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Should Christians Really Sit This Election Out?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP p...Does God pre-determine who we elect as our leaders—or does He react according to our choices?  As our nation faces a crucial election in less than two months, this subject needs to be addressed and discussed.

To me it is obvious that God does not mandate our choices in leaders, either politically or spiritually.  The theory that God has already pre-determined who will be elected as political leaders flies in the face of the free will God has given man.  We choose what political candidates we want to represent us; we choice which spiritual leaders we follow and where we attend church—God reacts to those choices.

Now God, knowing all things past, present and future knows that any choice we make will not foil His ultimate plans.  God is way out ahead of us on any choice we make.  He knows the appointed day of the return of Jesus to this earth and nothing man does will cause God to panic or change His mind on His ultimate plan for this world and we as His people.

And let’s face it—this presidential election offers us no perfect choices in leaders.  We have an incumbent who claims to be a Christian but goes out of his way to renounce biblical teaching at every turn, pushing for government paid abortion and homosexual marriage—and we have his opponent who is not a true Christian, but instead a Mormon.  By all indications Mitt Romney is a moral man who is a wonderful husband, father and a generous person.  So as Christians we have an interesting choice ahead of us in the presidential election.

Having said all that, I think it is dangerous to disengage from voting all together as some Christians have indicated they might do.  While we are not to become obsessed with life in this world, we are called to be light and salt in it and we are called to be good stewards of this world and nation God has given us.  We have a responsibility to make a choice as to who we think will best lead this nation and continue to provide the freedom of religion we enjoy as Christians.

Having said all that, neither candidate can save this nation.  So even more important than our vote, is Christians praying for our leaders and this nation.  No matter who our next president is, our job as Christians does not change.  We are to proclaim the gospel and be true light and salt to all men as we approach the time of the return of our lord.

So we encourage you to know the candidates and their views—not just on the economy, but on issues truly important to God—abortion and marriage.  Neither of these candidates is perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but is our best option really to just sit this election out?  Or do we make the best decision we can as Christians and move forward regardless of the outcome?  And by the way, making no choice of the candidate to support is by its inaction, a choice.

God gives us free will to make decisions—and He reacts accordingly.  And choices do have consequences.  So choose wisely as we vote—but remain confident in God’s sovereign plan and know that nothing that happens will surprise Him.  He will still be on His throne and His plans will not be thwarted.


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15 Responses to “Should Christians Really Sit This Election Out?”

  1. Rose #

    John MacArthur sums it up pretty well for me in this short clip of one of his recent sermons
    : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJD-zl5bb4g&fe

    November 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM
  2. Mr Davis #

    Why do you act of if this is new, that this paradime hasn't always existed. You think your freedom comes from man. Do you think any man is righteous? Do you think God wants us to esteem any man greater than another? Is God a respector of persons that we should do the same? Does He care what people think themselves to be or even what others think? Do you think every right you have as a citizen should be excersized? Should we even think of ourselves as having rights are we even citizens? Who are we living for, ourselves? Why are we angry? Are we better than those who hold the office? Do you think yourself more righteous than they?

    1 Peter 1:17 KJV
    And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

    1 Peter 3:15 KJV
    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

    We are called if we are his to live for His approval only

    John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

    1 Peter 2:

    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; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold , glorify God in the day of visitation.

    13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

    17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

    Our situation will not in anyways limit our obedience to God it is our own flesh that will do that.

    Galatians 5:17 KJV
    For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would .

    Here it is again we are not to care about the situation we are in:

    1 Cor 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called , being free, is Christ's servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called , therein abide with God.

    What are we trying to preserve here? The Kingdom of Darkness. Who is ruler here? Is it not Satan or have you been decieved to think we do? Has he not been given dominion over all of this by the Father of Lights, if only for a time? Would we not all who Love God and hold fast to his purposes be destroyed by Satan were he not restained by God to this very day. No only us but also the Jews who still look forward to their glorification in Christ Jesus who will come and establish Himself as King.

