When we involve ourselves in elections, we “speak out for those who cannot speak… [and] defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9). 1. Pray for candidates in elections.
A Biblical View of Politics
He declared:“Render to Caesar that which is Caesars, and to God, the things that are Gods.” Instead of distancing believers from any connection with a civil government, he indicated there was a level of responsibility to engage in civic matters.
The Bible never mentions the word “vote” or “voting.” (For other online bibles see 1, 2, 3…) … But the fact that God did not say exactly how to “choose,” and never mentions the word “vote,” can make it a little hard to get direct guidance from the Bible.
Neither the United States nor its President are mentioned in the Bible. People will sometimes take vague verses and point to them and say “See, it’s about us”.
Election within the Bible is the notion that God favors some individuals and groups over others, an idea that finds fullest expression in the Hebrew Bible’s affirmation, supported in the New Testament, that Israel is God’s chosen people.
The Bible does not support any form of government or another but the idea that all people are equal in their depravity would leave a reasonable person who believees in that to want to have power spaced out and not in the hands of one depraved person.
Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.”
Jesus first called them hypocrites, and then asked one of them to produce a Roman coin that would be suitable for paying Caesar’s tax. … They answered, “Caesar’s,” and he responded: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”. The questioners were impressed.
The Bible verse “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1) has joined “Let your women keep silence in the churches” (1 Corinthians 14:34) and “Slaves obey your earthly masters” (Ephesians 6:5) as one of the most abused passages of scripture in history.
Theodore Roosevelt did not use the Bible when taking the oath in 1901, nor did John Quincy Adams, who swore on a book of law, with the intention that he was swearing on the constitution. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on a Roman Catholic missal on Air Force One.
The George Washington Inaugural Bible is the Bible that was sworn upon by George Washington when he took office as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. The Bible has subsequently been used in the inauguration ceremonies of several other U.S. presidents.
Honor is an internal attitude of respect. It is expressed by appropriate actions; otherwise, it’s only lip service. Children show honor to their parents by obeying them. We honor God by doing the things that please Him.
The elect are chosen by the foreknowledge of God and by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. All who have been chosen by God have been foreknown by Him and have been sanctified by the power of God’s Spirit. The elect are known for their obedience to the commands of Jesus and their sins are covered in His blood.
Historically, the Church opposed liberal ideas such as democracy, freedom of speech, and the separation of church and state under the grounds that “error has no rights”. It eventually accommodated these ideas and began to view religious liberty as a positive value during and after the Second Vatican Council.
In the last century, columnist Walter Lippmann called newspapers “the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.” The truth is, there is absolutely no replacement for a strong, financially independent newspaper beholden to no special interests or the government in power.
1a : government by the people especially : rule of the majority. b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. 2 : a political unit that has a democratic government.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
The verse in the Bible that most Christians make reference to is Leviticus 19:28, which says,”You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.” So, why is this verse in the Bible?
Political meaning and use. Some interpreters have claimed that Romans 13 implies that Christians are to obey all public officials under all circumstances. … For this reason, the duty of obedience is, for the Christian, a consequence of this derivation of authority from God, and ceases when that ceases.
As leaders, you are responsible for those you lead. These people are looking to you for guidance, like little children. We have a responsibility to lead and to lead well.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17). “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
God, thank You for the men and women who serve our country in leadership roles and for their families. … Give them peace when their work takes them away from their families. We also pray specifically for the wives, husbands, and children of our leaders.
A prayer for our president
Give him wisdom and grace. Let him speak and act with honesty and integrity in all situations. Give him a glimpse of how much you love him and how much you love the world you created. Draw him to yourself, Jesus, into an ever-closer relationship with you.
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|Sermon on the Mount, altarpiece by Henrik Olrik (1830–1890) at Sankt Matthæus Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark.|
|Book||Gospel of Matthew|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Jesus does not say no part of the law will ever pass away; he says no part of it shall pass away until it is fulfilled. He says he came to do this very thing, to fulfill it. So, with his coming, the law has been fulfilled and has passed away. We now live under the law of Christ, not beneath the law of Moses.
God wants us to obey the laws our government imposes on us. In fact, it is God’s will thatwe obey the laws of our government. When we break our government’s laws, we are being lawless. This means that breaking laws such as the speed limit, or killing deer without a license is being lawless and God calls it sin.
Even our ability to give generously comes from God (Deuteronomy 8:18; 2 Corinthians 9:10–11). Everything we have, and everything else that exists, is all his.
We owe God a life that is a living sacrifice. We do this through our tithes, offerings, gifts, time, talents, possessions, etc. God does not just want half of our lives; He wants us to devote ourselves fully to Him. The call to a Christian is to be ALL IN.
What does the Bible says about politics?