Elections weren’t generally popular during Bible times. Yes, ancient Greece was a “democracy” in theory, but according to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, it wasn’t until the 17th century that representative democracy used voting as the primary decision-making process. Leaders in the early church were chosen or appointed based on character. In fact, the selection of Elders in the church had little to do with a skill-set. It had more to do with the mental, spiritual, and moral qualities distinctive to a person. Our election process in America doesn’t completely ignore character but tends to put more emphasis on skills and the ability to market oneself.
We’ve just come through an election cycle that has left many divided, frustrated, confused, and fearful of the future, regardless of your politics. Character should be the criteria, but sadly it’s not.
So what can we do? Or to put it in the words of a decade ago, “What Would Jesus Do?” Here’s my “two-cents” worth. Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Obey and Pray.
History records that the Roman emperor, Nero, was the governing authority at the time of Paul’s writing. He was terrible, especially to Christians. He persecuted and killed them. Yet the Apostle Paul says praying for and being obedient to our leadership should still be the norm in most cases. Except, when there is a clear choice between obeying God or obeying man. Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!
So, if you’re scared, frustrated, or worse remember God uses every situation to glorify Himself. Let him work through you.