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Jack Wellman September 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I truly believe this was so needed Robert. I am an active voter but only 22% of evangelicals vote. Why I ask? I believe Romans 12 is a Christian’s job description and Romans 13 is a Christians life-role responsibility. To not vote is to still make a choice…a choice to not make a difference. I choose to vote. God is sovereign, yes, but He uses those of His to make a difference. I chose to participate in our God-given freedom to vote. To not make a choice is still making a choice not to care. I agree, we will give an account for our talents given and give an account to our Lord and Master someday with what we have been given. Great work.

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Jack,

That is an excellent point! Is it wrong that your comment made me think of the Rush song Freewill, specifically where it states, “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice”? Anyway, I’ve started praying to God every night to guide me when it comes time to vote. Hopefully I’ll feel His presence at the polls when the time comes. I honestly dread election day, because of all the contention I’m expecting to arise that day, but I’ll still vote.

Robert October 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

Robert,
Thanks for reading and commenting. That line from the Rush song is very appropriate here. To do nothing IS to do something. Christians must vote, otherwise the decisions that shape this country will be made by those either with no agenda or those with an anti-God agenda. We are Jesus’s body here on earth, this includes His voice. Voting is one way to spread His word. God bless you, Robert.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Robert October 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

Thank you kindly, Jack,
There are many ways that a Christian can be an influence on society. Voting is one that I believe is very important right now. The leaders of this country, in a limited way, determine the direction of the country. Also, the elected leaders reveal the heart of the country. In other words, the person who gets elected reveals how the majority of Americans feel. God is sovereign but, as in the case of King Saul, many times He will give us what we want in order to reveal our hearts. God bless you Jack.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thank you for this article Robert. It speaks truth into the hearts of men. I pray that all believers in Christ would vote this election. God will appoint who He chooses, but we still need to vote.

Robert October 1, 2012 at 7:03 am

Thank you, Derek,
I too, am praying for a large Christian turnout this year. While we must keep separate in our minds the difference between the Kingdom of Heaven and the earthly kingdom, we are to influence the earthly one with the Heavenly one. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

David October 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Hi Robert,
Interesting article as is everything I read on this site. I would like to get your opinion on the state of the US at this point in time. I hear many Christians saying they will vote for one side or another based on their biblical beliefs and the beliefs that they feel their chosen party exhibits. From what I can see neither side is really for God. Both lie, cheat, try to separate rather than join people, I have never seen a true example of love come from any of them. I could keep going on with all of the non Christian things both parties have done over the years and will more than likely continue to do moving forward. If we are to judge a tree by its fruit then I cannot see in good faith how either of them is here to promote the values of God, in fact they are closer to promoting Satan’s agenda …So I suppose in a nutshell I am asking how can we take sides with either? It seems like a false choice, if we are trying to do the right thing….

Thanks

David

Robert Driskell October 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

First, thank you for reading and commenting, David. You have a good points in what you say. You are absolutely correct about neither party promoting God’s plan, only their own. I would like it to be otherwise, but the truth is that, when it comes to politics, there seems to be very little concern at all for what God wants. There are some exceptions. There are some politicians I know who are truly seeking to represent Jesus Christ. Tragically, it seems they are in the minority. As our country grows increasingly colder to the things of God, so do our representatives. After all, they ‘represent’ us. This should be motivation for Christians to stand up for the Truth of God, and His Word. We have as much right to voice our beliefs as anyone else does.

When it comes to deciding between candidates, sometimes there is no GOOD choice, only a LESS BAD one. I can only say that it is so very very important for Christians to be praying for those in power and leadership positions. God can change situations we think are unchangeable.

I know the upcoming presidential election is on many people’s minds. However, we Americans get the chance to vote on many other things and we should seek to vote the way God would have us vote in these areas also.

David, when I do not have a clear choice of which candidate to vote for, I pray for God’s guidance, learn as much as I can about the candidates, and vote my conscience. I know that if I don’t vote, whatever influence I might have had will go to waste.

It can be a complicated issue, David. if you intend to vote, I urge you to spend some serious time praying for God’s guidance. Also, pray for other Christians, pray for a revival in this country…we surely need it.

