Ask the Pastor 32
Should Christians Vote?
One of the great over-riding principles that we learn from the book of Daniel is that God sets up the rulers of nations and kingdoms such as we read, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” (Daniel 4:25). Then in Romans 13 we read, “There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (vs 1). There are those who take this to mean that all has been determined by God and our voting will not change it. However, the same thing is true concerning the events of our lives, that all things are certainly unfolding according to His sovereign will and He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). At the same time, we are told to pray, to ask, seek and knock that we might receive (Matthew 7:7-8). It is clear that the Lord expects us to continue to work, be faithful, be holy and thereby be used of Him to carry out His will. We also read, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2). In our form of government, the way in which the righteous are in authority is by the vote of the people. We are to submit ourselves to the authority over us, therefore, as a part of our submission, we participate in this representative democracy by voting. As Christians we vote in favor of righteousness.
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