Here are some of the points of conviction for me in this election year.
1. Every human will be evaluated by the Lord for every word they speak. Guard my mouth, Lord, from sinful speech. And let me not speak sinfully of the sinful speech of others.
2. Prayer is a measure of my heart. If I am talking/arguing about/critiquing a particular candidate more than I am praying for them, I am forgetting that I serve the God who directs the hearts of kings, Who raises nations and humbles them.
3. Anxiety and Self-Righteousness are always sinful. I may assume I have good reason for being fearful of a particular outcome or looking down on a particular candidate, but the Lord knows that I am the chief of sinners and that his purposes shall stand in all generations.
4. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are more important than power, prestige, influence, thrones, kingdoms, and history books.
5. Pride goes before a fall. Whether it be pride in a political position, a political history, a social status, a particular race, a particular endorsement, a political win, a political party, a platform, a talent, or an accomplishment–pride goes before a fall. Watching this election cycle reminds me to soberly receive the warning of Nebuchadnezzer for my own heart, “those who walk in pride He is able to humble.”
I believe Christians should take their responsibility to this country very seriously, and should have serious thoughts about political positions, parties, and candidates and should desire to vote and support candidates who they believe will best represent the Biblical purpose of civil government to encourage good behavior and punish evil behavior. I also believe that along with civil interaction we should engage in heart interaction–presenting our heart before the Lord. May this election cycle lead to conviction, repentance, and change and, by his grace, hearts of greater holiness before our God.