Originally Posted by benrodda
"he neeeeds us"
Honestly I struggle with sovereignty of God. I cannot get my head around it.
On one hand we are given freewill and choices to make. The choices we make are opportunity to show honor, respect, worship... etc.
On the other hand he is in control and has a plan.
In bible college we studied Arminianism and Calvinism. People would try to suck me in to the dabate. Generally I would answer that I was both.
So often times my prayer is to try to understand my limits and his. What I should take responsibility for and what he will. Similar to the serenity prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Gods response to me is dynamic. So yes I feel a responsibility to vote and speak out on what I believe. At the same time I feel it is somehow in his hands. Sorry if this does not help.
It is struggle. I heard a man I greatly respect put it like this; We shake our indignant finger at God and ask how can you allow this to happen? and He then looks down on us and says; How can YOU allow this to happen?
I take a high view of the sovereignty of God while also realizing that I only see a snapshot in time, a dim view at that, and that I don't have a view from the beginning to the end. Time is a linear right?
I also grew up a Baptist and used to teach a class on the Baptist Faith and Message. While teaching that class I was always acutely aware of the awesome responsibility and reverence with which we handle God's word and that linkage to the doctrine of soul competency. Ultimately that's what it comes down to; soul competency.
It sounds as if you'll prayerfully make your decision based on the best possible information at hand. Regardless of the out come of this election I'll be happy in any circumstance because "I know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him...." and like the grass and the flowers, I'm just passing through.
FWIW - I'm a Reformed Theology Calvinist. I don't believe we have as much "free will" as we like to think we do.