Most Christians do not vote. Their reasons generally land on two broad points: 1. Politics is nasty, worldly stuff. 2. Candidates have flaws. Granted both are true, but neither is a biblical deal breaker to not vote. This past Sunday night I shared 5 biblical reasons to vote.
1. Government is part of God’s plan. Romans 13 instructs us in this; “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” God ordained government to exist to provide order and stability to society. Our hearts are desperately wicked and lawlessness would reign apart from Government. “But politics is such a worldly, dirty business.” Yup, welcome to the human race. Now, let’s get real. Our nation is overwhelmingly run decently and in order. We live for the most part in safety. We have religious freedoms millions of others dream of. God in his graciousness has bestowed this upon us. To whom much is given much is required. The American form of governance requires stewardship. Let us be good stewards by being informed, sharing biblical principles with our neighbors and voting.
2. Jesus is not on the ballot. We are not voting for a Savior. (By the way Jesus might not even win the primaries let alone an actual election!). “But I can’t bring myself to vote for the lesser of two evils.” All voting decisions are “lesser of two evils” because Jesus is not on the ballot. With that in mind the Christian should vote for the candidate they think will bring about less evil and more good. 1 Peter 2:13a “submit yourselves to every human ordinance (institution) for the Lord’s sake.” For the sake of the Lord seek to influence the government towards less evil by at least voting!
3. The role of Government. Government is from God and for the common good. Romans 13:4 “For he is God’s minister to you for good” and 1 Peter 2:14 “as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.” Government is a human institution that should promote good and punish evil. In America, the people determine what is good and what is evil by voting. If Christians abrogate their privilege to vote they may actually encourage more evil by allowing others to make those determinations.
4. The green light from Jesus. “Give unto Caesar what is Caesars’.” But Jesus is talking about taxes not voting right? Romans 13:6 “for because of this you pay taxes.” What is the “this”? Promoting good and punishing evil. Jesus gives the green light to participate in governmental affairs with his “give unto Caesar” statement. If nothing else, He tells us to do what they ask us to do. In America we actually get to have a say in how our taxes are spent by the government asking us to vote. I may be presumptuous here but I think Jesus would say; “If they want to vote then vote.” Rome was no friend to Christianity and Jesus said “give unto Caesar.” Let your conscience be clear; you are not covenanting with any party or politician with your vote, you are simply leveraging your freedom to see biblical good promoted.
5. We are to be salt and light. You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavor then what good is it? America is in need of salt. First and foremost that has to be through the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. But it also comes from a Christian citizenry fully engaged in the freedom to express views and vote based on the Word of God.