Saturday, August 28, 2010

Voting

With us entering the political season (although it is beginning to seem more and more like a year-round thing), I want to take today to speak about voting.  No, I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but I will say that we should all vote.  I want to talk about what we as Christians should be looking for in our leaders.

First let's take a look at the purpose of and how we as Christians should relate to government:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Romans 13:1-7 NKJV
First of all, we see we are subject to the governing authorities, providing those rules are not against the rules of God.  Remember, man can not usurp God's authority and by the examples of men like Daniel and the Apostles, we see that we are to disobey government when the law is in violation of God's law.  Otherwise, they are our earthly leaders.  Sure, they lie and steal and take away our rights and freedoms, but God warned us that would happen if we did not live directly under His authority:
And he said, "This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants." 1 Samuel 8:11-17 NKJV
Kind of sounds like our government doesn't it?  We may want to change to a different set of rulers and things may get a little better or a little worse, but the fact is this is what a wordly government will provide.  So by voting, do not think you will change the fact that no matter who is in office, there will not be the complete freedom that we so look for until Christ returns to rule and reign.  So, the first principle is to be realistic.  No one who you vote for is going to provide truly Godly governance because man is not perfect.

So what do we look for in a leader?  First of all, the man should be Christian.  God's guidance is ultimately the best guidance and if someone does not know God, how can that person seek His guidance?  I know many call themselves Christians and we bend over backwards making so many excuses for them that it really makes me sick.  By Christian, I mean Christian, solidly Christian.  I do not recall a politician who has ever said clearly and unequivocally that Jesus is Lord.  At least no one ever elected.  And why aren't those solid Christian elected?  Because we as Christians do not vote for them.

That brings me to my second point.  God (and I know this will be a shocker for many) is not a Republican.  He is not a Democrat either.  When we choose a leader we should choose people not parties.  I know the argument that voting for a so-called "third party candidate" is a waste of vote and we are only hurting the lesser of 2 evils of the major parties running. It is only a wasted vote if we keep believing the lie that it is.  If we all voted for a third party, that party would not be so small anymore.  As for "the lesser of 2 evils", well, less evil is still evil.  Should we vote for any evil at all?  Does God ever tell us to choose "less" evil as opposed to "more" evil?  No, God tells us to choose right.  We are not to compromise as Christians.  Stop being manipulated into believing the only choice is less evil.  I know Christians who vote for a pro-abortion candidate just because he was a Republican.  Are you kidding?  How can anyone who believes that it should be legal to slaughter babies be qualified to be a ruler in your life? You are subjecting yourself under the authority of a baby killer!

Other than being a Christian, we should select someone who shows a knowledge and respect for our Constitution.  Why?  Because while we do not have a king in this nation, we do have a  Constitution as our highest authority.  It is, in a sense, our "king" in that all our laws and how our government interacts with us is supposed to be in line with that document.  That, or course, is not the case and we see all the problems we are having today.  That document is meant to restrain government and grant us our freedoms.  It is being used for quite the opposite today and that needs to stop.  A true Christian will respect that because the primary oath for any office is to uphold and defend that Constitution.

I am not trying to steer you in any particular way, so I will cut today short.  I just want to encourage you to be involved in the process, go out and vote, but make sure you vote righteously.  Look for man or woman who will seek God in all their decisions, someone who declares Jesus as Lord unashamedly, and someone who will uphold the document he takes an oath to uphold.  The only wasted vote, is a vote for evil, not matter how "less."  Don't look at empty promises or party affiliation or any of those other shallow issues.
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

2 comments:

  1. WAIT, God's NOT a Republican?!?!
    I love "vote righteously"! Good stuff, it needs to be said...and done!!

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  2. Vote righteously indeed. I am often frustrated by the dearth of good, Christian candidates from which to choose. Sometimes, "none of the above" is the only candidate for whom I can vote in good conscience.

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