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Christians and Voting–Silence or Action?

Whether we like it or not, we will be hearing a steady stream of political ads over the next 90 days.  Candidates for federal, state and local office will be telling us why they are the candidates we should vote for and how they are the solution to all that ails our nation in these trying days.

I am noticing a growing thought in some Christian circles that involvement in the political process is futile—with some even suggesting it is unbiblical to promote candidates or even to vote—that we should just let God sort things out politically while we concentrate on our individual growth with God.  Now with all due respect I think this is not the path we should walk as Christians.

The government of this nation is far from perfect and certainly no political candidate is the answer to the problems we face in this nation.  Only repentance and turning back to God will save this nation.  However as Christians and citizens of this nation, we have a responsibility to do what we can to elect leaders who will lead this nation back to its early philosophy of government—a government built on the servant leadership example of Jesus Christ Himself, who said “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”.

Now some argue that Paul taught we are to submit to the governing authorities as he taught in Romans Chapter 13.  However when you read this chapter carefully Paul is talking about governing authorities who are God’s servants doing His good, not ungodly leaders.  And regarding submission to our earthly authorities, we must remember one fact—our government was established so our leaders would serve the people, not rule over them.  This is very clear in our Constitution, Bill of Rights and in the writings of this nation’s founding fathers.  In other words, the President and congressmen we elect are not our governing authorities—they are servants of the people, there to protect the God-given rights outlined in our nation’s founding documents.

We the people of this nation are governed by the laws and rights expressed in the constitution—an amazing document that noted all the rights of men come from God alone.  But over the past 60 years, our political leaders have slowly replaced the authority of the constitution with their own beliefs on authority—that they are rulers instead of stewards.

Look there are no perfect men or women running for office in 2012—never have been and never will be.  But the fact remains that this nation was founded on Judeo Christian law and principles, and unless we return to that framework our nation is headed right off a moral, economic and spiritual cliff.  These governing officials have brought many tragedies upon us as a people, including the deaths of more than 50 million children to legal abortion, and now a sweeping move to legalize homosexual marriage—both severe affronts to God.

We have been given a human form of government that at its onset recognized our rights come from God alone and the government was solely there to preserve those rights.  The Christian churches in this nation were empowered to make sure they held our public officials and the culture responsible to not sway from biblical principles.  Christians in this nation need to come to grips with what our role is in human government.  Our choice is to sit out and do nothing, or be light and salt at a time when it is needed most.  The choices we make will have important consequences not only for this nation, but for the condition of Christianity in this nation moving forward.

 

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8 Responses to “Christians and Voting–Silence or Action?”

  1. Timothy Kwoh #

    What is the Scriptural teaching of godly government?-A simple list

    It is necessary to know what the Scriptures clearly teach regarding principles of government since it is mentioned extensively throughout Scripture. Since government/state is one of the institutions that God has given man as well the family and the church, then it is imperative that we follow this directive given to us: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

    The question naturally arises: “What is God’s perfect will of the matter of government?”. We have 2 very direct answers from the Word of God on this. First answer comes from the last words of King David and the second answer from Jethro’s advice to Moses. The last words of King David to his son, Solomon, which was clearly given by the whole of the Holy Trinity to him:

    “1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (II Samuel 23:1-3)

    And also:

    “21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.” (Exodus 18:21, 22)

    Clearly, the ruler must be a God-fearing, righteous minded individual who loves truth and hates evil and seeks to direct the nation/kingdom in the direction of righteousness. We have confirmation of this in the New Testament in the directive given by the Apostle Paul in Romans 13:1-7:

    “1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” (Romans 13:1-7)

    Notice that this is God’s minister not Satan’s minister that this is directed at for the purpose of punishing evil with the sword and for defending the good. God’s minister in office must not be a panderer to the wicked but an executioner of the wicked and a defender of the good and righteous. In addition, there is another directive given in Psalm 82:3, 4:
    “3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3, 4)

    In I Timothy 2:2, we are told to pray for kings and all in authority for one reason only: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. Unless the kings or authorities are inclined towards righteousness, this will not be possible, and in fact we are told in Proverbs 29:2:

    “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) As a serious warning, we are told in the same chapter: “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12).

    Elsewhere in Proverbs 14:34, we are told:
    “34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34).

    For further study, please also read I Peter 2:13-17, which states clearly that the reason that one submits to authorities is for the purpose of righteousness being the order of the day, that is the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those that do good. By so doing, the unbelieving world will be silenced by obedience to righteous rule, since godly people will use their liberty for the glory of God and His righteousness, not for maliciousness. RIGHTEOUS RULE IS IMPERATIVE FOR THIS TO OCCUR.

    In light of the fact that Christ our God is coming back to sit on the throne of David forever and to set up His Righteous Rule in Jerusalem to establish His Millennial Kingdom after imprisoning Satan and casting the Antichrist and the False Prophet into the Lake of Fire, the Church is going to reign with Him and therefore is inevitably involved in governmental rule. Based on this, the Church can get some practice now on this side of eternity before the Rapture occurs. It is also a motivational factor for the Christian Church to live a righteous life and to behave correctly towards each other and to be just in all dealings.