    Oh Graceious, righteous and Holy God, Our Savior and Our King, Who saw fit to make us partakers of your Divine Kingdom and nature giving us the Spirit of Promise the Holy Spirit and by whom you Who died and rose again now dwell in us in Him. Oh may we be willing to set aside everything this life has to offer and consider it all loss. Oh that we may be found in you not having our own righteousness but being made conformable to you in your death and resurrection that we would live for these things no longer but only for your Glory and honor. Amen!

    November 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM
  3. Janet #

    Your voice ,your choice you use it or lose it .. Christians are just as accountable for those they allow to remain in office as they are for those they vote into office

    November 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM
  4. Mitt Romney is for limited abortion and leads the country in singing, “God Bless America” to a false god.

    Virgil Goode, the presidential candidate of the Constitution party, is rated 100% by the Christian Coalition on family issues, as well as being conservative on most if not every national political issue.

    In light of this, would it not be pragmatism to vote for Romney since he has the best “chance” to win when there is a clear choice for another candidate who would best represent a Christian worldview as well as upholding the Constitution? The Bible says that leaders are placed in their offices by God. If that’s so, how can we say that anyone has a better “chance” to win? Why should Christians vote for the lesser of 2 evils when there is a more God honoring choice available? I think God may be giving Christians a choice in Virgil Goode knowing who secular and cheap grace Americans will elect.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:47 AM
  5. Mr Davis #

    Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

    17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

    20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

    24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM
  6. Mr Davis #

    Gee I quess your God isn't sovereign in the affairs of men as he has demonstrated time and again in the Old Testiment. Doesn't he himself even say in the new testiment all your hairs are numbered not one of them falls to the ground without your Fathers knowledge. I tell you this goes beyond just knowing what the outcomes will be He Himself is working in those outcomes His own counsel and purpose. All are servants of the most High. Maybe the Father of Lights has changed and He no longer interferes and establishes the kings of the nations as he once did after all how could our vote mean anything then?

    Daniel 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. 3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation…

    34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    Romans 9
    11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth 😉 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy , and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion . 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy . 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known , endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

    This is foolishness. We are not stewards of this world, we are here as embassadors, our rights in this country do not make us Christian they make us complacent.

    This same sovereign Lord allows the mass killing of sinfull human beings who are made in His image, at the hands of wicked men. The same will cause those who do such things to drink the cup of the Lord's wrath if they do not repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ Who is forever praised.

    Our hearts should be broken over this, that is what we deserve, destruction utter and complete and eternal. Yet God allows us to continue each day we live instead of destroying us and for what purpose so we can pursue freedoms by which we will use to sin against God.

    God help us and forgive our foolish pride. Help us Lord to lay this life aside and instead pick up our cross to pursue the life that is found in you alone and may we pursue the work of your Kingdom and cease from our own work done by our own will. Praise be to God who works sanctification in us to this very end.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:39 AM
  7. Larry #

    I have struggled with this and I think Romney is the closest on the surface to a political match for most Christians. Notice however that Mitt Romney is not being asked any penetrating questions about his faith like does he believe that he will become a God ruling his own planet and that Jesus and Satan are brothers. The Bible tells us not to associate with someone who alters the gospel, instead we should consider them accursed. How can we vote for an accursed man for President? I have struggled with it, been willing to vote Romney, and now concluded I will not vote for either of these Antichrists.

    September 13, 2012 at 3:02 AM
  8. Mike LeMay #

    Billy, a simple look at God's Word tells you that our spiritual condition and the gift of life, along with the sanctity of marriage are much more important to God then our financial condition or tax cuts. Abortion is murder–period. Marriage as defined by God is a reflection of our relationship with Jesus, since we are referred to as His bride. When we vote strictly on our self-serving financial concerns and leave our Christian values and morals out of the decision, we worship our self-interests above God.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
  9. Sandy Sheltrow #

    The question is, "who can be trusted to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America?" This is part of the oath the president will take. Our nation is founded on Judeo/Christian values, so the one who will best fill this role will respect those values. Spiritual leadership does not and should not come from the White House. We are no more a theocracy than we are a democracy, but freedom of religion should be honored by our elected officials and exercised by Christians who pray for them.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM
  10. Billy McMahon #

    "So we encourage you to know the candidates and their views—not just on the economy, but on issues truly important to God—abortion and marriage."

    Mr. LeMay, please enlighten us as to how you know what God finds most important.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM