Proverbs tells us there is victory in an abundance of counselors, so I called a few of my wiser friends and asked if they’d share their counsel with us as we navigate a historic and contentious presidential election. First up, Dr. Wayne Grudem offers his wise insights.
From the episode:
“In this election season: if you agree with Romans 13:1, then you’d have to agree that God put President Trump in office. The question is, did God put Trump in office as a blessing to the nation or for judgment to the nation?”
“God has given you a stewardship responsibility.
You’ve got a tiny slice of the authority to rule over the nation when you vote. There’s a responsibility, then, to affect the outcome of the election in a way that you think will be best for the nation. If you don’t use that, you’re not using your stewardship to influence the outcome of the election.
Whether your candidate wins or loses, the margin of that victory or defeat is still significant for the subsequent political context that occurs in the country, so your vote is always going to be important.”
Listen to our conversation with Dr. Grudem from the 2016 Election: Is Not Voting a Sin?
About Dr. Wayne Grudem:
Wayne Grudem is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Div. and a D.D. from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. (in New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, England. He has published over twenty books, including Systematic Theology, Business for the Glory of God, and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (co-edited with John Piper; Book of the Year for Christianity Today, 1992). He was also the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year, 2009). His newest book, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution (Crossway, co-authored with Barry Asmus), was published in August, 2013.
He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He and his wife Margaret have been married since 1969 and have three adult sons.
Our thanks to Dr. Grudem for sharing his wisdom with us!