Recently, my church was searching for a new pastor. We had narrowed the search down to two candidates. Both great men. I was on the search committee and was trying to decide which I would recommend. So I did the very spiritual thing of Facebook Stalk both candidates.
In my research, one of the candidates said something in a sermon that sealed the deal for me. He said, “God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican.”
I know, a simple truth. But I think the church that meets in America has forgotten this. I wanted a Pastor who understood that truth and was not timid about reminding his congregation of this truth.
I have heard the argument on both sides of the table. “How can you be a Christian and vote for (fill in the blank)?”
I will tell you how. There is this little thing called “Grace”. The Bible is clear, the only way to the Father is through the Son. Not through a political party.
How are we saved: “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 CSB
There is no fine print about voting a certain way, being loyal to a nation or pledging allegiance to a flag.
Remember, the Pharisees were convinced they knew the heart of God. They were convinced they were keeping God’s laws. They were convinced they were pleasing God. But they weren’t. They were far from God’s heart. And if you think your political view is one-hundred percent correct, you may have developed the heart of a Pharisee along the way. If you think God is for your political party only, you may have a political spirit.
I implore you, my Christian friends. Let us not become like the Pharisees. Let us not equate voting for a particular candidate to godliness or righteousness. Let us not add laws to His grace by requiring allegiance to a particular political party. Let us not require nationalism or patriotism to a country as proof of our love for God. Let us not be so convinced our way is the only way, we stop asking the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Here are some truths:
God loves you regardless to how you vote.
Your salvation does not ebb and flow with how you vote.
God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat but He loves them both.
You are saved by grace. Period. No fine print.
You have been made right with God because of the atoning work of Christ not because of your voting history.
Vote your convictions . But don’t judge others whose convictions lead them to vote differently.