- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 09:50
In countries where voting is mandated, Christians vote in subjection to the law.
Where voting is optional, other biblical principles apply. This world has rejected Christ (Luke 19:14; 1 Corinthians 2:8); His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), nor is our citizenship or hope (Philippians 3:20). Although government is ordained by God, governments are opposed to God, as will be fully demonstrated in a coming day (Psalm 2:2, 3). How, therefore, can a believer involve himself in governmental leadership? Such involvement and voting are cut from the same fabric Voting seems to deny our separation from the world. Christians’ moral impact, retarding evil (2 Thessalonians 2:7), is through character (salt) and conduct (shining as lights, Matthew 5:13-16; Philip pians 2:15). Believers are "resident aliens."
In addition, God has not abdicated His role in controlling who rules (Romans 13:1; Daniel 4:17). He requests that we pray, "Thy kingdom come" (Matthew 6:10). We do not know God’s will in His present "guidance of history," nor is that our domain. We are responsible to know His will for our lives (Romans 12:2; James 4:15). Were we to vote in keeping with God’s will, we should likely select "the basest of men," hardly "responsible citizenship."