The Comfort Influencer

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So I gather there is such a thing nowadays gaining ground, comfort influencer. People find themselves gravitating towards comfort on social media, especially during this unstable and rapidly changing time.

And why not!? It is totally needed! It’s like “Hey you’re going through something?” “Yea, me too! How did you get through that? Follow!”

There are all things comfort, comfort food, comfort pillow, comfort zone; and I love that! My husband and I have gained some weight recently due to comfort food. My kids love a good “huggie pillow.” I love a great worship album such as those of Victory Worship, and Every Nation. (Hopefully no one listens to Bethel, Hillsong, Elevation, Kari Jobe or anyone from New Apostolic Reformation camp anymore)

The newly released Filipino songs of Victory Worship – Ligtas, Paghilom, Lilim, Maghari; are incredibly comforting to me. I’m immensely blessed they released that! Tahan Na, ironically, makes me cry more than it makes me “tahan.” 🙂

In the same way, I’m equally blessed that our friends in Dumaguete and Davao churches have started to release Visayan versions as well. I’m not Visayan, but my husband is. (I’m good in speaking Visayan, and by good I mean I’m good in making people laugh when I speak it) 🙂

Longing for comfort inherently means there is something in us genuinely uncomfortable, and we need something to help us deal with that.

It’s good we recognize we are uncomfortable! We in fact inherited sin from our first parents. We are in our sinful natural bodies, wherein its natural for us to sin. It just cannot be helped.

Matthew 15 says “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” It also says the heart is incredibly deceitful.

That’s why we have this broken world. That’s why if you look at it, all jobs are hard, marriage is hard, parenting is hard. Sometimes it takes a good admitting. Life is, in general, a string of struggles connected to one another. It’s not that all of it is hard, but that it’s never free of struggle, we get over one thing, another one is waiting by the curbside.

Thankfully we are being renewed everyday in Christ. Thankfully, in as much as we were saved once, we are constantly being sanctified.

I love tuning in to most influencers, we’re friends with the Bonifacios. Mad respect! They sure have been through a lot, and they do a great job encouraging others too! Post-World War II, our modern times, I don’t think there has been more need for encouragement than now in this Covid pandemic.

Still, social media encouragement is ultimately – screen time, and whether we admit it or not, screen time is, at the end of the day, draining. We really cannot be simply watchers, we need something more, real relationships that “teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness”; hopefully, and best done, done in church community – which is actually what Pastor Joe would always encourage people to do.

The need for comfort is always there. The question in our hearts is always what is your comfort? Thankfully in Christ there is the answer.

My only comfort, in life and in death is that I am not my own, but I belong wholly, body and soul, to my Savior, Jesus Christ. But what does this really mean? I am kept by Him. That comforts me so much in that, whatever calamity or discomfort that may occur here, I am in Him, His presence protects, sustains, and preserves, and in death, I am with Him in heaven. That reassurance makes me enjoy earthly life in waiting for that future hope, it makes me understand why ultimately nothing here 100% satisfies. That is my comfort. Jesus is our only comfort, here we see a ton of beautiful and joyful glimpses, but there it is even indescribably complete. 🙂

A Wise State of Mind, Part 3: Her Tongue

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Lifted right out of Nancy Wolgemuth’s “Adorned,” here are some of her practical examples of a wise and unwise woman, specifically her tongue.

UNWISEWISE
Says whatever comes to mind without hesitatingSlow to speak, words are measured, thinks first
Talks too much Good listener
Quick to vent anger/frustrationQuick to praise/give thanks
Wounds/belittles/tears downWords minister grace/blessing/encouragement
ExaggeratesCareful with the truth
Speaks roughlyGracious, pure words
ArgumentativeHumble/yields the right to be right
Excessive shyness/fearful to talkBlesses others by speaking good words in due season

I realize these are true of us at one time or another, thus the importance of saying sorry unto the Lord and then unto others (especially our husband and kids!)

Now this takes a bit of intentionality. But definitely, bridling our tongue, and being a blessing by way of words isn’t accomplished by more self-will & determination, but rather a dependence on God and His Spirit’s enabling grace.

