It is election season again. For those of us who are U.S. citizens, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to help choose our elected officials at local, state and national levels.
Many who reside in the U.S. still struggle for the right to vote. Even those who are not registered voters, however, can find opportunities to engage candidates, such as at public events.
U.S. government policies greatly impact people’s lives in this country and around the world. Those who are poor or marginalized are often affected the most. As Christians, we must educate ourselves about candidates’ stances on fundamental concerns of justice, peace and the wellbeing of creation.
There are many ways to engage with our government. Scripture calls us to pray for our governing authorities (1 Timothy 2:2). Within our faith communities we can carefully discuss and discern the candidates for whom we will vote, seeking to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). And following in the footsteps of Moses, Elijah, Esther and the Hebrew prophets, we can advocate for just public policies.
We do this work, remembering that our ultimate allegiance is to Christ our Lord, not to any political parties, candidates, forms of government or nation-states.
As you consider this, take some time to read over our 2016 election resource.