Should Christians Vote

Dear Brethren,

Every four years, approximately 76 million voters go to the polls to select the president of the United States.  The debates can be exciting and stimulating.  For some, the contest is merely entertainment, but for others, the election rises to the level of a classic battle between good and evil.  Can the practice of voting to select a national leader possibly be wrong in the sight of God?  Many brethren in the major Church of God groups are starting to believe, not only that voting is okay, but also that voting is their civic and patriotic duty.  What does God’s Word say on the matter of voting?

Is voting a sin?

Primaries and national conventions can become thrilling with their debates, promises, celebrations and regalia.  It is very easy for people to get caught up in the spirit and the atmosphere of the challenge.  There are always provoking and exciting promises - a hope for good things, true values, life, freedom, peace, prosperity and lower taxes.  But, the real question is this:  Is involvement in political matters dangerous to our spiritual lives?

Deceived brethren sometimes begin to believe that they can help bring about the Kingdom of God through their human efforts.  They feel that it is right and good to take action - “get involved” and “take a stand," for the sake of our nation.  There can be a natural tendency to want to vote out the "bad," and vote in the "good." And, it is true that in any election there is a party that adheres to morality and religion better than the other side.  But, we must ask ourselves this question, “Whom does God want for president?”  Doesn’t God always want the most “religious” candidate?  Well, the answer might just surprise you.

God is not fighting a loosing battle to save the world, or get His man elected.  The Bible teaches that God sets up as leaders whomever He wants, but they are not always what we would expect.  God has given mankind six thousand years to learn some basic lessons of what happens when mankind does not live according to God’s will.  God sometimes sets up over nations the basest of leaders – low lifes, right from the bottom of the barrel. “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men.”  (Daniel 4:17)

Have you ever considered that in “picking the best person for the job,” you might just be voting against the very person that God has selected for the job?  A vote for your candidate would be in fact, a vote against God’s Will.  “But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”  (Acts 5:39)  Those who vote in worldly elections apparently believe they know the plan of God.

There comes a time when God will allow a nation to decline according to His purposes.  Then, He will establish a base leader over that nation to bring about its demise.  God's selection of a candidate may be someone who would slip into abject lawlessness, and not be the upright contender who would try to maintain a semblance of law, morality, religion and patriotism.

But, the fact of the matter is that we do not really know what is in someone’s mind and heart.  Sometimes a public official will be exposed, off camera, for the heel he actually is.  But for the most part, we cannot begin to know the contestants the way God knows them.  Even the prophet Samuel thought that he could, “pick the right man for the job.”  Samuel thought he would recognize who should be the next king over Israel. “It came to pass, when they were come, that [Samuel] looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.  But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man seeth; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”  (1Samuel 16:6-7)

Daniel realized that it is God who establishes and removes powerful rulers.  “Daniel answered and said, blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And He changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings.” (Daniel 2:20-21)  It does not matter how many people want their candidate to succeed, God decides who will rule.  “The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen to naught: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.”  (Psalms 33:10)  We have six thousand years to learn that man's best efforts come to ruin.  In the end, the “will of the people” has no power or effect, because God is in charge of the outcome of elections.

There is a much more important reason that it is absolutely wrong for Christians to involve themselves in party politics and voting.  It has to do with our focus and priority.  We look to God for everything, because we are children of the Kingdom.  If we were to campaign, contribute, or vote for a political candidate, we would be pulling for that nominee to win.  To our spiritual detriment, seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness could easily become secondary to the affairs of men.  Seek you first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  (Matthew 6:33-34)

Let’s understand that in God’s eyes, and as Christians, we aren’t even qualified to vote in local or national elections.  Why?  The answer is because; we do not possess dual citizenship.  “No man can serve two masters."  (Matthew 6:24)  At our baptism, we renounced the things of this world - including, our citizenship here on earth.  “Our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 3:20)  Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”  (John 18:36)  Christians, even now, are part of God's Kingdom.

We are not a part of this world, and we are not deceived as this world is deceived.  Satan is the ruler of this present evil world and all who are not called out of this world are still a part of this deceived world (2 Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 12:9).  Even though we are not citizens here on earth, we are to be good citizens and peaceably follow man’s rules and law in order to be a light to this present evil world by the way that we live our lives (Matthew 5:14).

“Brethren, you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a special  people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  Who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your citizenship honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” (1 Peter 2:9-15)

The Bible says this, "... When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn."  (Proverbs 29:2)  There is a lot of sorrowful mourning going on around our world today.  That word, "righteous" - you know, the Bible has all the answers!  You have a question?  The Bible has the answer.  What does it mean to be righteous?  Righteousness is defined as obedience to God.  Righteousness, is keeping the Commandments of God.  But the Bible goes on to tell us that there are none righteous"There is none righteous, no, not one."  (Romans 3:10)  What then is needed is a realization of this fact by individuals and for there then to be repentance on their part, and for them then to draw close to the mind of God.  "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."  (James 4:8)

Here in the United States we print on our dollar bills the words "In God we Trust" - but does we?  No, instead, we trust in our military power.  We trust in the power of our money.  This brings up the question as to how anyone who is trying to obey every word of God, can be a politician in today's world.  Undoubtedly there are occasions when God does see that certain individuals rise to a particular position in order that His, God's plans, will be fulfilled.

Today's politicians are intent on winning the election and getting power and control over the citizens and, at the same time, gain as much as they can for themselves.  Having achieved power they immediately apply policies that they calculate will be the ones most likely to get themselves re-elected at the next election.  Their policies are not primarily formulated with the well-being and prosperity of the nation in mind, or peace throughout the world.

The Bible tells us that people cannot walk, or work, together, unless they are in agreement.  In the New Testament it puts it this way: "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?"  (2 Corinthians 6:14)  The Bible makes it clear that although we live in the world if we are to obey God we are inevitably going to be going a different direction.  How then can the politician who wishes to live by every word of God which, as the Bible tells us we are to do, take a part in the governmental and religious systems of today's world?  These systems are collectively described as Babylon.  The dictionary defines it as "the great source and reservoir of enmity to God, as well as the product of the "one mind" which gives power and authority to false gods."

The Bible says this of the people of Britain and America, "... they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." (Romans 10:2) Of the confused system as a whole it tells us "not be conformed to this world; but - it continues - be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."  (Romans 12:2)  It also says to us that "There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."  (Proverbs 16:25)

In order to be transformed we have to examine our present religious beliefs.  Are they really from the Bible?  Most people have grown up with the beliefs and practices that they have without checking if they are indeed the Word of God.

Have you ever questioned your religious beliefs?  Are they really to be found in the Word of God. The Bible, God's Word, outlines how the world came about, how it was populated, what the purpose is for Man on earth.  What the future holds for mankind.  What he is to become.  It has the answer to the question, "Is death the end?"  It will be for some!  Would that include you?  How do you know!

Can two walk together except they be agreed?  The answer is No!  Can you be part of this world's systems of government, both civil government and religious, and obey God?  Again, the answer is No!  The answer is, as the Bible says, "Seek you the Lord while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near."  (Isaiah 55:6)


Sermon:  "Should Christians Vote"