Quite a thorny issue, voting. This passage in Mark 8:27-38 seems to be a very good ethic for Christians as they vote. It is extremely important to vote wisely, since our country is at a crossroads as never before in history.
Verse 33 of the passage, Mark 8:27-38
33 But turning around [with His back to Peter] and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying,
“Get behind Me, Satan; for your mind is not set on God’s will or His values and purposes, but on what pleases man.”
Politics is an integral part of life.
Can’t escape it. And who says we are to set aside part of our life and never deal with it – biblically? Not God, that’s for sure. I can’t go for that! (video of Cee Lo Green and Daryl Hall – I Can’t Go For That).
Jesus taught to obey our government — up to a point. That limit point is when the government requires us to disobey God: Acts 4:19-20; Acts 5:27-32
“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves]; 20 for we, on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4:19-20
“We must obey God rather than men [we have no other choice]. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross [and you are responsible]. 31 God exalted Him to His right hand as Prince and Savior and Deliverer, in order to grant repentance to Israel, and [to grant] forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has bestowed on those who obey Him.” – Acts 5:27-32
Voting for President is not being disobedient to God. Voting is part of “being in the world, but not of this world”.
Jesus said, “…pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” – Verse 20 of Matthew 22:15-22
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists [governmental] authority resists the ordinance of God….” – Verses 1-2 of Romans 13:1-7
“Not vote” – Suggested by Fred Price Jr and John Piper!
It is absurdly stupid to suggest that Christians not vote, saying that voting for “the lesser of two evils” is in itself evil – just because both candidates have past moral failures, and are not perfect men. How crazy is that?
A “no-vote” is one less vote for the good guys! Good doesn’t just happen by osmosis. It comes about by righteous voters voting for ..what is good. Not vote? Really?
“The lesser of two evils” is all the choice we have – almost every time around (if you believe that way), but it is our God-given responsibility to vote for the best option. Let’s vote our principles this coming election.
For more about the absurd idea of NOT Voting:
Interesting points here: David Platt on how Christians should approach election
Which candidate has in the past, and will in the future, if serving in 2021 – be working toward what most closely aligns with God’s will, His values, and His purposes? With this biblical voting ethic in mind: The entire platform of both parties must be compared – to see which one most closely is truly –
set on God’s will, His values and His purposes
This year the choice is quite simple, actually.
In America we do not choose a President –
- according to whether he is a Christian – or not
- nor according to whether he/she is good-looking or a good football player, etc
- nor according to whether he/she matches our picture of a godly person
We are not electing a Christian for pastor of our nation. Thank God for that. We elect Presidents. We want our nation and the world to be full of Christians, but we live in a democracy, and we want to be fair to peoples of all faith, seeing as how, in this nation, we are “one people”, of many faiths. (We must wait for Jesus himself to setup His righteous Millenium. Not now.)
Maybe, since we know NOT the candidate’s heart, we must assume we know not if they are born again. But that is not the point of the election. Basically we have two options, two parties. His job will be to lead a nation, and we want him to lead us and his party and our nation — into health, wealth and prosperity, and, as much as is possible in a secular government that has forsaken God, we want a President who shares our values, and –
God’s will, His values and His purposes.
We are electing the best man for the job of President of these United States of America. Compare the two men and their running partner (for VP). Then ask yourself: which team will best lead our country and his political party. And consider, which one most represents our values. What is his record showing us about what he will do from 2021-2025? Will he himself and his party be –
set on God’s will, His values and His purposes
(as much as possible in a secular nation, where at least 48% are anti-God and ungodly).
Vote. Save the babies.