- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:35
Voting, in and of itself, is neutral. If voting involves the believer in the political system, this seems to violate the principle of separation (Ephesians 5:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). As our Lord Jesus, we are not "of the world" (John 17:16). He refused to be drawn into politics (Matthew 22:17-21). By our lives, we are to be salt, exerting a preserving influence on the world (Matthew 5:13). By our prayers, we are to effect good in government (1 Timothy 2:2). It is an admission of failure to have to use the voting booth to do what neither our lives nor prayers are doing.
On the other hand, a referendum, as stated by the question, may not involve entanglement in the affairs of this life (2 Timothy 2:4). Suppose a politician, for example, took a poll of neighborhood opinion and stopped at a Christian’s door. Responding would hardly violate the principles mentioned above. The same can be said of voting in a referendum.