Are Christians Republicans or Democrats? A Biblical Look at Politics

by Jack Wellman on July 4, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Does the Bible address whether a Christian should be involved with politics?  Would God rather us be Republicans or Democrats?  What is the biblical perspective on the parties and how we should vote?

God is a Republican

I have actually seen a bumper sticker that said “God is a Republican.”  My thought was, was He a registered?  I thought that bumper sticker was a bit presumptuous.  God is not a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent.  The very fact that God is sovereign over all of mankind makes it ludicrous to believe that He is a follower of either party.  The fact is that The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes (Prov 21:1). Truly the king’s heart is in the hands of God and so even the worst of the politicians can not prevail in swinging things in this world in a way that God does not allow for in His sovereignty.  Let me say that when I was younger, I tended to be a Democrat because I saw the Democrats as helping the poor and the working population and my view of Republicans was that they were pro-business and supported the rich segment of society.  I was making generalizations however that were not totally accurate.

Are Christians Democrat or Republican

God is not a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent. He is God and He reigns supreme over all the earth.

How Would God Vote?

Again, this is something that I had heard evangelicals actually ask; how would God vote?  It’s not as ridiculous as you might think.  Here’s what I mean.  I tend to vote more with the Republicans today because they are more conservative.  Many Republicans for example are pro-life while the majority of Democrats are pro-abortion.  I choose to vote for candidates for their position on the sanctity of life.  If they support a ban on abortion (save for the life of the mother), then I usually vote for them.  God is pro-life because He is the Author of it.  He alone has the right to decide when a person is born and when they should die.  I vote my conscious.  I do not vote on the candidate with the best platform like lower taxes.  To God, there is a sanctity to life and I believe we should vote to protect those who can not protect themselves.

Render Unto Caesar

Do you remember when the religious leaders tried to trap Jesus by showing Him a coin? This amazing account is recorded in all three of the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In Matthew 22:15-22 “Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.  Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”   When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”

Jesus was clearly saying that those things that belong to God we should render unto God but those things of Caesar, we render unto him.  The word “render” means to give, hand over, deliver, present, or submit, as for approval. Therefore what can be gleaned from this I believe is the fact that we are to render unto those, for example in the political sphere, our approval of a person in a particular position of authority.  There is clearly power in voting.  When someone is running for office and they seem to reflect more godly values we should submit our approval in the form of voting for that person for political office.

President Bashing

I get so many emails these days that are bashing the president.  Although I didn’t vote for him, I delete them and do not forward them.  Many of these emails about our president are highly distasteful and completely disrespecting of the office.  Some of these I get are from people that didn’t even vote and so what really gives them the right to complain if they didn’t vote to keep him out of office.  Those that do vote are those that have more of a right to complain but never in a smear tactic or one that is insulting to the man or the office.  What would Paul think of us degrading the man or the office of the presidency?

Romans 13 is the chapter that deals with those in authority.  Read what Paul thinks Christians are obligated to show to those who are in authority in Romans 13:1- Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.   For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.   Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.  Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Notice what Paul commands. We are to respect those over us.  Give them what they are due.  They are in office by God’s sovereignty and not by the will of man necessarily.  Whether we like them or not is not the point.  Paul knew that Caesar was a cruel and brutal leader and that he set himself up as a god but Paul never spoke evil of this man nor did Jesus.

Vote Your Conscience and Not Your Party

Sadly, less than half of the population doesn’t vote and then most of those same people complain about the politicians.  It seems to me that unless they vote, they don’t have as much right to complain because they did nothing to prevent the candidate they are railing against from getting into office?  Even though I am a regular voter, I do not insult or disparage the politicians.  Obviously they are not all fully trustworthy and they often make decisions against the public’s interest and are more concerned with their own welfare than the public’s, but they are in power because God still reigns over all of the nations. The politicians may not even realize it or they may not even believe in God, but God places those individuals into positions of authority as it pleases Him.