I hope I’ve helped in some way. I hope I haven’t confused you more. My simplest advice would be to stay as close as you can to God, vote your conscience, and know that many of us struggle with this same issue.
God bless you, David.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

David October 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Robert,

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I understand where you are coming from, we can only vote our conscience at the end of the day…As long as we are close to God, it really won’t matter either way.

Thanks

David

Sean October 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Robert, you call our politicians leaders, but that is not their given role in our country. The Constitution is clear we are a self-governed people. In other words, the politicians are NOT our leaders, they are STEWARDS, intended to be subject to the true rulers, which is we the people. This is what is meant by self-governed. Government’s only legitimate role in this country is to protect each person’s liberty (legislative branch), and resolve the dispute when two peoples’ rights seem to conflict (judicial branch), and execute the will of we the people, ensuring it runs smoothly and with a good direction (executive branch).
So, if a government usurps the authority of we the people, it becomes illegitimate, and it SHOULD be resisted. I’m not advocating any method of doing so over any other method, just pointing out what should be obvious, except our government orchestrated educational system no longer teaches this, and the citizenry has become either too lazy or too complacent to educate their own children.

Jack Wellman October 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Sean, thank you for your comment. I can not answer for Robert, but I believe that his point in this article is that if we don’t vote, we don’t have any input into who is going to be making decisions for our nation. It is our responsibility…indeed it is everyone’s to vote for not to vote is to make a choice and apathy can not solve anything. How can we resist but to make our votes our voice. If politicians are not the leaders, then who are they? I see your point. We are the true leaders but we are leading by voting. What other options might you suggest Sean? I do agree that they are our stewards but beyond voting and yes, educating our children what more can we do sir? I think your point about the citizenry being too complacent is a great point and we are becoming lazy and complacent to educate our own children, also good points. We can’t let the public school system do this, but I do wish more parents would be the parent.

Robert October 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

Hi Sean,
Thanks for reading and commenting. The reason I call politicians ‘leaders’ is because they seem to have taken over that role. I agree with you, and so does the Bible (Romans 13), that the government exists to maintain order (mostly). However, I also realize that people are sinful and do not conduct themselves as God would have them. This is where Christians come in. We can vote our conscience for one thing, but even more, we stand up (and speak) for the truth of the Gospel. Only when people’s hearts are changed and they begin to live as God would have them live, will our society be what it should be.

Voting, lobbying, word of mouth…these are some of the ways we can influence our government now. Some are more effective than others. However, remember that the government has some good functions also. Therefore, to simply usurp, or resist them on everything, would not be helpful.

Sean, the thing that is frustrating to me is that most of those in office have been elected. Therefore, voters are responsible for the condition of our government, voters elected those who are in office. What does this say about the make-up of our nation? Humanity was created in order to worship God and have a relationship with Him. That is not the view of many today. That is the problem with so many things in our country, including the government. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Morden Grey February 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Amen.

Well said Robert. Well said.

Paul Mossman September 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I’m looking around for a strong statement on Christians and Godly government. I think the Apostle Paul is correct in his directions but also he was determined to not create a Spartacus style rebellion against Rome. To many Christians these passages suggest pacific submission to who ever is in government office. We know from history this has not been the case and we have to mesh Pauline doctrine with the clear distinctions of rebellion against ungodly leaders in the Old Testament and the Blessing of Liberty our rebellious founders have given us.

Dan Perry May 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm

You put your bias into this…. We are TOLD not to entangle ourselves in the affairs of the world and that is what voting does. Also, voting DIVIDES THE the body of Christ so would God sanction an action that would divide his body? NOT A CHANCE!!! We are TOLD to pray for our leaders not select them so anyone who days Christians are to vote doesnt know the Word…

Jack Wellman May 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

No Mr. Perry. Render unto Caesar the things of Caesar and the things of God the things of God. Do you really think it would be better if we just let unbeliever’s vote? What government would we have then? No sir, you are dead wrong. We are to be salt and light and these two penetrate into the world to bring flavor and light into the darkness, and to not vote at all is not Scriptural at all. The “affairs of this world” is not even a Bible verse but the entanglement Paul wrote about was sinful things which he listed, and voting was not on that list, and nowhere in Scripture are we to withdraw from the world, but not being of the world. Jesus told Peter to fetch his taxes, so since taxes are of the world, do you refuse this too? I am sorry…you are way off base sir.





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