Should Christians Vote?
Written by Charles Bedwell
This may sound like a strange question to many, but it is nonetheless a question very important to answer. As it so happens, it is very important that all people seeking to follow Jesus Christ have a firm understanding of what is actually going on in this world today. Many professing Christians of all denominations in America today are polarized in one political direction or the other. Some have even gone so far as to say, "If you do not vote in this election, then you are helping Satan to carry out his destruction on this country". While I do not condemn the act of voting itself, I believe it is necessary to evaluate this mindset and to spiritually ask ourselves if we should be taking part in this.
Does NOT voting mean you are helping Satan? Do you see the religious baiting with this question? People will make others feel as if they MUST vote for one political party or the other, thinking that they are either serving God by supporting one or serving Satan by supporting the other. Is this really true? To start off with, there is something very important that many professing Christians are forgetting - GOD is in control! That's right friends, our God KNOWS what is happening in this world. God Himself sets up kings in this world, and He also allows Satan to do his temporary work in this world, that the will and word of Jehovah may be fully fulfilled in every aspect. Do we wish to serve the will of God? Then we may need to re-evaluate our thoughts and actions if we have become politically active to the point of serving one political party or the other. Have a look at what the prophets and apostles thought about this:
Daniel 2:20-21 ...'Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.'
John 19:11 ...'Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.'
Now Study the New Testament and see if you can find ONE example of Jesus or His disciples getting involved in politics. Are we not to follow their example?
Men of God have faith and know that there is nothing to fear if we are following Jesus Christ. We should neither fear neighbor nor political authority. No man has authority over you unless it is granted to him from God above, so fear not! Not only should we not fear our governing authorities, but we should also not speak harshly about them in a way to stir up strife against them. Paul gives us a bit of direction on this as well.
Romans 13:1,2,5 ...'Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation ... Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.'
Important Note: We are to obey the authorities of this world, as long as the laws of the land do not go against the commandments of God.
Remember, we have Jesus as our ultimate example. As the Lamb of God brought before the authorities to be slaughtered, He spoke NO evil against those wrongly persecuting Him. The Pharisees and scribes actually proclaimed lies against Jesus in an attempt to encourage judgment from Pilate, and yet Jesus still did not speak out and defend Himself. Because of the great love in His heart, He did not proclaim, "You lie!" Though He was justified to speak out and though He IS the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He allowed these men to persecute Him.
Isaiah 53:7 ...'He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.'
Who else was better justified to revolt than Jesus? No one. Let this be on your heart and mind as you contemplate the rest of the words in this article. Did not the same Jesus teach us to turn the other cheek when we are stricken? Did not the same Jesus teach us to give our cloak to the one who takes away our tunic? Did not the same Jesus teach us to walk an extra mile with those who force us to walk one with them? This same selflessness should then also reflect our willingness to respect and obey those who are appointed over us. The only reason for deliberately disobeying human law is in the case of being forced to break God's law. In that case, our consciences and hearts should empower us to calmly and peacefully elevate God above man. Peter and the other apostles always listened to what their authorities told them, except for one particular case in which we should follow the same example:
Acts 5:27-29 ...'And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.'
If you are ever commanded to close your mouth regarding the truth in God's word, you should not remain silent. In trusting faith, proclaim God's truth to this lost world, even in spite of certain persecution. And please remember this vital point: If the government enforces a law that goes against any one of God's commandments, then we are to reject that law in favor of God's law. The law of Jehovah always comes first.