    [Please study the following Scriptures for this: 1. Throne of David forever and Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ sitting on it to rule forever. (I Kings 2:45; Isaiah 9:6, 7). 2. Christ’s rule in Jerusalem for a Millennium and imprisonment of Satan and his final judgment into the Lake of Fire along with the Antichrist and False Prophet in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation/Apocalypse 19:20, 21; 20:1-10; Zechariah 2:10-14; 14:1-21). 3.Rapture for the Church. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:2, 3; Revelation/Apocalypse 3:10; 4:1, 2) 4. Church reigning with Christ in Millennial reign and to judge both the demons and to rule with Christ in Jerusalem. (I Corinthians 6:2; I Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 14, 15; Revelation/Apocalypse 5:10; 20:4, 5)]

    Joel 2:17 makes it clear that God does not actually intend for the ungodly (heathen), to rule over God’s people but will allow it to bring reproof, and therefore the Church should be praying that their heritage for the children’s children must not go to reproach by ungodly rule, who will in turn mock God’s people as a result. In simple summary, we have God’s clear principles, based on the whole Scripture and in light of Christ our God’s Return to establish everlasting righteous rule, that His perfect will for a godly government is that:

    1. Must be a God-fearing, righteous person that hates evil and loves good.
    2. Not given to lies or bribes and will seek to impartial and just and truthful in all his actions.
    3. Punish evil and reward good. Must use the sword against evil and defend the good along with widows and the poor.
    4. Seek righteousness in all doings. (Matthew 6:33)
    5. Live in the light of accountability to Christ and thus must be transparent.

    May God bless you.

    Yours in Christ,

    Timothy Kwoh

    August 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM Reply
    • Mr Davis #

      If your Joel reference applied to God's people refering to the Chruch then the Jesus after his resurrection would have turned over the Roman government and the apostles would have been the first rulers based on your reasoning. I don't recall that happening, do you?

      August 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    We should take care not to apply to the Chruch what was intended only for the Nation Israel the apple of God's eye.

    All nations powers and authorities are established and held up by God's soverign power, even the wicked work out the purposes of God or else Romans 8:28 would not be true.

    Our dollar bill doesn't point to Christ Jesus does it? So you tell me which God our nation serves. It is the prince and power of this age, not Christ who was crucified buried and resurrected, all foretold by God according to the scriptures as the way to salvation for all who would believe in the righteousness of God.

    You should expect the Government and all the people under it to be evil and cause us to be thankful it is not more evil.

    We think we are good and therefore the Government should be good. What a lie we have bought into.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:52 AM Reply
  3. Ms. Gear #

    Make no mistake, God is in control. He sets up our rulers as we deserve. We have allowed God to be removed from all public domain and now is working on the private domains. Even our "Churches" are government entities visa 501(c)3 tax status that dictates what may or may not be preached. Look at who we have as choices in every election. Not one candidate is a true believer. What is the point in voting for the "lessor of two evils?" If you live in an apostate nation, as we in the USA seem to live, no matter who you think you want in office, God is in control. He will appoint/annoint the future high office holder that He deems we deserve. Our current president is a good example. By all logic, he should not be president, yet he is.

    August 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM Reply
  4. Mike LeMay #

    Ms. gear, I certainly agree with a couple of your points. First God is in ultimate control, and second we have no real born again Christian running for President this year. And even when we have, with someone like George Bush, he turns around and says Muslims and Christians worship the same God! I do not think however that God Pre-selects our leders, but rather He reacts to the choices we make. We have a free will as people, and no doubt God will use whatever choice we make to fulfill His ultimate plans, but we choose and He reacts according to His purpose.

    August 19, 2012 at 2:56 AM Reply
  5. Timothy Kwoh #

    Mr Davis,

    It is true that there are statements unique for Israel that are not meant for the Church, however, when you study the whole of Scripture, God's standards for righteous rule do not change just as His standards for the church and the family do not change either.

    Righteous rule is inevitable when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to sit on the throne of David forever. It is a matter of good stewardship for Christians to understand this principle of righteous rule in government and if possible, have it put into practice as a matter of good stewardship. We do not expect to bring in the kingdom. Only Christ brings in the kingdom.

    August 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM Reply
  6. Mr Davis #

    Timothy, there is only one thing in all of life which will pay a dividend, that is living according to the gospel of Jesus Christ who was perfected in what He suffered even unto death death on the cross.

    Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

    You know, thats what we are made also a kingdom of Priests

    9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

    The heresy that is being propagated is that we are not strangers and aliens here. That somehow we can still love the world and pursue the things of the world and not sin against God.

    1 Cor 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    We ourselves if we are born again have been translated by God Himself, into the knigdom of light through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. If we have been translated we have been purchased. If we have been purchased we have a new master. If we have a new master then we are not to think ourselves better than Him who purchased us. He it was that laid down His life for us and gave Himself as a ransome for many. It is through dying for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ that we are ultimately called to. So that either living or dying all is for Christ sake not our sake or the sake of our comfort or our rights.

    We have been distracted from the work of the Gospel. We have been told to stand up for our rights, to fight for our freedom, yet that is not how we learned Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty from everlasting to everlasting yet became nothing to become in all ways the same as we except without sin. He proved his perfection when He went to the cross in obedience to the Fathers will and ultimately suffered death. For Christ, The Son, a death shrouded in humiliation and disgrace was predetermined as the only way to save sinners and saticfy His Fathers wrath against sin. He embraced this death on the cross for your sake and for His Fathers Glory.

    We are not to care what men will do to us. This world is not our friend, it never has been nor will it be. Everything in it is proving us to see if our hearts are fully with God or whether we are prone to wander. I would hope we would realize how prone to wandering we are and repent. God in His forbearance bears with our ignorance and our utter disregard for his word instead of destroying us. Yet all things will be judged, all work will be revealed for what sort of work it is. Whether it is wrought in the flesh or wrought in God through Faith in Christ Jesus.

    The road is so very narrow that leads to truth, we can only scarcely imagine just how narrow it is.

    John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:03 AM Reply
  7. Great post and right to the point. I am not sure if this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have any ideea where to hire some professional writers? Thanks :)

    June 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM Reply

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