Note: This article was written by Dr. Tony Evans. To find out more about his ministry, you can go to http://www.tonyevans.org
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” – Romans 13:1-7
Many, if not most, Christians begin with the wrong question of who they should vote for rather than the more important question of how they should vote. Asking the correct question is fundamental to knowing how to arrive at the correct answer.
If you were to come to me with your personal life in shambles and you didn’t know which way to turn, and you said, “Pastor, help me,” I would open up my Bible, identify the cause of your personal dilemma, and speak God’s truth about your situation—giving you God’s resolution for whatever it is that you are facing.
If you were to come to me with your family life in shambles with both you and your spouse facing difficulties and you said, “Pastor, help me,” again I would open up my Bible, identify the cause of your familial dilemma, and present to you God’s solution for whatever it is that you are facing.
If the elders or leadership of this church would come to me because this church was in shambles, everyone was arguing, and this congregation was confused, and they said, “Pastor, help us,” I would open the very same Bible that I used to help the individual and the family, and I would identify the cause for the chaos based on the Word of God, seeking to prescribe biblical solutions for the calamity in your church.
In other words, Scripture would not only solve the individual and family divisions, but it would also solve the ecclesiastical confusion. This is because Scripture holds the final and authoritative answer on all of life’s concerns. In fact, every question facing us today has two answers: God’s answer and everyone else’s. And when those two differ, everyone else is wrong.
Yet where do we often go for answers as a nation when there is chaos in our country? Where do we turn for solutions when we are experiencing moral, social, and economic decline at a rate that is able to destroy our country before our youngest generation even has a chance to grow up? What do we do when divisions, debt, and our own internal protests across our land threaten what little stability we have left?
What most Christians do, unfortunately, is change books. When it comes to politics and elections, far too many Christians spend more time appealing to family, history and tradition, culture, racial expediency, and personal preference than they do to what the Bible teaches. While Scripture is good enough for individuals, families, and churches, it seems that somehow it has been deemed insufficient for how we respond to politics and government.
Yet the same book that can restore a person, home, or church is the very same book that can restore and transform our nation. We don’t need to change books. In fact, it is precisely because we have changed books that the chaos in our country has gotten worse than ever before.
One of the great tragedies in the church of Jesus Christ today is that we have lost our ability and authority to be an influence on those around us. We have lost this because we have divided and aligned ourselves with the politics of men. Believers have allowed political expedience to override the kingdom of God. God has not given His allegiance to any party. His allegiance belongs to Himself—His Word, principles, and truth. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you represent His kingdom as well in whatever political capacity you choose to position yourself.