Lord, may we call on to You for bridling our tongue, blessing people with our words, in season and out of season, may You enable us to continue building people up, bring healing with our words to all around us, and especially spread kindness and loving discipline to our kids too, in Jesus name, Amen!

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 12:18

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

Prayer Series: Christlikeness

One thing I know for sure that we can all never graduate from is growing in Christlikeness. That is why I love this prayer of how to grow in specific ways in Christlikeness.

“Dear Father, dawn returns, but without your light within no outward light can profit,

Give me the saving lamp of your Spirit that I may see you, the God of my salvation, the delight of my soul, rejoicing over me in love.

I commend my heart to your watchful care, for I know its treachery and power.

Guard my heart’s every portal from the wily enemy, give me quick discernment of his deadly arts, help me to recognize his bold disguise as an angel of light, and bid him gone.

May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love!

May loiterers be quickened to greater diligence by my example.

May worldly people be won to delight in acquaintance with you.

I commend my heart to your watchful care, for I know its treachery and power.

May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love!

May worldly people be won to delight in acquaintance with you.

Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model, his mind my inward guest, his meekness my covering.

Cause me to be a mirror of your grace, to show others the joy of your service.

May my lips be well tuned cymbals sounding your praise.

Teach me the happy art of attending to things worldly, with a mind on things eternal.

Send me to have compassion on the ignorant and the miserable.

Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model, his mind my inward guest, his meekness my covering.

Let my delight be the gentle ranks of the meek.

Let me always esteem others better than myself, and find true humility an inheritance to two worlds.” (Lifted from Arthur Bennett’s The Valley of Vision)

I’ve heard it to be said that no one goes through this pandemic “unscathed.” I hope that with these sorts of prayers, by His grace, we are able to put the scathing to good use! 🙂

Prayer Series: Coming Up Short

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Everyone has shortcomings. Hardly anyone would admit they don’t have shortcomings, and if we see one not admitting to any, then that there would be his/her shortcoming. If we honestly can’t see any, we just simply have to ask the people closest to us proximally and relationally: “Do I have any shortcoming?”. And if they will be honest with their answers, we’ll discover at least one, for our good, hurtful to accept it may be.

Here are prayers from The Valley of Vision, my favorite prayer book and prayer coach next to the Psalms. In reading and praying them, may we have a heart that receives and repents, and along the way, find freedom in the grace and mercy of the Lord in light of our shortcomings. 🙂

O living God, I bless you that I see the worst of my heart as well as the best of it, that I can sorrow for those sins that carry me from you.

I praise you that it is your deep and dear mercy to threaten punishment so that I may return, pray, and live.

I fall short of your glory everyday by spending hours unprofitably, by thinking that the things I do are good, when they are not done to your end, nor spring from the rules of your Word.

My sin is to look on my faults and be discouraged, or to look on my good and be puffed up.

The best thing I love about occasionally praying using The Valley of Vision is that it trains me to pray in ways I never would do and in words I never would say on my own! In my sinful nature, I normally would not debase myself to admit I’m wrong. But I’m wrong more than once in any given day and I’m thankful for the opportunity to see and acknowledge this brutal truth in these Scriptural prayers by the Puritans.

By and large, people usually balk at the thought of being corrected. But the Word of God is a mirror, and when we look at it, we see ourselves for who we truly are, and thankfully, who we are to be too in Christ, by the grace of God.

With my wrongs, I really do get discouraged at times, and with my rights, I do get puffed up! Even in times I do something good, if I look inside my heart, they can still turn out to be with motives not really aligned with God’s Word. And that makes them nevertheless wrong.

But Scripture teaches me that your active will reveals a steadfast purpose on my behalf, this quiets my soul, and makes me love you.

Keep me always in the understanding that believers mourn for sin than other men, for when they see how great is your wrath against sin, and how Christ’s death alone pacifies that wrath, that makes them mourn the more.

Although we are on this earth, in the already-but-not-yet state, it is indeed not all briars and barrenness, I do indeed have bread from heaven and streams from the rock. I have light by day and fire by night.

Even in this pandemic, we have the delight of food and drink, warmth and comfort of home, God’s presence, and daily mercies by way of continuous relationship! That in itself more than suffices!

I am sometimes discouraged by the way, but though winding and trying it is safe and short.

