Are you prepared to vote wisely in this year's elections?

By Samaritan staff  ·  Sep 21, 2020

Note: Samaritan Ministries does not endorse parties or candidates. We recognize that members may disagree on political matters, but we believe we can remain united in Christ and the ministry of bearing one another’s health care burdens as we seek to be salt and light in this world.

The 2020 United States elections will be held mostly on Tuesday, November 3. Are you informed and prepared to vote wisely?

If you need to register to vote or check to see if you are registered, visit the nonpartisan website vote.org. You can also locate your polling place, learn how to vote by mail, and volunteer to become a poll worker at vote.org.

In addition to the election of the president, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate, and 13 state and territorial governorships will be contested. We need to support those who will uphold and protect Biblical truth. We have been commanded to take the light of Jesus Christ into all the world, and that includes government.

The U.S. Congress can have great influence for good or bad. State governments could provide resistance to federal overreach and abuse. There are thousands of local 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). At all levels of government, every elected official can exert influence.

We need to support those who will uphold and protect Biblical truth. 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.

How to decide to vote?

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 policy institute in your state by using ChristianVoterGuide.com, which links to pro-family and pro-life state level organizations.

Remember these Biblical principles

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).

Trust that 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).

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