I chose the famous quote by Charles Spurgeon for the title of this blog post for one reason; because this is where we are at as Biblical followers of Christ. When Spurgeon was not referring to politics when he stated this; as with many of Sprugeon's quotes there are multiple applicable meanings. If you have not read or heard the news by now, Donald Trump is the last man standing in the Republican nomination process. Last night May 3rd, 2016 Ted Cruz broke the news that he was suspending his campaign for the nomination. For many, including myself this leaves a significant dilemma when it comes to the ballot box. I will be talking in greater detail on the subject of this blog on my next podcast of The Crossroads Radio Show .
The quandary I am talking about comes to the surface as we are faced with two possible candidates in this election that may very be the pinnacle of the humans state of depravity. So now the question arises, who does a Biblical Christian vote for at the ballot box? (Please read; “Why Christians Cannot Vote For Trump” for more details.)
First of all, let’s understand something. Politics, the right leader, and even the poor choices we are faced with in this election are still under God’s sovereign control. We must understand that the candidates we are faced with for this election are the outcome of this nation's choices and may very well be a judgment handed down by God for those poor decisions. While it is important that we participate in our government (Romans 13) and understand the philosophies of today and engage in them just as Paul did on Mars Hill in Greece in his time. We must ultimately remember that if we want a nation led by godly leaders, believers must foremost put God above all in everything we do. Including praying for those leaders that we have now or about to elected. We must be praying first for their salvation; that those leaders who do not know Jesus in a salvific way come to a saving faith in Him. Secondly, we must pray that those leaders make decisions that honor God and not man. Proverbs 29:2 is very clear to state that when the righteous increase the people rejoice but when the wicked rule the people groan. Again this is why prayer for our leaders is so important, especially now.
So as Biblical followers of Christ we know we are commanded to pray for our leaders as stated in 1 Timothy 2:2. What else can we do when we are faced with two choices that seemingly are both evil? As soldiers of the King’s army, while we pray for the leaders of this nation we also need to be praying that God grants this country the ability to repent. It is only through repentance or the turning away from our sins and turning to Jesus that this nation if it’s God’s will, will be healed.
When it comes to the ballot box this fall and choosing your candidate, we must remember what Charles Spurgeon said, “when faced with two evils choose neither.” This is not to say that one should not vote this fall. Instead one should vote for a candidate that will up and be the most honoring to God. This is not an endorsement for either Hillary or Trump. Rather this is an endorsement to find a candidate that one can vote for that fits the closest morally and ethicality a Biblical Christian Worldview.
While too many Christians all may seem lost in this election. We must remember that God in his sovereign will is allowing this to happen to further the coming of His Kingdom. For Bible believing Christians, not just those claiming the name of “evangelicals”, but those who are called out to follow Him we must understand that this time is our greatest opportunity to reach the world with the saving message of the Gospel. Elections will come elections will go, God, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We must find our security in our everlasting relationship a forever saving Christ. Use this moment to preach what will make a difference — The Gospel.
Richard is the founder of Cross†Roads Radio and host of the Cross†Roads Radio Show. Which can be heard here.