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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.


November 3 is quickly approaching (as you can tell by the endless stream of ruthless candidate-bashing commercials). Election Day is a highly-anticipated day every four years as we gear up to select the next leader of the free world.

There’s a lot of anxiety and hype surrounding this upcoming election that is now only a couple months away, so I’m thankful for the timeliness of God’s Word on the subject. If you haven’t read Romans 13 recently, I suggest you hit pause here, read the chapter, then come back. I’ll be waiting.

As I see it, when it comes to governmental leaders, our job is very simple…


“There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

Romans 13:1 ESV

No matter who is in the White House, we know Who is on the throne. We serve the King of Kings (and King of Presidents) who is above even the highest power and authority. Regardless of who our nation votes in to be our leader, we will trust confidently in God’s sovereignty.


“Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”

Romans 13:7 ESV

Notice Paul says to give “honor to whom honor is owed,” not to whom it is earned. You can respect the position even if the person hasn’t earned your respect. How? Faith in God’s sovereignty and obedience to God’s Word.

In addition to these 2 things in Romans 13, I would add VOTE BIBLICALLY and PRAY CONSISTENTLY. Use your voice and vote according to God’s Word, then pray, pray, pray. Pray for God to guide our country, pour out His Spirit, and surround our leaders with godly influence.

No matter what happens, God is still in control! Even the most powerful leaders are “God’s servant for your good” (Romans 13:4).