Should Christians Vote? Should They Donate Money To Politicians?

by Robert Driskell · Print Print · Email Email

Every time an election comes around, many Christians struggle with whether they should be involved in the political process or not.  Are believers supposed to be involved in the political/social aspects of life, or are we to adopt more of a ‘hands-off-and-pray’ attitude?  These questions get even more convoluted if there is no clear choice of how we would cast our vote if we were to vote.

Should Christians Vote

As believers, we should seek to please God in everything we do, including how we vote.

Christians Should Not Let Political Views Divide The Body Of Christ

Politics often has the effect of polarizing people.  It divides people into camps of differing opinions and passions.  Many Christians believe that the Republican Party is synonymous with Christian beliefs.  Some Christians believe the Democratic Party wants to destroy America or turn it into a Godless nation.  Neither of these beliefs is true.  There are many people in each party who love Jesus and seek to serve Him with all their hearts.  There are also many people in both parties that have rejected Jesus and are rebelling against God in their hearts.  It is not a connection to a political party that makes one a citizen of the Kingdom of God, but a relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

D. James Kennedy rightly puts his Christianity ahead of his political affiliations when he writes, “To me, more important than being a conservative or a liberal is being a committed Christian.  When I vote, do I please Jesus with my vote?”  (Kennedy, p. 13).

As believers, we should seek to please God in everything we do, including how we vote.

Christians Should Do All We Can To Glorify God

Romans 13:1-7 tells us that the biblical standard for any government is that it is to be God’s servant for the good of the people.  If the government that we are under is meeting this mandate, we should support it wholeheartedly.  Conversely, if it is not conducting itself according to biblical standards, we should do what we can to change it.

One way in which we are able to affect change is to vote.  We are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13), which means we are to be an influence on our society.  Voting is one means by which we exercise that responsibility.  Our government reacts to what it perceives to be the will of the people.  If Christians do not vote, and those who reject God do, the message that gets to our government is that the people of America do not want God in our nation.  Laws will be made that reflect a godless society because godless voters will be the force guiding the lawmakers.

We should also contribute money to worthy causes, if we are able.  If there is some government program, or a certain politician or political party, that God has laid on our hearts to assist, and we can further that cause by donating money, we should donate the money.  Once again, in all we do, we must seek God’s will before we act.

As responsible citizens of this country, Christians should exercise their right to vote for the things we believe in, and to vote against those things that are non-biblical.  If we do not, we are leaving the financial, moral, and spiritual direction of our nation in the hands of Godless people.  To not be involved with the shaping of our culture would be to say that we do not think it is important to be an influence for Jesus to others.

The Christian’s main responsibility to God is to spread the good news of God’s love, humanity’s sin, and Jesus’ payment for our sin; but our responsibility does not end there.  D. James Kennedy offers this insight, “In addition to sharing our faith, applying our faith to all of life is the other track that the gospel train is supposed to run on…Whatever it is called, we are to impact our culture for Christ in every facet while we are here in this world” (Kennedy, p. 41).

Voters vote for politicians, and policies, that reflect their worldview.  A person who sees nothing wrong with same-sex marriage will vote against any law that seeks to uphold the biblical/traditional view of marriage as between one man and one woman.  Unsaved humans want their own way and, history has shown, will go to great lengths to acquire it.  Christians are God’s voice in the political arena.  Therefore, if Christians do not vote for the things in which they believe, then those with godless, secular worldviews will control the direction of our country.

Christians Must Keep Our Eyes On Jesus

Regardless of the outcome of any election, our faith must remain in God, not government, to effect true change.  The Constitution, even as good as it is, can never be allowed to replace the Bible as the authoritative rule for Christians.  When we pledge more allegiance to the government than to God, we become idolaters.  We set the government up as more central to our lives than our relationship with God.  When we attach ourselves too firmly to any certain political party, we are in danger of violation our consciences in order to remain part of the group.

The government cannot give anyone what they ultimately need; only God can do that.  Of course, we should seek to see His will done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10), but we must also remember that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).  As important as voting is, our main concern is a spiritual concern.  We are to share the Gospel of Jesus with a lost and hurting world and help them know how to live for Him for eternity.  If, by casting our votes in an election or donating money to a political cause, we can make the life on earth a bit more like God intended it to be, then it is our Christian duty to do so.

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Kennedy, D. James and Jerry Newcombe.  How Would Jesus Vote?  WaterBrook Press, 2008.

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Jack Wellman October 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I have no doubt that we should vote Robert. It reminds me of the parable of the talents and we will have to give an account on how we used these talents and Romans 13 shows that, I feel, we are not only obligated but it is our duty to do so. To say Christians have no business voting or participating in the political process because religion and politics don’t mix (which I have been told several times) is to single out a particular group and strip them from their legal rights. This would be like Christians saying that “atheists have no rights to participate in the political system or vote.” We have not right to tell others, and so we should hold onto our God-given, Constitutionally-protected rights to participate in the political system, to donate to parties or candidates that hold to our value system, and to vote. Nicely done Robert. I concur.

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Robert October 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Thank you, Jack.
You make some very good points in your comment. If we Christians do not voice our opinions then the only opinions that will be heard are those of anti-Christians. Our government is set up so that our voices can be heard through the medium of voting. Sure, we have other means of sharing the Gospel, but for our voices to be heard in the political arena (which influences the moral, ethical, economical, military, etc. condition of our nation) we need to vote. It is another way we can be the mouthpiece of God. God bless you, Jack.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Peter Omagu October 21, 2012 at 3:41 am

God knows the best. Our duties as christians is to please God. So, we should do things and work in line with God. God loves you.

