Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Christians talk about how important it is to vote but then they also say whoever gets elected – good, bad or really bad – was put there by God. So, what is the point in voting if God determines who gets elected anyway? That used to confuse me.
But then I realized Romans 13:1, the passage referenced for this confusing contradiction, does not say “whoever gets elected is put there by God”. It says the authority was established by God. There is a big difference.
All authority belongs to God. Because God is a god of order and not chaos, He has established authorities on earth to govern. God established the authority, the position of rule, but He does not necessarily put specific people into those positions.** In a democracy that is done by the choice of the people. So, yes, it does matter that we vote and who we vote for. Our vote impacts who will be entrusted with the sacred duty of leadership, carrying the mantle of God’s authority, in our nation.
Make your choice but then don’t blame God for the outcome. In a democracy we deserve the leadership we get.
1 Peter 2:13-15
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
** Obviously, sometimes to accomplish His specific purpose He does put a specific person in power. But there is nothing in Scripture to indicate that every person in power was put there by God.