Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Every four years our nation has the opportunity to make a decision that will shape our future — our presidential election. With our election coming, a few things are obvious—1. No matter what the current president has done, his opposition will see him as the worst president in the history of America. 2. There will be plenty of men and women who are sure that they can do the job FAR BETTER than the current president. 3. Every candidate will make hundreds of promises that they will never fulfill. 4. Several candidates will make the case that if Jesus was alive today, He would vote for them.

I am always shocked by how quickly we (Christians) believe that the right elected official can change the religious makeup of our country. We fall into the trap of thinking that policies and laws will bring a revival among us. As a pastor I walk a careful line knowing that when I speak, I carry the responsibility of a prophet bringing forward the words of God. My job is to simply speak what scripture says. There is a great temptation to use the pulpit for political advantage. It is at this point that I always remember, Jesus was never politically involved. In questions of governmental authority he said “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s”. When asked about His kingdom by Pilate (a politician) His reply was simple, “my kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus taught and we must realize that no nation will turn to God because its government institutes Christian laws.

Tonight we are continuing our study through the book of Samuel. In Samuel’s farewell address, he shows the fallacy of having a man as your king (especially when you can have God) and then instructs the people to follow God.

1 Samuel 12:14-15
14 If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. 15 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you and your king.

I believe with all my heart that there is no politician who can fix the moral problems of our country. I believe that there is no politician who can turn the people of this nation back to God. I believe in my heart of hearts that the only way for the people of America to come to know Jesus and live in a way that honors him is for the church to return to its first calling—the Great Commission. Laws don’t save people, Jesus does. If we truly desire to change this country, we must take the energy that we will expend talking, thinking and politicking and turn it into sharing the gospel. Only Christ can change the heart, and only a changed heart can lead you to live for Christ.

One Comment

  1. Holly Guthrie

    Well said, Wes Faulk. One of the more reasonable statements made about the health of our government and the church. Keep preaching, sir! You have a voice!

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