Expression and Submission in Voting

Chaos and anarchy are not noble virtues for any society. However, since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, the tendency of all creation is to break down. This is clear when we look at the physical world. Everything around us is essentially falling apart. Without much effort, we can see how this applies to society as well. The sin nature absent any form of law produces a society with almost animal characteristics. William Golding was right is his famous novel Lord of the Flies. In his mercy, God imposed government on humanity for their good. Governments are established to create and maintain order. Instead of every man doing what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6), decision-making is consolidated into the hands of a few to be exercised on behalf of others. Ideally this is for the common good, but human nature rarely allows that to be the case; at least not for long. Citizens in this country have the privilege of speaking into that process. Voting in an election does not signal a challenge to the sovereignty of God. It dovetails to model the parallel virtues of passionate, biblically informed expression, and a deep commitment to submit to the outcomes knowing it is from God who really does have our best interest in mind.

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