In my recent article where I interacted with John Piper’s comments on the current election, I hinted that I was giving serious consideration to voting for neither Trump nor Biden. Whereas I still believe that this is a legitimate option for Christians, I have decided that it is not a legitimate option for me personally. I’m not saying for whom I’m voting, but I’m voting in the presidential election. I simply cannot justify, to the satisfaction of my own conscience, not voting in a year when the stakes are so high for our country.
If you wonder why I’m not identifying the candidate for whom I’ve voting, it has to do with the position I hold as senior pastor at Bridgeway. I take seriously the responsibility to urge and advocate for policies and principles that are most consistent with Scripture. And I will always preach and teach accordingly. But I do not believe I have the freedom to publicly endorse a particular candidate. Ask me privately, as a citizen, and I’ll probably tell you. But I won’t use my position as a pastor or the power of my pulpit to encourage others to join me in my support of any particular individual. I realize that other pastors have no reservations in stating their position, and I respect their choice in that matter. To each his own.
In any case, let’s join together in prayer for the outcome of Tuesday’s election, and ask that God would use it to put in positions of political and legal authority those men and women who stand for biblical truth and ethics.