Death dismays me, but my great high priest stands in its waters, and will open me a passage, and beyond is a better country.

While I live let my life be exemplary, when I die may my end be peace.

More than anything, a lifestyle of prayer characterizes a believer’s apparent need for the Lord. As Bishop Manny Carlos of Every Nation Philippines taught us regarding the benefits of a life of prayer: Self-reliance is at the core of man’s determination, to live on his own terms and in rebellion to God; however, conversion and Lordship lays an axe at the root of that tree of self-reliance left in us.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1: 4-9

Meaning in the Mundane?

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For the homemaker, it seems as if the days go by all the same. You may ask, “Where’s the fun in that? I need to ‘slay’ today!” The homemaker’s routine seems redundant. She might keep telling herself, what is it she’s doing it all for?

When my two kids were smaller, like newborn and two years old ‘smaller’ (no time for blogging at all!), I remember being so frustrated with everything I needed and wanted to do, not having enough time & stamina to get it all done before the next breastfeeding session!

Why is my personal quiet time only 5 minutes long?

Why hasn’t she learned to toilet train yet? We’ve been at it for months!

When will she learn to read? Will I be able to empty the sink anytime soon?

The thickness of my frustrations over myself not being able to accomplish what I want to accomplish would’ve gone through the roof! My expectations from them and even myself were too much anyway. But I don’t think I’m alone in thinking and asking:

“Is this the only thing I‘ll be doing all day everyday? Is this all?”

Well Nancy Wilson of the podcast Femina would respond with a resounding, “YES, it is! But do it with a smile on your face!” 😊

Our culture’s drive—the message it sends—is that we always have to be doing something special, something new and exciting and fun and glittery “out there” in social media.

Social media nowadays seem to apply a tagline which we in the nursing profession always say “If it’s not written, it’s not done.” Inarguably, it just cannot be that way.

It seems that, today, there’s no room for the monotonous, repetitive, mundane tasks. It seems as if the extraordinary is better than the mundane. We may invent new ways to do extraordinary things like get a new hobby, or a new business endeavor, or build new relationships, but eventually it becomes mundane too.

Eve was provided everything in the garden, yet she wanted to be more than what God created and commanded her to be. She wanted to be like God.

The Gospel gives us a better idea though. Jesus’ life was quite the paradox; He was born in an ordinary place, grew up with regular parents and siblings, and even worked a regular job, before He began His public ministry. Yes, He worked extraordinary miracles, but it was alongside time ordinarily spent talking with His disciples. Even His death was by a common criminal’s punishment, and yet, in all of that ordinariness, He accomplished His most extraordinary mission of redemption.

“God works in both the ugly and the mundane, to bring new life, redemption, and His sovereign plan to fruition, and such is the same for those indwelled with the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit as our Helper, we can now reframe, appreciate, and utilize our most mundane moments as a means of grace for others and ourselves.”

Emily Jensen, Risen Motherhood

We could never fully know what God is doing through us. Even the people in the Bible did not fully know how God used them extraordinarily for His purposes! Enoch simply walked with the Lord for hundreds of years, Moses merely obeyed God one step at a time, the woman who washed Jesus’ feet did just that (though shocking, still pretty much an ordinary act those days)—I can go all day. We even read about them thousands of years later, today.

Perhaps the Lord is doing something in me—as I faithfully breastfeed, change diapers, prepare meals, do the dishes, put clean clothes in the drawers, pick up toys for the nth time, and prepare another meal (even if they are very picky!)—to bring about His will for my life, for His glory.

I could be mirroring Jesus as I rally on in another discipline moment over the same old sin issue with my kids, as I walk into my homeschooling tasks happily, as I bathe a child calmly, as I participate in our daily family devos delightfully, and as I respond well to my husband as he leads the family.

As we moms wipe another messy table, fix another bed, follow through in another homeschool read-aloud, supervise our workers—as we faithfully manage our homes—we image God as we bring order to our respective little corner of Creation.

“I trust that there is no mundane moment too small for God’s glory to shine through it.”

Emily Jensen, Risen Motherhood

The ordinary tasks of making a home a place that the family loves to be in and come home to might be dauntingly neverending, moreso, for the mother of kids 0-5; but it is precisely the fertile ground of honoring the Lord in the little things.

