Should Chris­tians vote?

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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