Election fever is building up in Canada and the United States. In Canada the Federal Conservative Party has just elected a new leader, Erin O’Toole, and there is a distinct possibility of a snap election to try and unseat the Federal Liberals who are in a minority situation. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is embroiled in his third political scandal, with the other parties snapping at his heels.
The United States presidential election is due on November 3 with the Republicans and Democrats at each other’s throats. Alongside the major candidates for office there are in both countries many who are positioning themselves for a run at office and are crying out “vote for me.” Brings to mind the wise saying of C.H. Spurgeon, “Better to be the elect of God than the elect of a whole nation.” [Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith. August 27]
When it comes time to vote for a new leader, Christians should exercise their right to vote. As has been said, “evil men take over when good men do nothing.” Believers should also remember that they are not voting for a new pastor for their church, but a new leader for their country. National leaders must represent their whole country and therefore must sometimes do things that would not be acceptable in a pastor. The Christian should be looking for a leader who, while not necessarily a born-again believer, still respects the law of God, and will incorporate it into his policies.