In this article, I would like to address the issue of whether or not Christians should vote.
I can remember as a young man living through the stifling economic times of the Jimmy Carter years. It was during this time that I became politically aware and developed a conservative worldview. The values that most conservatives espoused were consistent with my own values as a Christian, so I gravitated toward the conservative point of view and became politically involved.
At the time, I had a “God-country mentality. My first vote was cast for Ronald Reagan, and every republican candidate after Reagan garnered my vote as well.
It wasn’t until Barack Obama that I began to question whether or not I should participate in the electoral process. I found Obama to be the antithesis of the values I hold dear as a Christian. Neither could I support John McCain, his opponent. His values weren’t much better. So, for the first time since I voted for Reagan in 1980, I decided not to vote. I didn’t know at the time that God was leading me out of what I call “Political Babylon.” It was a seminal moment in my Christian walk.
Having made that decision, the Lord opened my understanding to where my allegiance should really lie – the Kingdom of God. I realized then that my citizenship was in heaven and not in this world. Like Abraham, we should consider ourselves strangers and pilgrims here on earth – Hebrews 11:13. The Greek word for strangers is xenos; it means foreigner or alien. I have no continuing city on this earth – Hebrews 13:14. The only way that someone gets to participate in the political process of a sovereign nation other than his or her own is by nefarious and illegal means, and a lot of that is going on in this system.
During that epiphany, I came to realize that patriotism was a form of Idolatry. I have seen churches with signs on the front lawns that read, “Support Our Troops.” Are they really our troops? No! They aren’t. It wasn’t “our troops” that apprehended Jesus in the garden. It wasn’t our troops that mocked Him and spit on Him. It wasn’t our troops that nailed the nails in His hand and feet. These were armies of this world, and we are not a part of this world – John 17:16.
Psalms 2:1-3 is clear that the kings of the earth and the rulers set themselves against the Lord and against His anointed. The United States of America is not excluded from this cabal of kings and rulers of the earth who are against the Lord and His people.
When Jesus prayed, in the 17th chapter of John, He didn’t pray for any worldly country, including the one He lived in – national Israel. In fact he specifically told the father that He was not praying for the world – John 17:9.
It really saddens me when I see Christians marching on Washington and petitioning the federal government to do for them what Jesus, through His sacrifice, has already done – 2 Peter 1:3. I cannot imagine any of the first century Christians marching on Rome or voting to get caesar to supply their needs. God supplies our needs, brothers and sisters, according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.
The early Christians were martyred in some of the most cruel and sadistic ways because they would not acknowledge caesar as their king. Christians today, on the other hand, unwittingly give their support to some of the most godless men on the planet and call them “our president.” This, I think, is a slap in the face to our Lord and King who purchased us with His own blood. Our leader and shepherd is the Lord Jesus Christ and there is no other.
Once again we find ourselves caught up in another election cycle. Several candidates, democrat and republican, are vying for the supreme position of president of the United States, leader of the free world.
Donald Trump seems to have an inside track on all the other candidates. He has obviously tapped into the same desire for “change” that Obama tapped into during his candidacy. And, once again the world and sadly many Christians are looking for a hero. This time he wears the republican instead of a democrat cape.
I don’t have any problem with the nations of the world choosing their own leaders. what I do have a problem with is God’s people, who are a citizens of the Kingdom of God, joining with the world in choosing godless men to rule over them and thus being active participants in their own enslavement.
Consider the fact that Christians in this country and in many other western democracies are being persecuted and made subject to draconian laws enacted by the political leaders that they themselves voted into office.
- As a child, I can remember praying in school. Now, it is against the law. Christians voted for the leaders who enacted these laws. The rabbit hole goes deeper.
- A Christian baker was sued by a lesbian couple because they refused to bake a cake for their wedding. The court ordered the bakers to pay the lesbians $135,000 in damages. I wonder who they voted for? You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
- Hobby Lobby, a Christian owned business, was mandated by Obamacare to provide abortion causing drugs to its employees. They sued the government and fortunately the courts ruled in their favor.
