Laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.
—Ephesians 4:25

As we approach an upcoming election, I give you three important thoughts about what we should do in relationship to the coming election.

Number one: participate in the process by voting. Evangelicals are a powerful force in our electorate today. Our politicians know that, which is why they are doing everything they can to cause us to try to compartmentalize our faith from our decision about whom we select as president. They know that if Christians ever get together and support a candidate, they could change the direction of this nation forever. Evil triumphs when Christians do nothing. We have a responsibility as believers to stand up, to push back, to influence the spiritual and moral direction of our country.

Number two: when you vote, vote on the basis of facts and not rumors. Before you post a story on social media or forward an e-mail about a particular candidate, make sure it’s true. As Christians we have the responsibility to speak truth. Paul said in Ephesians 4:25, “laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.” By the way, when we’re dealing with rumor and innuendo, if you want to know how a candidate stands on a particular issue don’t allow the media to answer that question for you. Find out for yourself. The Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council publish very good voters’ guides that list every candidate running for office and how they stand on a particular issue. Elections are too important to be decided by rumor or innuendo. We need to base our decisions on fact and not fiction.

Number three: when you vote, trust in the sovereignty of God in the election. Now, don’t use God’s sovereignty as an excuse for passivity in the election. Yes, God has ordained who is going to win this next election, but He has also ordained the means by which that is going to come to pass. And it is through His people. Nevertheless, I think we ought to be careful to maintain our witness in this election cycle, never showing panic or fear or hatred toward other people.

Why should Christians be involved in the political process? Elected officials determine the laws of our land, and the laws of our land to a large extent determine the moral direction of our country. Those who say that Christians should not become involved in politics need to ask some very serious questions. Do you believe that God cares whether millions of children continue to be murdered in the womb? Do you think God cares whether sexual immorality continues in this country? Do you think God cares whether or not His name is banned in the public square? Do you think God really cares whether righteous or unrighteous people are elected to public office? Your answers to those questions reveal both why and how a Christian should vote.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “How a Christian Should Vote ” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.