Since I arrived here from Canada three weeks ago it has been interesting to experience a federal election in another country.
The premise of the election is the same, although there are some minor differences such as compulsory voting.
While some Canadians ask the question, “should I vote as a Christian?”, we all should ask the question, “how should I vote as a Christian?”
The first thing we must always remember is that God is in control (Romans 13:1).
God is the true leader and creator of this world and everything goes through Him.
As followers of God it is our duty to choose a leader who speaks and acts out Christian principles.
In order to do this we must be informed on what each party represents and use our judgment to make godly decisions.
Sounds easy enough right? Well, as we all know, parties can promise many different things, some of which follow earthly principles and not biblical principles.
So in order to receive the proper guidance, we must study God’s word, the Bible.
To know what principles God wants our leaders to possess, we need to be in constant study of Scripture.
For we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16)
And we must pray, asking thatour decision will be according to God’s will, and that the leaders will make wise decisions.
For we are reminded that, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (James 1:5).
And we must never forget to “pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2-3)