- The “War on poverty,” a government program started by Lyndon Johnson in 1964 is a case and point of how Christians, by voting, participate in their own enslavement. During that time, the government became the provider for the poor of this country both Christian and nonchristian. Health care, food, housing, even money was provided by the government. Christians who once trusted God and their own work ethic became totally dependent on the Federal Government to supply their needs. Those who became dependent participate in their own enslavement at the ballot box by voting for those who prop up and perpetuate the welfare state.
Every election cycle, a symbiotic dance begins in which Christians and the beast/government exchange benefits. Christians receive support in the form of either welfare or some other promised provision. Christians reciprocate by giving their loyalty to the government in the form of political support. The arrangement has the effect of keeping certain politicians in power and their Christians supporters perennially groveling at the public trough.
During the last election cycle, Christians and nonchristians alike swooned and fainted during Barack Obama’s speeches. most of these people, especially blacks, could not articulate one reason for their support of him other than the fact that he is black. This kind of blind support is troubling to me and is against the teachings of – 2 Corinthians 5:16.
When Christians place their stamp of approval on a certain politician, they, in effect, become a partaker of the evil deeds of said politician. Let’s think about this for a moment, friends.
Barack Obama has enacted immoral laws such as making homosexual marriage the law of the land. He has also fomented violent revolutions in other countries causing Christians (Our brothers and sisters) to be brutally murdered and displaced by Muslim Jihadist. Because of the policies of this president and the prevailing zeitgeist during his almost eight years in office, Christians are experiencing blistering persecution all over the world including here in the good ole USA. As an Illinois Senator, Obama voted against the “Born Alive Act” – legislation that required doctors to administer medical attention to babies who survived botched abortions. It is one of the most depraved things I’ve ever heard of. How could anyone deny medical attention to a living baby lying on a gurney .
Another egregious offence by Obama is his support and defense of Planned Parenthood. Recently, Planned Parenthood was caught on hidden camera selling baby parts from aborted babies. Not aware they were on camera, Planned-Parenthood doctors and staff glibly discussed positioning fetuses in a way to facilitate harvesting in tact baby parts which were then sold to the highest bidder. If the horrific nature of these offenses weren’t enough, Mr. Obama made this statement when ending a speech to Planned Parenthood: “God bless Planned Parenthood.” (By the way, Obama is the first president to ever address this organization.)
To Christians all over the country who voted for this man, you are a partaker of the evil deeds I have enunciated. You placed your Christian imprimatur on this wicked person and therefore blood is on your hands. I would admonish you to repent and begin the journey back to Zion via the highway of holiness.
Paul did not stone Steven, but he supported those who did and was just as guilty of Steven’s blood as if he had joined the mob in throwing stones.
Brothers and sisters, we are admonished in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them. You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils – 1 Corinthians 10:21.
Paul in 2 Timothy 2:4 admonishes us not to get tangled up with the affairs of this life. The Greek word for affairs is PRAGMATEIA. It means, 1) the prosecution of any affair, 2) business, occupation. So, I think affairs of this life would include political concerns. Don’t you think?
It is time to take seriously the command to come out of world – 2 Corinthians 6:17-18. Only then will we be received by God and enjoy the full rights and benefits of Kingdom citizenship.
I would like to point out to you that the whole world lies in the grip of satan – 1 John 5:19 The “world’ in the text means the system. The system is also called Babylon. There are 3 parts to the system, Political, Financial or Commercial, and Religious. The latter includes the myriad denominations and organizations that Christians are a part of today and all other false religions. By God’s grace, I have come out of Political Babylon and Religious Babylon. It is a bit more difficult to exit Financial Babylon as we earn a living there, buy and sell there.
God has a plan, however, that is going to extricate all true Christians from this system. It’s called the mark of the beast – Revelation 13:16-17. God is going to allow this to take place probably sooner than we realize. Those who trust God will be provided for by God’s riches in Glory. Those who are dependent on the system will take the mark of the beast and seal their fate forever. So, come out of Babylon, my brother and sister and become the overcomer God has ordained you to be.