The country is in the midst of the most contentious presidential campaign in our nation’s history.  In addition, neither candidate generates positive ratings among potential voters.  This election has regularly been talked about in terms of selecting “the lesser of two evils”.  How are those who are followers of Christ to make a decision on how to vote?  Should we vote for the lesser of two evils?  What should we expect from our elected officials?

Here are a couple of thoughts:

  • Read Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17.  God is sovereign and has purpose in those whom He allows to sit in the seat of authority at every level of government.
  • Pray for wisdom – James 1:5.
  • Evaluate the candidates and issues based on a biblical worldview.  A worldview is the framework of basic beliefs that we hold, whether we realize it or not, that shapes our view of and for the world. Everyone has a worldview. The question is not whether one has a worldview, but which worldview one has.  As Christ-followers we should evaluate everything through the lens of Scripture.
  • Educate yourself on all the candidates and the issues.  Look at a variety of sources. Avoid the mainstream as they have a worldview or agenda to push that is anything but biblical.
  • Pray again for wisdom.
  • Vote  As citizens we are part of the process.  If after evaluating the candidates and praying you simply cannot vote for the candidates for a specific office then do not vote for that office.  However, you should not sit out this election because you don’t like either of the candidates at the top of the ballot.  There are many other offices and issues that can impact life much closer to home.
  • Remember  We are strangers and sojourners in this world.  We are citizens of a greater kingdom.  First and foremost we are servants of King Jesus.

Here are links to some resources to help you make an informed, wise decision:

AFA Action Comprehensive Voter Guide

California Official Voter Guide

FRC Action & Platform Comparison Guide

GOP – The 2016 Republican Party Info

Democratic Party Platform Info

Libertarian Party Platform Info

Why I Don’t Think You Must Vote for Lesser of Two Evils – The Gospel Coalition

Pray for the election – Extol: Prayer & Praise Night


At the next EXTOL on Thursday, November 3  we will discuss and pray for the election, the country and the church.  Hope to see you there!

Crossing campus – 7106 Johnson Dr. Pleasanton


Author: Jay Scott,  VBC Pastor & Elder