In this series I have hoped (in as much is possible in three blog posts) to talk some about a Christian perspective in voting. I appreciate the comments of others in helping to accomplish this goal. In this post I want to address a concern I have.
It seems that some people look to the government as the solution to all of man’s problems. “Immorality is high in our nation, thus we need to change the laws to make man moral. We have too much poverty, thus we need to tax and redistribute.” The argument seems to put the weight of responsibility on the government and elected officers.
Now please read this post in context (i.e. read the earlier posts), I’m not saying that government has no role, but I am saying that Christians should not put their trust in government to accomplish true change in a nation or group of people. Change, the kind which honors God, only comes when individuals are so overwhelmed by the gospel that they turn their lives over to Him.
This type of change is seen in the conversion of a sinner. This type of change is the work of the gospel on the heart of the man. This type of change results in a new man. It results in a new attitude. It results in a new life. It results in people dedicating themselves to righteousness.
Government can limit evil, but it can’t remove the evil from its citizens. Government can punish crimes, but it cannot justify the criminal. Government can commend the one who does good, but it cannot change his/her status before God. Only Christ and the power of the gospel can purge our lives from sin, justify us before God, and give us a new heart and place before God.
So Christians vote tomorrow if you believe that you can limit evil and promote good, but please do not put your trust in the government. Put your trust in the gospel and make the priority of your life to apply that message to your life and share it with others.
Now, to steal a political phrase, THAT IS CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!