governorships will be contested. Eighty-seven of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections for 6,070 seats, meaning that nearly 82 percent of all state legislative seats will be up for election. Plus, elections will be held in our counties, cities, and villages, such as for judges and law enforcement officers.

The U.S. Congress can have great influence for good or bad. State governments can provide resistance to federal overreach and abuse. There are thousands of elected officials who can use their offices to reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil—or they can do just the opposite (1 Peter 2:14). Every elected official can exert influence.

We need to actively seek and support those who we believe will uphold and protect Biblical truth, or at least not work against it. We have been commanded to take the light of Jesus Christ into all the world, and that includes government. Failure to do our duty allows darkness to prevail.

Who should we support?

Deciding how to vote can be daunting, but remember that James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

For federal elections, there are Christian voter guides available to help us. AFAaction.net, FRCaction.org, and ChristianVoterGuide.com, provide helpful resources.

In Illinois, where Samaritan Ministries is based, we are blessed to have member Dave Smith leading the Illinois Family Institute, which distributes voter guides for elections around the state.

You may be able to find a similar Christian policy institute in your state by using ChristianVoterGuide.com, which links to pro-family and pro-life state level organizations.

Above all

Cry out to God:

Restore us, O God of hosts; let Your face shine, that we may be saved (Psalm 80:7)!
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Pray for our leaders:

First of all, then, I urge that 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 (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24).

Remember God is in control

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1).
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).

Prepare yourself

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15) .

See also The Doorpost.