Early voting has started, and soon we will know who the next President will be. It has been a long election process. Or at least that’s what it feels like. In reality, it has been the same amount of time as any previous election process to select our Nation’s leader.

Many say that this election has been one of the most contentious ever, but how do we know if the election of 1896 was any less contentious than the one of 2016? No one was alive during that time so we don’t know.  We also hear this may be a close election and it will depend on turnout. That is the case with most all elections. Or maybe you are suffering from ESD (Election Stress Disorder) and all the election talk and hype has you on edge. The fact remains that we, as believers in the Body of Christ, have a duty to participate in our Nation’s electoral process.

 We find in Romans 13 where God’s Word speaks to our duties to the State as Christians. In verse 1 it says, “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God”. There is no legal requirement to vote but we do have an obligation to do so. We have so many liberties and freedoms at the cost of others. Those that have served our Nation do so to defend the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans. For some of those servicemen and women they paid the ultimate price with their lives.

We also have an obligation because God commands us to do so as seen in verse 7, “Pay your obligations to everyone; taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor”. By voting we are showing honor and respect to the processes that our fellow Americans have died for. We honor them by voting. Just as Christ died on the cross for us, we owe Him the honor and respect to submit to our Savior. We honor God by voting.

We may not like the choices we have in this election for President, but the fact remains we have an obligation to vote. We need to pray for God’s direction in showing us who to vote for. We need to know what will honor God. Lastly, we need to realize that we do not need to put our hope in the candidates or the political parties. We need to put our hope in Jesus Christ our Savior. Proverbs 42:5 reminds us to “put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him….” So make sure your voice is heard and you are honoring and obeying God by voting.