Let’s keep this simple. The role and responsibility God gave to civil government is different from the responsibility God gave to us, His people. Just as my hands have a different role and purpose than my feet do, but they are part of the same body and work together. Government and Christians, as well as Christians in government, can and should work together, each functioning in their respective roles.
Scripture gives us some insight into the purpose God has given for civil governments in Romans 13:3-4.For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Government was God’s idea and He is the One who established the main role of civil government. The authority God gave to civil government is to be a minister of God for good to keep citizens safe from those who break the law and practice evil. As Christians, our number one commandment is to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
Government has a different role and different responsibilities than we as Christians do. We should not expect the government to do what we are called to do. No place in scripture does God tell civil government to turn the other cheek, love your neighbor as yourself or freely give to those who ask of you. Those things He has spoken to us as His people.
Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We need to pray for our elected officials that they will follow Romans 13 and the U.S. Constitution. Pray and vote for those who will enact and uphold righteous laws that establishes a “more perfect union” where “justice”, “tranquility”, “a common defense” and the “blessing of liberty” exists for our people.
We also must be involved in the political process to maintain the continuity between the mandates we are given from Lord and the U.S. Constitution (the supreme law of our land). The least we can do is pray and vote. Voting is a right and a privilege that many people around the world do not have. However, it goes beyond that, it is our duty as God’s people to vote. Voting is our voice and an expression of our will. Our will should align with God’s will. Jesus told us to pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Therefore, when we vote, it should be an expression of the will of God to be done on earth, in our nation, as it is in Heaven.
How should we vote as God’s people? What did God say was the purpose for government? Civil governments are a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on those who practice evil. So, which candidates will best accomplish this? Which candidates, judges, laws and questions on our ballots best fit the will God as outlined in scripture and the Constitution of the United States? Assuming of course we and the candidates know the Constitution and what is evil as God has defined it.
How are we going to be able to disciple nations, as Jesus told us to do, if we do not participate in the political process of our nation, thereby affecting the governmental mountain? We are commanded by God to love people. Government and politics affect every person in our nation. Moreover, the United States is a forerunner among nations. Many nations look to us to set the example and follow in our steps. What we do will affect the lives of countless others around the world. When the people of God are unengaged from the political process, they are abdicating their responsibility and authority.