Should Christians Vote?

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Tomorrow is Election Day. Voters will flood the booths to nominate the 45th President of the United States. While there are various third-party and independent candidates, attention has been fixed all year on the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Many feel obligated to vote. They view it as their duty, and a way to directly influence our government. This sense of obligation holds sway over many Christians as well. But are we required to vote? Is it something we must do?

Should I Vote?
Some say voting is our “civic and Christian duty.” In other words, we are obligated to vote as citizens of America and believers in Jesus Christ. But voting is not a duty; it is a right. And rights may be exercised at our discretion. Nothing in the law requires us to vote.

Nothing in the Bible requires us to vote either. The Bible commands us to pay taxes (Matthew 21:21; Romans 13:6), submit to the government (Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13), and pray for government officials (1 Timothy 2:1-2). But it never tells us to vote or be involved in political activities.

Voting gives us a small measure of influence. But ultimately, it does nothing to improve the moral and spiritual climate of our country. If you truly want to “make America great again,” devote yourself to holiness. Be the “salt” and “light” Jesus expects you to be (Matthew 5:13-16).

A single act of obedience to Jesus is far more powerful than a single vote.

How Should I Vote?
As Christians and citizens, voting is our choice. You may vote or not vote at your own discretion. And you should not let anyone pressure you to vote or not vote. If it seems good and your conscience allows it, vote; if not, don’t. If you choose to vote, keep these suggestions in mind:

First, consider all the issues. Many Christians consider only two issues: abortion and gay marriage. This is foolish because neither of these issues is going away. It is also foolish because there are many other issues facing our country. Your vote should be based on a consideration of all the relevant issues, not just these two.

Second, promote the gospel. Many vote in order to advance their personal kingdoms. As Christians, we must vote to advance the kingdom of God. Which candidate offers a platform most conducive to the promotion of the gospel? Which candidate’s presidency will make our country likeliest to realize its need for Jesus?

Third, don’t put your hope in worldly politicians. In every election, America seeks a Savior – someone to solve our problems, defeat our enemies, and procure our happiness. It is foolish to hope in worldly politicians. The only One who can truly, permanently improve our country is He who rules at the right hand of God – King Jesus.

Why I Don’t Vote
During each election, I choose not to vote. One reason is my conscience won’t allow it. I’m not informed enough about the candidates or their platforms to endorse any of them in good conscience. It seems impossible to find information that is objective and unbiased.

Another reason is my convictions don’t require it. I will submit to the next President no matter who they are. And I pledge allegiance to another kingdom, a heavenly one that cannot be shaken by worldly affairs. I will fight for the expansion of that kingdom no matter what the political situation might be.

Do you think Christians should vote? How do you reconcile voting with your faith? Leave your thoughts by sharing a comment below!

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3 thoughts on “Should Christians Vote?

  1. Many nations do not have the freedom of religion. I am thankful that God has given us a government that does not persecute Christians. Of course human political systems are inherently flawed because humans in their present state are flawed, but as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another, so we should work together in civil settings with our fellow citizens towards equality and progress.

    I am also thankful for the educational opportunities our government creates for American citizens. Hillary Clinton has proved that she is willing to fight for education. Her website says, “Hillary will ensure that every child can fulfill his or her God-given potential.” Here’s an interesting article on her stance on K-12 education:

    https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/k-12-education/

    However, I agree with you that our ultimate hope should not rest in a human system: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save” (Psalm 146:3). Like you said, we should not look to politics for a Savior. Nevertheless, as Christians we should honor, serve and uphold the government as long as we do not violate the Lord’s will.

    Although Hillary is liberal, she is more tactful and diplomatic than Trump, she has extensive political experience, she would be the first female president (which makes a bold statement to oppressive nations that deny women’s rights), and more. You are right that too many people get hung up on two issues, which to me, do not fall under the jurisdiction of civil government. Abortion and same sex marriage are an individual’s choice; the government cannot impose morality – it cannot force someone to eat more broccoli just like it cannot force someone to follow Christ. In my opinion, it should remain neutral on these issues. I wish America were a theocracy, but in the present state of the world, that is not plausible. We need to work with the cards we have been dealt, making the most of our hand.

    All in all, Hillary seems to offer more fertile soil to the gospel because she acts more compassionately towards the minorities and underprivileged in the nation. Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric divides people and desensitizes them to hateful speech and violence.

    No matter who wins, God will still be on the throne come Wednesday.

  2. We Christians are simply trying to PRESERVE and PROTECT the rights and liberties that we Americans have enjoyed from the founding of our Republic. We are the ones who take seriously our nation’s founding creed: that “all men are created equal and endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” meaning virtue.

    Our Founders recognized that true rights come not from government, but from God Himself. Government must not take those rights away.

    And to protect those rights, we must vote.

    Yes, the elections are upon us. Don’t be intimidated. Do not retreat to the sidelines.

    Go out and vote for the candidate of your choice. Vote as your conscience informs you. And yes, allow your faith to inform your conscience. But today of all days, thank God we still live in a free nation. So speak out. Exercise your right. Fulfill your duty. Go and vote!
    From Breakpoint 11/8/16

  3. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
    -2 Timothy 2:3-4

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