God’s Will and The Election

Posted: 10/29/2008 by that's Elbert in Christianity, election, opinions, Politics

Those professionals of vile attacks on anything right of center-right came out with hammers and sickles swinging after Monday’s article about Christine O’Donnell. Here’s a clip from the article:

“When you go into the voting booth,” the conservative Catholic says, “ask God which candidate will further the kingdom of God.”

I would say that a majority of believers would agree with Ms. O’Donnell regarding God’s will and the election. Our desire to see God’s will at work in the nation crosses party lines and political ideologies.

Do believers walk lockstep in support of one candidate? No, absolutely not. Well why not? Most of us wish we could get the clear picture on many areas, but sometimes figuring out God’s will is like nailing jello to the wall. You pray and do your best. In all things we pray for our country, our state, and our communities because we want God’s best for each one.

Charisma reports that Christians that happen to be black are divided. Some are happy to see a black person possibly attain the highest office, while others have problems with Obama’s policy or moral positions. So God’s will is perceived as one way by some and another way by others.

In the book of John chapter 19, it says:

“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”

This is generally interpreted as whomever is in power is there because he/she was granted that by God Himself. This believer knows who he’d like to see win in November but ultimately bows down to the ultimate will of the Almighty. I pray that whoever is elected we receive God’s blessings.

I’ll close with something Sarah Palin said recently while talking with James Dobson (via Hot Air):

…at the end of the day — putting this in God’s hands — that the right thing for America will be done, the end of the day on November 4th.

  1. Jack Stone says:

    Your post is thoughtful and effective. I think the most important thing in terms of a person’s relationship wtih God is that they are TRYING to honor God with their choices and decisions and declarations. God is not on the ballot. Whether one person or another will best represent values consistent with God’s desires and/or benefit the nation in an example of “loving our neighbor as ourselves” etc. is not always easy. BUT GOD KNOWS THIS. The most important thing is that one is TRYING to do the right thing. The Bible says we will be held accountable for every word we have spoken in life. Surely God will also hold us accountable for every vote we cast. Every vote is a declaration of what we value and what we believe and what we choose in this life. And if we pray for wisdom, we honor God by seeking His will. But for God, our SEARCH for God has great meaning. The fact that we care enough to SEARCH for God, though God makes Himself hard to find (in some respects), is very important. The fact that we persist and keep trying to learn about God demonstrates our commitment to God. It is more important that we are searching for God’s truths, and don’t give up, then whether we get everything right along the way…. if we are sincerely trying. (And God knows what is in our heart.)