What can I do about the upcoming election?

Mike Miller  ·  Sep 01, 2016

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

Many Christian voters say they are not happy with our options for the November elections and are uncertain what to do. It is important that we do not let our dissatisfaction with one race cause us to ignore other races. What can one person do? One person can do a lot if they are in a position of authority.

There are thousands of important races going on, from the White House, to the U.S. Senate, to Congressional districts, to our state governments, to our counties, cities, and villages, and all the other local governments. There are elections for judges and law enforcement officers.

The U.S. Congress will have great influence for good or bad, no matter who is President. State governments can provide resistance to federal overreach and abuse. There are millions 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 this virtually guarantees that darkness will prevail.

Who should we support? 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 SMI member David Smith leading the Illinois Family Institute, which distributes voter guides for elections around the state.

Illinois Family Institute is part of the State Policy Network, and you can visit their website at SPN.org/directory to find similar organizations in your state.

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.”

What else can we do?

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. (II 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)

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)