This is intended for us who call ourselves Christians, put our faith in Jesus for salvation, and believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. As Americans, it is our privilege and right to vote. As Christians, it is our duty to vote and to vote in a way that honors our righteous Lord, Jesus Christ.
We cannot honor God in our voting without discernment. Mirriam-Webster defines wisdom as, “The ability to discern, good sense.” Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Godly wisdom gives us discernment and good sense of knowing how to honor God in our vote.
How are we to be sure Godly wisdom is the basis of our beliefs and political decisions? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God….” Do we fear God in the Biblical sense, spend time with Him, and seek His wisdom to vote in ways that honor Him and advance His kingdom, or have we allowed ourselves to become indifferent, ignorant, or blinded?
Ask Him to give us the wisdom to discern what policies, actions, and convictions reveal Biblical truth and honor Him.
Protect the lives of all, without exception
Freedom of expression
Peace that God controls creation
God created man and woman
Power entrusted to individuals and family
Acknowledgment of God’s authority
Celebrates murdering babies
Corporate, nonprofit, and government censorship
Worship creation and fear its loss
Individuals determine gender
Government allocates resources
Indifferent to or dismissal of God
God is increasingly clarifying the distinction between His kingdom vs. the kingdom of darkness in this world. Colossians 1:19-20 teaches that Jesus came to give us peace with God. We mistakenly believe we are to be at peace with the world.
Matthew 10:34 says, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” In addition, 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “… For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” Darkness and light cannot coexist. While loving others, we are to be clearly distinguishable from the world, bringing salt, light, and Biblical truth. Without these, there is no love.
God created this world and authored the rules. We see chaos, violence, and confusion because we who call ourselves believers in Jesus lost our commitment to honor Jesus as Lord and to know and share Biblical truth. Galatians 6: 7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
If we love others as we say we do, we will acknowledge our own sin-caused blindness, renew our commitment to Jesus as Lord, and seek Biblical wisdom. We will then see His clear distinction between light and darkness in the policies, platforms, and actions of the candidates on our ballots.
It is our duty to our righteous Lord and to those we love, to vote with Godly wisdom.
Kelly Karns is a former Marine, a businessman, a banking instructor, a writer, and a Jesus follower. Kelly and Mary’s daughter, Anne, is married to our son Kade. Kelly writes encouraging letters to family members before elections. With permission, I publish Kelly Karn’s 2022 election letter. It’s worth reading and sharing before we vote.