The Christian Voter

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by Richard Mansel, assistant editor

When a Christian prepares to vote there are certain key principles that come to bear, regardless of the candidates in the race (Romans 13:1-4).

After being immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:27), and added to his church (Acts 2:47) and walking according to Christ’s call (Ephesians 4:1), we remain in the kingdom and bear his name (1 John 1:7).

Accordingly, we do not cease to be Christians. We do not have the right to partition sections of our lives as belonging to God, reserving the rest for ourselves. He must have all of us.

God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He has given us Scripture that we use as our pattern to know what his will is for our lives (John 12:48; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 1:13). In the Bible, we learn that we are to put his will above our own in everything (Luke 14:27; Romans 6:3-4).

When we enter the voting booth, we bear the sobering responsibility to vote as a Christian. Our Bibles must matter more than any other criterion. God’s plan must reign supreme in the life of the Christian. In other words, we must vote Christian.

One of the most powerful quotes ever uttered by man is attributed to Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This sobering thought should spur us to vote and to be involved.

Some argue that we cannot vote as Christians because the perfect candidate does not exist. An illustration is helpful in answering this charge.

Two Christian teenagers go to a public school, where they are the only Christians. They will have non-Christian friends. Will their friends be perfect? No. However, we will want them to have friends who, while flawed, have characters that will benefit them. We do not want them to have friends who will do them harm. Sin is sin but some sins have greater consequences.

Which would affect us the most: someone gossiping about us or killing us? Both are wrong and sinful. However, one clearly impacts our lives more than the other.

Voting is like this. We will not find perfect secular candidates. As Christians, we must decide which issues are most important to us as children of God and to society.

How will our vote affect the moral condition of the country? How will it affect the laws of the land and our religious freedoms? Will our vote be for someone who will appoint judges that will uphold the Constitution or create new laws, such as abortion, so sin can prevail?

Christians, for example, will vote for pro-choice candidates because of their economic policies and then complain about the increase in abortions. We cannot be naive in thinking that our votes do not have consequences.

Christians must remember that moral issues do touch their lives. For example, a movement is under way to criminalize preaching and teaching. If we teach the clear teachings of Scripture that homosexuality is sin (Romans 1:26-27), then we may be sued or incarcerated.

If we vote for candidates who seek to legalize this insanity, we have made a grievous error in judgment and helped empower their sin.

Please vote and do so with prayer and Scriptural reflection. God will be watching.

6 Replies to “The Christian Voter”

  1. Thank for this devotional today..I have just been having this very conversation with family and friends and have been amazed at the number of Christians who are confused about who to vote for..I keep saying “Vote your Values!”..we will not have the opportunity to elect a perfect person but we must vote “against” those who will push unGodly policies by voting for the candidates who will try to follow God and His Ways.
    Most of all, we must PRAY..America, again, stands at a cross roads..we need be counted on God’s Side!!

  2. 559 words according to Microsoft Word – definitely an article for our church bulletin for next Lord’s Day. Thank you very much for this timely, well written article.
    May the Lord be with you…

  3. I’m in the non-voting group, but for me it’s not about finding the perfect candidate or not. As we’ve discussed in the past, to me it’s a question of citizenship. Mine lies elsewhere.
    Hope you have a great day!
    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  4. Richard I wish every christian could read your article.I am amazed at how many christians think they can seperate their spiritual lives from their social lives.I had an excellent talk with your dad last night about this very thing>to many christians are worried about their wallets instead of their souls.I would hate to stand before God in the day of judgement knowing I had voted for someone who supports abortion and homosexuality.

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