Being productive and thoughtful with our time is great, but our deepest longing for purpose, meaning, and glory is only to be found in Christ.

Being productive and thoughtful with our time is great, but our deepest longing for purpose, meaning, and glory is only to be found in Christ.

It may seem routinary for one to fill the kitchen with groceries and good food, but it is truly extraordinary to praise God knowing He is the One never failing to provide these things. It may seem routinary for one to keep on disciplining the wayward child, but it is extraordinary to show kindness, and mercy, to an undeserving sinner in that ‘routine’.

“Being united to Christ, our identity is extraordinary, our calling is magnificent, remember we are part of an epic story with a glorious ending. We are really not that special, but Christ in us is spectacular. He is our hope for glory.”

Emily Jensen, Risen Motherhood

Moms, take heart, we can honor the Lord and mirror His love to those around us simply by doing our everyday mothering tasks excellently, patiently, with a spirit of joy and a heart of love. The meaning of the mundane is in how we honor God with it—in how we reflect our spectacular Savior by displaying the fruit of His extraordinary Spirit.

A Wise State of Mind: Her Mindset and Attitudes

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Titus 2: 3-5,10

They are to teach what is good, so train the young women to love their husbands and children, and to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Previously I’ve posted about the wise woman’s state of mind, specifically emotions. To continue on the series of the wise state of mind, the next segment is: mindset and attitudes.

Lifted from Nancy Wolgemuth’s amazing and beautiful book Adorned, which talks about the Titus 2 woman, these are a few of the hundred examples she has outlined on what a wise woman’s mindset ought to be.

UNWISEWISE
Self-centered:
How does this affect me?
Others-centered:
“How does my behavior affect others?”
Discontented;
entitlement mindset:
“I deserve better”
Contented, humble, grateful,
gives thanks in all circumstances
Seeks escape from pressures and problemsWilling to endure hardship for the sake of ultimate gain/reward
Lacks discernment, not careful about what influences her; lets anything inCareful, discerning regarding what she reads, watches, listens to
Feeds the flesh, flesh controls the spiritFeeds the spirit, restrains the flesh, spiritually, morally, mentally vigilant – heart and mind are grounded and guarded
Impulsive, impetuousExercises restraint and self-government
Victim of her circumstances and pastUses her past as stepping stone to greater fruitfulness
Has good intentions but doesn’t follow through; commitments are short-lived Follows through on commitments, develops godly disciplines
A Sophron woman’s mindset and attitudes

Couldn’t they be more polar opposites? How did you fare? 🙂

Well, this was written before the pandemic! It certainly has been a roller coaster of a year and a half! A ton of man’s plans has changed, but then again the Word is unchanging and eternal!

I’m again thrilled that there is encouragement for those of us painfully aware of our failings amidst our sin nature and circumstances.

Most gratefully, the book continues: “God has never left us to His will on our own, not by our sheer willpower and determination.”

Paul made it clear in this letter to Titus as he was left in Cretan church, that “the wise woman’s state of mind is initiated, produced, and enabled by His Spirit and grace.”

My prayer for us is that we become Titus 2 women, as enabled by His Spirit and grace!

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2:3-5

Let’s Contemplate!

One of the introductions and taglines of my favorite homeschooling podcast Schole Sisters, is scholé everyday.

That segment is simply what are you reading now? (Of the gazillions!) How is it affecting the way you think?

One of Dr. Christopher Perrin‘s 8 Principles of Classical Pedagogy, scholé is about slowing down, engaging in thought, as to the ancient Greeks would say that the highest goal of education is friendship, discussion, seeking, and finding, and exploring the truth, goodness, and beauty in the cosmos and in one another.

Scholé may sound rather intimidating, but it is simply a leisurely, contemplative conversation. It’s a Greek term meaning leisure, from Latin “scola”, and it is where we get our modern word “school.” The modern word for school means leisure!

To us moderns, one of the tensions in the way we were brought up in traditional school is the width and span of topics, versus the depth of it.

Let’s consider Sarah Mackenzie’s Read-Aloud Revival, an encouraging take on the doability of scholé and contemplation.