No purpose of God can be thwarted by mankind (Job 42:2).  God thunders from heaven, No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another (Psalm 75:6-7).   God’s sovereignty is unaffected by men as even Pontius Pilate and Herod did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen (Acts 4:28). God is never caught off guard or by surprise. He knows the future and it is all under His divine knowledge. Indeed, David proclaimed the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain (Psalm 21:1). Isaiah the prophet understood that All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless (Isaiah 40:17).

God is not a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent. He is God and He reigns supreme over all the earth. He allows Satan to do just as much as He allows and not one bit more.  Mankind might like to think they reign but “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:8) for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations (Psalm 22:28), and as David proclaimed, For you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth (Psalm 67:4).  This does not mean that we should not vote. I believe since we have the power and freedom to vote, we should.  We should vote for those who uphold godly values and moral character befitting a leader but we should not be insulting those who are God-ordained in authority over us.

We should be praying for our leaders, whether we like them or not.  As Paul said, I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior (1 Tim 2:1-3).  That I say amen too and I hope that you can agree, for it is written in the Word of God, the Bible.

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Robert July 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

Great article Jack,
Sure a lot of good points you brought up. A lot to ponder as an election grows near.

It seems like the people who get elected reflect the sentiment of the nation. If we are concerned with the economy, we vote for the people we think will fix it. If we are concerned with moral issues, we vote for those we think care about what we care about.

This may also be a way in which God judges, or blesses, a nation. As the individuals of a nation move further from God, they elect representatives that are also further from God. These representatives are then naturally going to be motivated by something other than God and His love. Therefore, the nation suffers.

On the other hand, as the individuals of a nation move closer to God and elect godly representatives, these representatives seek God’s will for themselves and the country. The nation is blessed.

Thanks again for a wonderful, thought-provoking article.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman July 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I am so grateful my friend for your gift of edifying, exhorting, and encouraging. That is one of your many strengths. God bless you Robert and I thank God for you my friend.

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Derek July 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

That was a great article Jack. I feel the same way. We as a body of believers must focus on the crucial issues. Any candidate voted into office should be the one displaying the most ethical, God-based values. November is getting closer by the second and we should be in prayer now. God Bless!

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Jack Wellman July 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thank you Derek my friend. It is so good to hear from you and I truly appreciate your kind remark sir. I truly look forward to reading your works and I am with you….I am heading to the polls this Nov and also you are spot on…we should be in prayer over this. Great point. I wish I had included this in my article as that’s an awesome point.

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Dereck July 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hey Jack,

Thanks for this article. I will begin to pray as the election gets closer. I really do feel like I have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Decisions, decisions.

Peace and Love Brother

Dereck

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william September 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I like how you lure the people in with your, I used to be a Democrat when I was younger line and now I am a Republican. Nice try but i think that most people will see right through that. The bottom line is Democrats do not all believe in abortion but they believe it is up to the women and God, i do not believe in abortion and I wish they would at least change the law so the abortion could only be done in the earliest moment of conception or not at all. Republicans do put money before people, bottom line. They put political agenda before the safety and lives of our troops. they don’t mind paying 56% of ALL OUR TAXES to the military but scream and complain about spending about 17% on feeding and housing the poor. Jesus would never, ever, ever choose military spending over feeding the children of this world. Jesus would always choose diplomacy over war, every time and don’t try to pull out some old testament line trying to justify aggression because no matter what Jesus came and asked us not to act upon any aggression. The republicans can claim one policy as something that would make god smile and that would be abortion but every other policy or issue would leave God very disappointed. Democrats are not Gay, or at least not all of them and some of us may not believe in gay marriage but we believe all men and women are equal and should all have the same rights regardless of sex, age, race, religion or sexual preference. We as Christians were taught by God that we should not judge others and Republicans spend most of their time putting labels on people and trying to keep them isolated as if they did something wrong…Jesus would be a Democrat if anything but of course he would never stand for abortion but everything else he would approve of or at least be neutral…peace out…God Bless!

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Dereck September 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hello William,

I believe Jesus would be an independant. Us people have managed to mess up everything. Gay marriage goes directly against what God says, in the old testament, we are told it is an abomination. Now, that sounds very strong against it to me. Do you think Jesus is going to over look that? Now in no way does this mean that gay people should be discriminated against.

