God Is Not Surprised by the Election Results
A politically active believer, John Quincy Adams, knew what it was like to win and lose. When asked why he continued to fight through opposition and even failure, Adams never wavered:
“Duty is ours, results are God’s.”
Tuesday, millions of Christians prayed and voted. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Christians stepped up and took action, casting our votes for biblical values.
Of the more than 70,000 races nationwide—from local school board and municipal to state legislature, governorship, and judicial to U.S. House and Senate—chances are, not all went the way you voted.
But the results were not our responsibility. Our responsibility was seizing the opportunity to vote.
Galatians 6:10 is one of my favorite, impactful verses:
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (ESV).
While the context of the verse isn’t addressing voting per se, the apostle Paul’s instruction encompasses every opportunity we have as believers. Thankfully, in America, voting is our ability to take action and fight to bring good—the good of our faith—into our communities and our nation, as an example to the world.
Luke 12:48 says:
“...Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (ESV).
Our good God gave us the opportunity to be faithful in these midterms—to activate our faith and bring about His good into our communities and our country.
We were called to be faithful stewards—and leave the results up to Him.
Scripture is clear:
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1 ESV).
What reassurance and peace to know we serve a sovereign God who is in complete control.
I want to encourage you to pray for your new leaders—regardless if they were the ones you voted for, or not. They will be on your school board, in your state legislature, your courts, and representing you in Washington, D.C. Pray for them right now, even before they take their oath of office in the New Year.
Can you name your new leaders? To effectively pray for them and the important issues they will impact, we must know them by name.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior...” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV).
Praying for our leaders is essential to leading “a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
At My Faith Votes, we will continue to pray. But we won’t stop there.
We will bring the solutions of our faith to the public square—not just in each election cycle—but all the time. We will view every issue through a biblical lens, and we won’t become complacent in the next two years.
Our mission at My Faith Votes doesn’t change just because the elections are over. We will continue to PRAY, THINK biblically, and ACT on our faith. We will stay engaged in the public square in election years and in “off-election” years.
We will hold our new leaders accountable as they represent us, and we will continue to stand boldly for the sanctity of life, religious liberty, and marriage and family.
Together, we will remain vigilant, informed, and active to be salt and light in our communities, our state, and our country.
This is our mission, and what we are called to do, not just every two years, but all the time. Let us continue to do good.
Ronald Reagan said it best:
“Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
As we move on from these 2018 midterm elections, join me in praying and standing as one of God’s lights on this, our “shining city on a hill.”
My Faith Votes—is a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square.