Should Christians vote? Yes!
"And He [Jesus] said to them, 'Whose likeness and inscription is this?' They said to Him, 'Caesar's.' Jesus said to them, 'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' And they marveled at Him.' "~Mark 12: 17 (ESV)
As Christians, we ought to marvel at Jesus’ desire for the separation of Church and State. And we must desire the same.
We rightly separate Church and State by giving to God what is His (Luke 10:27), and giving the world, what belongs to it; our freedoms in Christ to obey His precepts and bless the world by supporting those who uphold God’s laws for the protection and provision of His saints (see Gen 41:37-41, 45:7-8; Jeremiah 25:8-9; Is 44:28, 45:1).
Throughout biblical history, when God’s people have waned from wholeheartedly following His Word, He lifted up pagan leaders (e.g., Pharaoh of Joseph’s time, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, King Cyrus of Persia, etc.) to care for and discipline His wandering flock so that we might turn back to Him and away from all wickedness.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment...Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
~Romans 13:1-2, 5-7 (ESV)
And a vote to whom a vote is owed.
If we are commanded to pay taxes because it is right to do so in accordance with the wishes of the governing authorities that God has established, how much more shall we, as His holy and beloved children, exercise our right to vote for the one (even an unbeliever) who will:
- Uphold God’s commandments to honor the marriage union (which is the greatest human relationship on earth because it’s the earthly paradigm of Christ’s relationship with His Bride—the Church);
- Protect and defend the lives of those of those who cannot speak for themselves (unborn babies in their mother’s womb);
- Provide God’s people the freedom to worship the Almighty as He has commanded.
Don’t allow apathy, pride, disgust or the opinions of others direct your heart to do what is displeasing before the sight of God.
Let us behave like united saints of America and together, with one voice (Ex 24:3; 1 Cor 1:10) vote our faith; vote with a clear conscience before God and all people (Acts 24:16); to help promote, protect and defend what little morality is left in our country.
Note: National and state nonpartisan voters guides are available at: Christian Voter Guide and Citizen Link (a ministry of Focus on the Family).