This is not an article in support of one kind of party, but an article in support of one kind of voter. It is important that we vote and that we cast a vote for the candidate who would most benefit our country from a biblical perspective. However, voters can enter the booth with two very different hopes. A passage in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah speaks to this.
The prophet Jeremiah was writing to the people of Judah as they were tempted to place their confidence in man-made idols and foreign armies for help. They were hoping in the strength of man rather than the hand of God. In Jeremiah 17:5-6, Judah is warned: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.’” This warning applies to the voter entering the booth next month hoping the candidate they vote for will bring utopia to earth. Those who trust in people rather than God will see their hopes wither and die like a plant in the desert.
On the other hand, we could enter the voting booth with God’s blessing. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” In contrast to the first kind of voter, this voter places his or her confidence in God no matter who wins or how poorly they might do. This voter’s hopes remain strong and their anxiety remains low because they count on the hand of God not the strength of man. Yes, the Lord can and does work through human governments. But our hopes do not rest upon human governments!