Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
In Matthew 6, Jesus instructed His disciples how to pray. You may have heard this prayer- and particularly verse 10- many times, but I want you to pay attention closely to the meaning and heart of praying God’s will on earth. The Message Translation says “Set the world right; Do what’s best—as above, so below.”
By God’s grace, I have done my best to “set the world right” in my 43 years of following Jesus Christ. Jesus empowered us to be culture-reformers and revivalists. He did not tell us to practice a faith that is self-contained, as he said “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). As the salt of the earth, we are to season society with the values of the kingdom. We are to declare “His kingdom come” in all that we do, regardless of our career or sphere of influence.
The role of the Church
On Tuesday, November 8th, we have the privilege and freedom of voting for the next President of the United States. As believers in Christ, we have the responsibility to sincerely seek God on this decision. The next leader of this nation will affect our country for generations to come. Legislation that is put into place, Supreme Court justices that are appointed, and the moral and ethical effect on the framework of our country will affect our children, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
These are both words of wisdom and a warning to the Body of Christ from Martin Luther King Jr. We are to influence and not be influenced. Thank God for the freedom we have as American citizens to have a voice and a say in our government. As those who know and follow the voice of God, we are called to be the “guide and the critic” of the state. I want to encourage you to both honor your freedom as a citizen of the U.S. and your identity as a reformer and revivalist and vote for President on Tuesday.
Voting from a Biblical perspective
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
When we know God, we continually renew our minds with His Truth so that we can act, think and believe according to His ways. When making the decision to vote, I want to encourage you to renew your mind with the Truth that we find in Scripture, which reveals the character of God and His good and perfect will. Here are three Biblical principles that I am standing on in making my choice for President:
1. ALL LIFE MATTERS
You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
The sixth commandment shows that God values all life—there is no rank or hierarchy of humanity in the Kingdom of God. We may take this for granted, but in fact many cultures and religions do not place the same unequivocal importance on every human, believing instead that some lives are more important than others, or even that some lives are not worth preserving. But Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for every person, showing us that every single life matters.
I have made a vow that I cannot vote for anyone who is pro-abortion. Life begins in the womb at the point of conception, and God knows us and even makes plans for us before that point. Jeremiah 1:5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”. This shows that even in the womb, babies are known and cared for by Father God.
This election is extremely crucial in determining our nation’s future and the security of the very foundation it stands upon, a foundation built on the belief that every man, woman and child has a right to life. Will we as a nation abide by the commandment “You shall not murder”? The next President will have the opportunity to elect several Supreme Court judges who will make key decisions regarding this nation’s legislation of abortion for years to come, beyond the one or two terms that the President will serve. Just as MLK Jr. stated above, we as the Body of Christ must act as the “conscience of the state”. We are to set the compass right again, towards the Biblical value of life.
2. THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
I believe that healthy families are foundational to a healthy society. A healthy family, founded on the Biblical principles of covenant marriage, is the best place to raise children and see the next generation of leaders and culture-reformers emerge.
The Biblical definition of marriage is clear: marriage is between one man and one woman. This is not about condemning anyone. Jesus Christ died so that we all might be saved. Romans 3:10 says “not one is righteous—not even one”. Not one person on the planet is totally innocent of sin. We were all sinners when we were born again through Jesus Christ. We love all people, but we cannot ignore what Scripture says.
We must be grounded in the grace of Jesus Christ and the Truth set forth by the Word of God in considering moral and ethical laws put into place. I cannot support the legislation of immorality. This does not only apply to the legalization of same-sex marriage, but to the legalization of drugs or any other type of support to an immoral lifestyle. Historically speaking, the legislation of immorality is the starting point for the downfall of many nations, and I want to see our country flourish as a nation with great influence and power.
3. PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE
The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers.. (Deuteronomy 30:9)
God wants to prosper the work of our hands. If you are working diligently, then you will see the material results of your efforts! Not only that, I want you to prosper. I want to see you released from your debt, growing different sources of revenue and enjoying the fruit of your labor.
America is the most over-taxed nation in the world. We are taxed heavily in consumer goods, in our incomes, property ownership and more. I am deeply concerned about the state of the economy and the struggles of many Americans to “make ends meet”. A reduction in taxes for everyone would encourage business owners and give relief to those who are struggling financially. It would encourage business growth, which I believe would ultimately help the economy and help us to prosper.
Pray for the President
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
I want to encourage you that no matter who wins the election, it is our responsibility as believers in Christ to pray for the President of the United States. My wife and I pray daily for President Obama and for his family to be blessed and born again. Regardless of your position on the policies or character of the President, we must be interceding for the leader of our nation—their influence and responsibility affect us, our children and the climate of the country we call home.
Here are some additional resources on these Biblical principles and on our role and identity as culture-reformers in the Body of Christ.
- I believe that healthy marriages are foundation to healthy families, churches and ultimately, healthy societies. As a very happily married man of 37 years, here are 5 Key Biblical Truths About Marriage I have learned over the years.
- In The Grace of Giving, I explain prosperity God’s way so that we can be more generous, Christ-like givers.
- I am passionate about our role as culture-reformers. The Reformer’s Pledge is a compilation of writings from reformers such as Lou Engle, Bill Johnson, James Goll and Heidi Baker, that will encourage and inspire you.