I know that the title of this article sounds really un-American. It is definitely politically incorrect. But just stay with me for a few minutes and I think you might just agree with me. Over the last few days, we have all seen these short little “sayings” sweep across social media:
“I just voted…I did my part.”
“Get out and vote…this is what our soldiers died for.”
“Vote early and vote often.”
“Vote biblical values.”
“It is your American duty to vote…do it before they take your rights away.”
“Every vote counts.”
I agree with the last statement that “every vote counts” if we are referring to what happens when I physically go down to the voting booth and cast my vote. One vote could win an election. There are instances where this is the case. That is why I have exercised my freedom and right to vote since I was old enough. My first opportunity to vote dates back to 1996. I voted for Bob Dole. Some of you don’t even know who that is. He lost the presidential election to Bill Clinton, who would later be publically shamed for his extramarital affair with an intern. Since this election, I have voted during every major election. I have been able to vote for a president five different times in my life. I have been on the winning side and losing side. I have seen plenty of political commercials which make me not want to vote for any politicians anymore. That is what this article is all about.
Maybe it is just me, but I have lost hope in our system of government to do the right thing. The last few elections, I have had a hard time casting my ballot for anyone because I feel like no candidate is really running in order to “serve the people.” But I vote anyway. I vote because it is the right thing to do. I vote because of peer pressure. I vote because I hold onto the hope that someday a leader will rise up and do what is right for his or her people.
As a pastor, I feel like I need to help people understand what the role of the government is in the life of the citizen according to the Bible. I have been convicted to pen a few articles with this question in mind: What does God want a government to look like and what kind of leader does God want to lead our country?
It saddens me to state that too few men and women who are in politics are actually the kind of leaders that would make God proud. That is why I have told a few individuals in my church to run for political office. But it might not be worth it for them to leave the private life and go into the public realm. Why? Because it seems that as a man or woman with godly values rises in political power, the media seems to make every effort to destroy his or her dignity with mockery and disdain.
For some reason, America keeps voting into public office a certain type of leader. The Bible talks about this type of leader with three descriptions.
The duplicitous ruler. I call this the chameleon leader. Many politicians have been caught on video saying one thing at one dinner party and then an entirely different thing the next month. His or her behavior is motivated by what will get him or her the most votes. This type of person has no firm values. Jesus called this kind of leader a fox:
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal’” (Luke 13:31-32).
The conspirator. Did you know that Adolf Hitler rose to power claiming to be a Christian? Did you know that in the swastika (the ultimate picture of evil today), the Christian cross was embedded in it? And many Christians thought Hitler was the servant of God and therefore they were supposed to submit to him. Deception can run deep. From Watergate to Monicagate, our nation’s leaders have proven this ancient saying:
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it (Micah 2:1).
The deceitful governor. How many government leaders do you trust? How many of them have your best interest in mind? How many of them would love to sit down with you and serve you? Or would you walk away from a meeting with them feeling the way the Magi did? Those of us who know the Christmas story understand that King Herod didn’t intend to worship baby Jesus. Instead, it was his plan to find where the baby was born and kill the innocent infant.
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him” (Matthew 2:8).
These types of evil rulers should be resisted, but it seems like these men and women are on the majority of the ballots every election. According to Psalm 58:1, there are two things that government leaders will have to answer for:
- Do you tell the truth?
- Do you judge honestly?
If you are a leader of the American people, you will stand before a Judge someday and He will ask you these two questions. Can you answer in the affirmative? If not, maybe political office isn’t for you. But what about those of us who are not public figures? What can we do to change the system? There are a few things that we can do:
Vote for politicians who tell the truth and judge honestly. No exceptions.
Involve yourself in the public realm. Get on public school boards, run for local offices, be political! Too many honest people sit back and complain and yet they are the answer to the problem.
Rebuke government leaders when they appear to be deceiving the people. Call their office, send letters, let them know that you are unhappy with their decisions.
Instill the right values in as many young people as possible.
Pray for a revival to sweep this nation so that a new wave of integrity will rise out of the darkness.
I don’t think I am asking too much when I want to vote for an honest man. Maybe one of the main reasons Abe Lincoln is considered one of the most beloved politicians of all time is because of a word that was used to describe him. “Honest Abe.” Lord, please raise up another “Honest Abe” to lead this country.