Things to consider at political elections

1. Christians should not approach elections in the same spirit as the world.

We should be clear in our defence of biblical values and support of those who champion these.

However, we should not represent a political party but rather a coming Kingdom. Our primary concern is to preach the gospel to the fallen world. We should not make enemies of people who have different political positions.

We should never be more passionate about the nation or politics than we are about the Church. Likewise, we should never be more passionate about our families than we are about the Church and God's Kingdom (Matt 10:37). The problem with passion is that it produces blindness.

2. Citizens should not challenge the legitimacy of a democratically-elected leader unless there is evidence of fraud.

Citizens should respect the vote of the majority, even when their preferred candidate is not elected.

The only time this should be challenged is when the proof is produced that elections were fraudulent.

If there is no proof, go home and lament and pray for victory in the next election!

If there is proof, the constitution has a set way to call for a new election.

As believers, we should be defenders of liberty. There are some in Brazil calling for military intervention. But this would produce dictatorship. We should defend the constitution. Democracy is always better than autocracy. Just read history!

3. Political powers should not force citizens to accept an ideology.

It is not the state’s role to teach ideology or enforce morality upon the people.

The state’s role is to protect liberty - of speech, religion and the right to come and go.

Christians too should be careful to not use the political system to enforce high standards of morality.

In the parable of the wheat and tares, Jesus taught that the wheat represents the sons of light and the tares represent the sons of darkness. Both should be given the freedom to grow together in the same field until separation at the judgment.

Few believers understand this! We must allow those of other creeds and lifestyles to be free to do what they like (as long as they do not harm others).

Many unbelievers fear that Christians will take away their liberties rather than protect them. Hence they are militant in fighting against conservative voices.

4. The state exists to enforce the law; the church exists to express grace.

The government’s role is to uphold the constitution and ensure that its institutions enforce the law with integrity.

The state should not be lenient towards those who break the law.

It is the church’s role to be gracious (not legalistic), and to demonstrate compassion through works of benevolence throughout society.

A state that sets itself as the compassionate father of the people morphs itself into an anti-Christ religious system.

To show compassion is an individual’s decision to help others at his or her own expense. It is hypocritical for a State to show compassion because it can only do so by taxing its other citizens.

5. Christians should never be against people but against false doctrines and oppressive ideologies.

Our role is to be salt and light in this decadent and dark world by showing truth and love as expressed in God’s word. Don’t treat voters from other parties as your enemy.

Jesus did not come to condemn people. He took on Himself the cross of the thief Barrabas to save him.

At the same time, Jesus exposed the doctrine of the Pharisees to be hypocritical.

6. There are certainly other powers that influence national elections.

The world is under the control of the evil one, the prince of darkness, who rules by deceiving people and setting up lies as truth.

In this system are many powerful players - wealthy businesspeople, totalitarian dictators, big tech corporations, and intellectual and political ideologues.

They make up a powerful globalist elite that is hell-bent on setting up a one-world government.

All of this is prophesied and will come to pass.

Don’t be shocked or dismayed!

Rather use this knowledge to fan the flame of faith in your heart and become increasingly passionate to reach out to this lost generation with the message of God’s grace and His soon-coming, everlasting Kingdom.

7. No matter who is in political power, Christians are part of a higher Kingdom.

There is "common" grace given for all people to enjoy - the sun shines and the rain falls on the righteous and unrighteous. (Matt 5:45). But there is "special" grace for those who have a covenant with God. We are promised protection and provision.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him."

Psalm 91:14-15