The view outside my window reminds me of how richly God has blessed our lives. The gentle morning sunlight paints a warm green over the texture of the surrounding trees, even as some leaves begin to put on their autumn colors. The scene speaks of life – life given to us by God. And in that life is hope – hope for the future, for renewal and regeneration, for healing and redemption.
My view causes me to breathe in deeply and savor that life and hope. My heart swells with joy and thankfulness. But I am also very aware of the “whiplash” syndrome that can yank the unsuspecting reveller from a mountaintop experience to a down and dirty attack of the enemy. We live in a real world with real problems.
This is the time of year when days get shorter and darker. Winds arise and bring us stormy weather. Here in California, we actually want it to rain. The parched earth needs the water. Still, compared to the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, we have so much to be thankful for. Yet in recent times we have been unsettled by another sort of storm – a political storm with moral implications. If we want our nation to be safe from this coming storm, Christians need to vote.
One blessing we have is our freedom-guarding form of government. Every Bible-believing Christian has the responsibility to share in the job of self-governing by voting. That’s how our government is supposed to work. In Romans 13 we find some guiding principles of good government. In addition to the part about submitting to those in authority, verse 8 says, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Our Constitution was written from the perspective of a Biblical world view. While our form of government is secular, it was designed with a God-fearing citizenry in mind. We should not only be praying for our leaders, as in 1 Timothy 2:2, but our leaders should be equally concerned for us because they come from us. They are part of us. There should be no ruling class in America.
John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Essentially, the founders of our nation had a Christian civilization in mind when they formed our government. We are a people who choose to freely worship God apart from government restraint. Thus the Constitution was designed for that purpose, even recognizing the freedom of those who choose not to worship at all.
We The People wanted to form a Christian nation of civil society, treating all citizens, with dignity, honor and respect, regardless of creed. But the approaching political storm threatens to devastate those values by a far greater destruction than any natural storm.
Today it is commonplace to see hooligans harass public figures at speaking engagements, in their homes, their offices, in public – even in restaurants with their family and friends. Rabble-rousers call for intimidation, confrontation, resistance and even violence. Politically motivated violence is on the rise. And now voices that once commanded respect are calling for the end of civility.
Seek the LORD diligently about this. Share your faith with those around you. Not only will new lives enter God’s kingdom, but our nation here on earth will be blessed by a growing Christian population. Christians also have a duty to vote. We do not let our light shine when we sit on the sidelines and let someone else make our civic decisions for us. Be free. Stay free. Vote.