Turn Ye Unto Me: Comments on the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States of America

“Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.” – Zechariah 1:3 (KJV)


In the United States, we vote as part of a democratic process. However, we are reminded in Romans 9:17 and other verses that God appoints leaders. We can also discern from Romans 9:17 that God does not necessarily appoint leaders whom He approves of or is pleased by. This is every bit as true of our preferred presidential candidate.

The result of this election, like the result of every other election, has been decreed from before time by our God, who is sovereign. The result of this election, like the result of every other election, is also a judgment against us from God.

Among evangelicals, many folks I know were single issue voters. This is something I approve of personally, despite the fact that I haven’t historically voted (with one unremarkable, incidental exception). However, and this is the main point of my article:

If we’re not talking about turning unto the LORD as a nation, let me be the first to say that murdering fewer babies via abortion, not unlike voting, is in many ways a type of vanity.


What do I mean by that? Well, what is vanity? “Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.” At least, that’s the definition as of 11/7/20. Definitions seem to change somewhat frequently these days. Without turning unto the LORD as a nation, by grace and through faith in His Eternally Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, all of our good works are for nothing. What will they profit? So that’s what I mean by vanity.

After all, you get a sticker for at least one of those things. I’m also pretty sure you’re commended by most Americans for ‘exercising your right’ when you do either of them, too (which is disgusting).

We know from the Holy Scriptures that the intentions of our hearts, not our mere outward behavior, are important to God. We also know from the Holy Scriptures what the proper order of these things is to be done in (Matthew 23:26). Let me also echo the sentiments of other evangelicals who have wisely stated that the issue of abortion is far larger than Roe v. Wade. Reducing abortion and criminalizing abortion is fundamentally different. While I’m personally in favor of the later of the two, that would also be vanity were it not done in obedience as we endeavor to turn unto the LORD.

So I have two questions to ask you. Take your time: You have the rest of your life to answer.

As a nation, if we aren’t turning unto the LORD, should we reasonably expect He will turn unto us?

If He will not turn unto us, what should we, as a nation, reasonably expect?

The results will unfold in the United States over the next four years, and indeed, until the return of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us who would, if it were possible, vote for that day, look forward to it.

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