Voting Day

As I write this, Canadian polls are open for voting. I took the opportunity to vote in the earlier time slots. Over the years, I’ve also worked in the election system. I know how scrupulously the rules and the people work to make it a foolproof event.

Even at the time of counting, the ballots are withdrawn from their boxes or machines, one by one. That ballot must be displayed to at least two other people. Only then is it included in the full count.

You can call it what you like but the truth is the truth. Our elections are not false or phony. If the person we don’t care for, gets elected, that is the way of the system. Truth is truth.

What does the Bible say about who our leaders are? Let’s take a look.

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So, live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live. Romans 13:1-5, MSG)

Did you get that? Disobeying the government comes with responsibility before God.

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