Should Christians vote?
Although most Americans claim to be Christians, many Christians don’t vote. Some feel there are no perfect candidates, that no one is completely in line with their Christian principles. They think that a vote for “the lesser of two evils” is still a vote for evil. Some even fear that God will punish them for voting for a “less than perfect person.”
Jesus had a similar situation when He was physically on Earth that we have at election time. He had to choose people to be leaders of His church after He returned to heaven. At election time, we have to choose people to be the leaders of our nation, state, etc.
Did Jesus choose only perfect people? Was impulsive Peter perfect? Were James and John (the sons of thunder) ideal candidates? I’ll bet Jesus didn’t have any doubts about Thomas. And can we agree that Judas was certainly a good choice?
Since Jesus was the only perfect human who ever lived, He had to choose the best people He could, even if they weren’t perfect. I believe He expects us to do the same.
So, what did Jesus do? Did He sit by and let others choose His apostles and future leaders? Did He leave their selection to the Romans and Pharisees?
Jesus lived at a time in a country when people didn’t have the opportunity to vote. But when we became a nation, God gave us the incredible opportunity and serious obligation to choose the best leaders we can.
When Christians don’t vote, they leave the choice of this nation’s leaders to others. If Christians are opposed to abortion, homosexuality, etc. and don’t vote, they leave the choice of our leaders to abortionists, homosexuals, etc. Do you expect those people to vote for leaders who will support or oppose them?
When Christians vote for a candidate/party that supports those evils, they become accomplices to the evil laws that they pass — and we will each be held accountable for the leaders we voted for. If we vote for an evil candidate/ party, we can expect to have an evil government.
We have to decide whether we want elected officials who will pass laws that are in accordance with or contrary to our Christian beliefs. In the latter case, we have the extra work of fighting against opposing officials while trying to save souls for God’s kingdom.
I pray that God will convince you to vote and that guides your choices of the best candidates. If you believe our country is becoming more evil and less Christian, it could be because good Christians aren’t voting or they aren’t voting for righteous candidates.
Robert Boudreaux, Waldorf