There is an anti-establishment mood in America today of historic proportions. Survey after survey says that voters are tired of the bickering in Washington, the party-line animosity that has polarized the nation and paralyzed our politics. Many voters are not happy with either party. Many hear that the economy is improving but are still struggling personally. They worry about Ebola, ISIS, and the direction of the country. Some are calling this a “rejection election” of those in power. Many will vote today against the status quo, whatever they perceive it to be. Others will vote by not voting.
The latter is not an option for Christians. Followers of Jesus are called to be good and godly citizens (Romans 13:1-7). Unlike our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, Christians in America are free to vote and free to participate in our nation’s governance. God is calling more Christians into public service than are answering his call. And he is calling us all to vote. But for whom?
Bob Moritz is Chairman of the U.S. firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). With 180,000 employees, it is one of the world’s largest companies. In the current Harvard Business Review, he addresses an issue perplexing employers worldwide—how to engage the Millennials (adults ages 18-29). Their generation has been stereotyped as disloyal to institutions and less motivated by career advancement, often described as working to live rather than living to work.
Moritz has a different view on the subject. He finds Millennials intensely motivated, but by their personal mission rather than their financial success. They choose an employer based on the degree to which that company’s mission advances their own, and stay there only so long as their missions remain aligned. They have little “brand loyalty” to a particular organization, denomination, or political party. However, they are intensely loyal to those whose mission aligns with their own.
I think Millennials are right. At salvation, Christians are granted spiritual gifts which the Spirit intends to use for God’s glory and our good. As a follower of Jesus you have a personal mission, a Kingdom assignment given to you by your King. Everything you choose and do today should align with that calling. Only by living with such holistic focus can your life accomplish all your Father intends for you.
So ask yourself before voting: which candidate is most likely to lead in accordance with God’s Kingdom purposes? Research your options; learn the candidates’ positions; seek the Spirit’s guidance. Then vote as though the election depends on you, and pray for the winners as though their effectiveness depends on God.
All the while, remember Jesus’ words: “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). He said that not to political leaders but to Christians. So stay focused on your Kingdom mission and align most with those who will most advance it. You can be a light bulb or a laser—the choice is yours.