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Who Would God Vote For?

Weekly Devotionals

Who Would God Vote For?

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child” (Luke 2:4–5)

We’re about to enter another act in political theater, in yet another election cycle. Sometimes I wonder where God stands on many of our modern day issues. I want to know whose side God is on and I want to be on the same side. In other words, who would God vote for?  Luke reminds us that God often isn’t taking any side politically, but that isn’t to say He is disinterested either.

It was the decree of the Roman Emperor Augustus Octavian that mandated everyone to return to their home town to register. Many centuries earlier, in the book of Micah, it was prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. God for some reason decided to use Augustus, a pagan king, to fulfill this exact prophecy. We see this common thread throughout history, in the interplay between history and God’s sovereign plan. Whether it was the Persian empire, or Greeks, or Egyptians, or Romans, God used governments and kings to do his will. And most never knew they were ever part of God’s plan.

I think the hard part for us is that only in hindsight can we connect the dots and see what God is up to. When we are in the midst of history, it’s not easy to tell where God is headed. But we can learn from Joseph and Mary. They obeyed the mandate to register, at great risk to their safety and the life of their unborn child. Simple acts of obedience can have everlasting consequences.

Our hope is never in a king or president or prime minister. May we learn to trust that God is in control and submit to His plans.