Their ultimate purpose is to foster good relationship and bonding with your child:

  • What does this character want & why can’t he get that?
  • Should he have done that? Why?
    Thinking in metaphor
  • How are the characters or their items different/alike from each other?
  • Who is the _____ in this story? How and why? When did he show this ______?(Is it bold, capable, charming, considerate,cowardly, creative, dangerous, disloyal, determined, foolish, friendly, generous, grateful, honest, loving, merciful, noble, persistent, pleasant, reliable, resourceful, sad, selfish, sincere, wise?)
  • What does this story remind you of?
  • What does the character fear the most?
  • What would you chamge about this story? This character?
  • What surprised you the most? What did you expect?
  • Which character most reminds you of yourself?
  • Which part is your favorite? What is something you dont want to forget?

On the one hand, why even go deep in a topic? On another, don’t you want to raise thinkers? Surely we have more time for this now, in this pandemic?

Just 1 or 2 of these per reading is enough for a good conversation. Lovely memories are built as we aim for meaningful conversations and lasting connections with our child.

Scholé is good for Mommy first & foremost, she needs time to think deeply, to keep sharp & equipped since and even as she keeps sharpening & equipping her kids!

Certainly, Mommy will “still have her brain with her,” (to recall Susan Wise Bauer) to converse with Daddy, or her friends, long after the kids are gone and the nest is empty. 🙂

Encapsulation and Time

Henrietta Mears, of “What the Bible is All About,” did a wonderful encapsulation. In just the first chapter, she profoundly put it:

  • The Old Testament begins with God (Gen 1:1)
  • The New Testament begins with Christ (Matthew 1:1)
  • From Adam to Abraham we have the history of the human race.
  • From Abraham to Christ we have the history of the chosen race.
  • From Christ on we have the history of the Church.

I can’t believe how direct, simple, and yet profound that is!

As I prepare to begin sitting in in our much awaited Leadership 113 first semester (of 2), I’m very much thrilled to begin to “pick up the pearls in the Scriptures and string them into order from Genesis to Revelation and think through the bible story,” (not that I don’t already do so though), but to do it in a class mode, albeit via Zoom, all together seems rather more enjoyable!

Mears goes on to say when it comes to intentionality in Bible reading:

Do you want to read the Bible through? Leave 80 hours for it. Plot out that time. How much can you give each day? How many days a week? This highly practical proposition should be seized by the very busiest. We are all busy and must make time for it. If we are going to know the Bible, we must give time for it and arrange for it. We must adjust our lives so that time is made.”

Now I’m sure that Netflix, Youtube and even news time will be so much less, but I’m greatly excited to be that disciplined more than ever, and read my bible, (my life!), cover to cover all over again. 🙂

A Wise State of Mind

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…”

Titus 2:11-12

One of my leisure reads now is Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s book Adorned, and it is indeed a beautiful take on how a Titus 2 woman ought to be, by God’s grace. JD bought it for me 3 years ago! The author stresses there that “to be a wise woman does require effort and vigilance on our part, and we tap into the enabling grace of God as we take advantage of the means He has provided for our transformation and growth.”

Now let’s take a look at some (there’s more than a 100) of Nancy’s examples specifically about emotions:

Unwise WomanWise Woman
Emotions controlled by circumstances; lives on emotional roller coasterEmotionally stable, remains calm/doesn’t lose it under pressure
Choices driven by feelings, external pressure, circumstancesChoices driven by the Word of God
Falls apart in a crisisHeart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord; has presence of mind and knows what to do in a crisis
Easily provoked/irritated; flies off the handle quicklySlow to get angry; not easily provoked
Moody, sullen, temperamentalPeaceful, joyful; the joy of the Lord is her strength
When life doesn’t work, becomes angry, resentful, depressed, loses hopeHopes in the Lord; trusts Him, waits on Him to right all wrongs
Fretful, anxiousPrayerful, trusting
A Sophron woman’s emotions

Now I’m positive this was written before the pandemic! O what a year and a half it has been! But then again the Word is unchanging and eternal!

Well, I’m certainly thrilled there’s encouragement for those of us who are painfully aware of our failings amidst our sin nature and circumstances.