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Robert Driskell October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thank you for reading and commenting, Peter, I appreciate it very much. You are absolutely right in what you say. It is just that simple. The Bible says that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, body, and strength, and out neighbor as ourselves. May God richly bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Dereck October 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi Robert

Good article!! I have a cousin who does not vote, now I do not know why he does not, but, I think it has something to do with something that the candidates stands for. If he feels it is against what he believes, then he does not vote.

I keep thinking about the fact that people of my race (I am a black man) died so that I would have the opportunity to do so.

The thing that does bother me though is voting for a candidate who does side with a particular issue that I do not believe in and is against the word of God. Its like voting for the lesser of two evils.

Good job Robert.

Peace and Love

Dereck

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ding October 24, 2012 at 3:47 am

The issue of exercising or not vote or participating or not in any electoral vote is the right of every citizen as enshrined in the constitution. I don’t find any biblical verse that it is not fit for a christian not to vote. In the area of politics I don’t find any politician doing the will of GOD and for the benefit of His kingdom. Therefore, it is a useless exercise to vote since all or either of them is not doing the will of GOD. GOD only allows men (whether good or evil) to lead and form a government according to the natural order of things.

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Robert October 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Ding,
Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with you that the Bible does not say it’s a sin to not vote. It doesn’t speak about voting at all, as a matter of fact. For the Christian, voting is a matter of conscience. If one does not feel that the Lord wants them to vote, then they shouldn’t. You are misinformed on one count, there ARE Godly men and women seeking to serve God in public office. There may not be many of them, but they are there.
The Bible says that we are to be salt and light and that we should shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:14-16). Therefore, if our vote can influence the world for Christ, we should do so. Granted, in all elections there may not be a clear choice, but in many the choice is clear. And all elections aren’t held to vote a person (or people) in or out of office. Many elections are held so that the citizenry can vote on issues pertaining to life. Once again I say that, if Christians do not vote, then the only votes that will be counted will be those of the godless. Therefore, the godless will shape our society. And, our society’s morals influence people. Do we want people influenced FOR God or FOR secularism. Ding, you must follow where you believe God to be leading you, and I applaud you for that. However, Christians who vote are simply expressing their faith in public arena, and I applaud them for doing that also. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Ding February 9, 2014 at 4:49 am

Robert, I agree with you that not all politicians who are running for a seat in the government are all evil, there may be some few good men like Nicodemus who was a member of the Sanhedrin during Lord’s Jesus time. However, as a true believer in Christ we should or must not allow every part of our being to be yoked with the standard of this world. Good people joining in the government must face the risks of being eaten by the corrupt system of any political government lest involving in corrupt practices. There will be no endless of corruption happening since Satan is supreme ruler of this world. Few good christian cannot prevail on the reality that evil persist on this world. Only the actual reign of our Lord Jesus can enable that. That’s why Sodom and Gomorah was destroyed by God despite of the presence of some few good abiding lawmen during those times. Take note of this, even God himself instructed us not to pray on their behalf to those idolatrous nations. Read Jeremiah chapter 7.

As a true and genuine believer of Christ we must focus our time, energy and resources in fulfilling Jesus Christ gospel first for our immediate family, while we are still on earth. Living here on earth is just temporary this is not our permanent country, we are citizens of heaven.

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Morden Grey February 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Heh. Interesting topic. I don’t think Politicians should be paid, period. I think they should fulfill their political duties while working a real job. There are a few exceptions, but it has gotten out of hand.

But then again–I also think pastors and preachers shouldn’t get paid to give their sermons and lessons in church. I don’t remember Christ or the apostles getting donations or being paid. I don’t think it’s right, but that’s just me.
(Preaching for the filthy lucre and whatnot)

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Robert February 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Morden,
I wouldn’t mind paying politicians (a pay scale comparable to other working men and women) if they would do their job. Like you said, there are some exceptions, but far too many now days.
I believe a pastor should be paid, because it allows them more time to focus on pastoring, praying, sermon writing, etc. There is nothing wrong with a bi-vocational pastor, but sometimes there’s not enough time to do both as well as one would like. However, that being said, if one’s motivation for getting paid is simply to get rich or build an empire, then the motive is wrong and it would not be honoring God. Thanks again for your comments.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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rocky February 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

hi Robert i just want to know that what if you not sure of who you want to vote for? is it OK not to vote at all?

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Robert February 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hi Rocky,
Thank you for reading and commenting. I definitely think that not voting is an option. I would spend some serious time in prayer, seeking God’s will in the matter. If it is unclear whom you should vote for, or if God clearly leads you to not vote, then that’s fine. You can always be a prayer warrior; praying for our country and its leaders…which we are instructed to do anyway (I Timothy 2:1-2). God bless you, Rocky.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Rohbar February 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

If GOD (YAHWEH) gives you a nation or should I say gives you birth in a nation especially when it is started by Christians such as pilgrims and those who got away from persecution in England. The Founders and Framers went thru a lot to give us a Republic and because many are not familiar or know what the history is of what they went thru and that GOD and JESUS CHRIST was mentioned in many of our founding documents! Christians if they knew their Bible and they knew the history not just here but documents created in England (Magna Carta Mayflower Compact, etc) they listen to the lies of church/state lies and what ever else the world spews out instead of GOD’s word! Matthew 25 (TALENTS) basically responsibility not just money as many believe this is related to, this is a description of everything that GOD gives us! In Palsms 149 verses 4-9. And another action by a democrat to shut churches up was Lyndon Johnson pushed the 501-c3 rules which is totally un-Constitutional it makes churches subject to the state!

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