Democrat and republican alike all do things wrong. We believe wrong things, and, just because the leader of my party believes one way, if it goes against Gods law, then I cannot get behind it.

It does not mean that I will not vote for them if I think they are the best person for the job.

I think that most candidates running for public office have some kind of issue, and we have to weigh those things when we vote. So, I think that should be the overall factor when we cast a ballot. Are they the best person for the job.

Peace and Love

Dereck

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Joe Simpson October 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

I like your article however, I do that offense at one comment….’most Democrats are pro-abortion’. I am Democrat and i do not believe in abortion. Does that mean I should support a candidate simply because he states publically ( in obvious support of party lines) that he does not believe in abortion. The bottom line is that God calls us to set an example of His love. To blindly support an issue with no compassion for the individuals in each unique case is just a simple way to not have to struggle with it. Abortion is a MORAL issue, not a political one and as such will never be stopped by passing a law. When we meet Christ, we all will be judged on OUR OWN actions…not those of others.

It is time we roll up our sleeves and get involved in offering real options to women (child care, funding, etc.) to help that unwanted child instead of just commanding them not to abort. If we truly believe that a woman should have a child, then we need to take responsibility for our comments and step up to the plate as Chrustians.

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Jack Wellman October 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Amen Joe. God does call us to set an example of His love and laws are restrictions on morals. Laws are moral issues, thus you can not kill someone, you can not steal, you can not lie in the courts, these are all moral issues that are laws. We can not separate them. Moral issues are held in high regard by politicians and if I had the choice to support a candidate who is pro-life, that moral issue is more important that tax laws or the economy in my opinion. I am glad you are pro-life and many Democrats are but the fact is in a Gallup Poll that is consistent over the last 20 years, Gallup found 68 percent of self-declared Republicans describe their abortion views as pro-life while just 27 percent say they are “pro-abortion.”

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Allison October 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Most Democrats are “pro abortion”? That’s a complete load of crap. Pro choice DOES NOT mean pro abortion. I don’t think anyone is PRO abortion, some people just believe its not their choice to make. I’d say even people who HAVE abortions are NOT pro abortion.

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Jack Wellman October 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thank you Allison for your comment. The word “pro” is simply meaning that they are for or in favor of this option, not that they are campaigning for it necessarily. The Democratic Party’s current position on abortion reflects that of its leader. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama twice opposed legislation to define as “persons” babies who survive botched abortions. A federal version of that legislation passed unanimously in the US Senate and with the support of all but 15 House members. Obama compiled a 100 percent lifetime rating in support of abortion in the U.S. Senate.

Last October, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services stopped funding of successful Catholic programs that help victims of sex trafficking because the Catholic services refused to refer pregnant victims to abortion facilities.

During the 2011 budget debate, Obama threatened to shut down the federal government over taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. “Nope, zero,” was the president’s response to House Speaker John Boehner’s request to cut funding for the scandal-plagued abortion business.

ObamaCare requires that insurance plans cover “preventive health services,” including sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Catholic Church and other organizations that view these practices as gravely immoral would not be exempted. The decision represented an unprecedented violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.

Later it was revealed that the Obama administration had written the mandate policy in concert with pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood and its president, Cecile Richards. I find it hypocritical to call a healthcare plan something that provides abortions, regardless of age of the child.

The Democratic Party is now unequivocally the party of abortion. Almost every top Democrat in America supports (or at least doesn’t oppose) partial-birth abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, abortions for minors without parental involvement, abortion used as birth control and abortions performed based on the sex of the baby. Polls show all of these instances of abortion are opposed by the vast majority of Americans.

This is a strange time for the Democrats to be stressing their abortion views. In May, a Gallup poll found that a record low 41 percent of Americans identify as “pro-choice,” while a near-high of 50 percent call themselves “pro-life.” The poll also found that more Americans (51 percent) find abortion “morally wrong” than find it “morally acceptable” (38 percent.)

Do you believe in abortion Allison?

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