Most gratefully, the book continues: “God has never left us to His will on our own, not by our sheer willpower and determination.” Paul made it clear in this letter to Titus as he was left in Cretan church, that “the wise woman’s state of mind is initiated, produced, and enabled by His Spirit and grace.”

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2:3-5

Suffrage: How Should a Christian View Politics?

A quick definition of suffrage – a right of voting. It has certainly fallen out of usage! Globally, fighting for and significant wins towards suffrage for women in national and local elections ranged in the 1840’s to 1920’s. In the Philippines, the winning date was 30 April 1937 – women were allowed to vote!

Suffrage, as with thousands of English words, comes from Latin, suffragium, which originally meant to pray for or intercede, but which was later broadened to voting.

Incidentally, this fits right in to the era of my current favorite leisure series, Downton Abbey. Set in 1918 Britain, Lady Sybil was their down-to-earth, interesting, and forward-thinking daughter who advocated for women’s right to vote.

So, as I sat there in the Comelec (Commision on Elections) waiting area, all decked in face mask & face shield, expecting to have my voter’s registration transferred to my current city, as well as changed to my married name, it got me thinking about what has transpired through the years before I got to this place.

I mean, being a free country, a sovereign democracy, with a young woman like me having a privilege to vote.

It was not so long ago that women were not allowed to vote. It was not so long ago that our country was in a Martial Law. So it is indeed a privilege, one that is easily taken for granted.

An Ombudsman of the Philippines 10-page Citizen-Voter Education Module entitled “Your Vote, Our Future.,” states that the human right to vote is embodied in three instruments:

We are governed by these documents which all mandate universality of right, equality in access to public service, and secrecy of votes.

What is the Ombudsman? The thought of it takes me back to college days in Makati Med, we were the only college there, right smack in the Central Business District, walking around and eating where corporate workers and executives walked and ate. We frequently passed by the Ombudsman’s office. I didn’t know it then, but it was the government agency tasked to investigate and prosecute government officials accused of crimes, especially graft and corruption.

Waiting Online?

One thing that hit me too was that in the days before the Kindle, the smartphone and Facebook or Spotify, we humans used to do either of two things while waiting in line:

  • stare blankly somewhere, 🙂 or
  • make new friends.

Seeing as I had too many errands and forgot the Kindle at home, I just settled for my usual upbeat lo-fi beats on Spotify to pass the time. Sadly, unlike my husband who is apparently good at it despite his introversion (for purposes of evangelism), I on the other hand wasn’t able to make new friends, as most of the ladies in the voters’ registration queue were absorbed in their phones playing games and scanning Facebook.

In the end I got my details in and was successfully transferred here. I can vote here now! Granted that must be my last government identification to be changed to married name (after 8 years!), and the elections will still be in May 2022, but I’m excited!

But Why Vote?

Most certainly, God is in control, but surely, we can’t just do nothing to further His will. It is our duty and responsibility; to give to Ceasar what is due Ceasar; to do everything as unto the Lord; and to submit to our local authorities (provided they are not making us do anything dishonoring to God).

I understand that even among believers politics can spark heated debates. That’s why our leaders and mentors wouldn’t ever endorse or talk about any political candidates and we don’t do so as well. We simply choose the candidates to vote wisely as to the best options there are, do our part, and trust God for the results.

Voting and positions on issues also don’t have to be choosing just one political party. Timothy Keller would say in a New York Times article: “For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments.”

Also, ultimately, it is the Lord that puts people in authority, He merely uses circumstances for His purposes. The Lord even put and used Daniel and Joseph in powerful pagan governments!

"For this has been decreed by the messengers;
    it is commanded by the holy ones,
so that everyone may know
    that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world.
He gives them to anyone he chooses—
    even to the lowliest of people.”
Daniel 4:17 NLT

“Political entities are not the savior of the world. The salvation for all mankind has been manifested in Jesus Christ. God knew that our world needed saving long before any national government was ever founded. He demonstrated to the world that redemption could not be accomplished through the power of man, economic strength, military might, or politics. Peace of mind, contentment, hope, and joy—and the salvation of mankind—are provided only through Jesus’ death and resurrection.”

How Should a Christian View Politics, Gotquestions.org

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Daniel 2:21 ESV