Why as a Christian I will no longer vote:
Below is my “manifesto” on why I will no longer be voting as a Christian in America. This is where my conscience has led me after several years of praying, seeking God’s Word, and observing politics in the church. Again, these are MY biblical/personal reasons. This was not written to impose my beliefs upon you. But rather to share with you where I believe God is leading me.
- My vote seriously doesn’t matter. Daniel 2:21, Psalm 62:11, Romans 13:1. God is sovereign. The man/women whom He chooses up will get elected with or without my vote. And what if I vote for someone who doesn’t win? Am I not potentially voting against the will of God. #Yikes (bet you never thought of it that way) (Acts 5:38-39). There’s no such thing as a true democracy when you have a sovereign God.
- I see no place in scripture where Christians are commanded to vote. I’m commanded in scripture to pray for the leaders (1 Tim 2:1-4), be subject to governing authorities (Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:13-15), not resist government authorities (Romans 13:2), pay taxes (Romans 13:6-7, Matthew 22:21). There’s a difference between obeying/submitting to the government (as long as it doesn’t lead you into sin Acts 5:29) and participating in government.
- God’s government is not of this world. (Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:30). In fact, from Jesus‘ interaction with Satan in Matthew 4, we see in verses 8-9 that Satan currently is the “ruler of this world” and the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The whole world lies in his power (1 John 5:19, Daniel 10:13, John 12:31). Including this American republic….
- Christians are elect exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:17, 1 Peter 2:11), pilgrims (Hebrews 11:13), and ultimately our citizenship resides in heaven (Philippians 3:20). There is no “dual citizenship” in a Christians life. We are not Christians first and Americans second.
- My agenda and entrustment from the Lord is to preach the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:20, Philippians 1:27, Galatians 6:14, 1 Thess 2:4). The gospel, not politics, is the only hope for this nation. Do you want abortion to end? Proclaim the gospel. Do you want traditional marriage to be upheld? Preach the gospel. Only through changed hearts does a society change morally.
- Politics and Politicians in America are extremely corrupt. Elections can be bought with the most campaign money. Votes can be bought with earmarks. Unions and big businesses are mostly corrupt to the core and sway elections.
- Lobbyists. Enough said.
- We’ve created a political climate where people vote for the politician which “gives them the most free stuff.” Countless campaign promises, always broken. Most times, the best liar gets elected.
- How can I vote for a person to lead the country whom I never met? Think about this for a second: we don’t know these politicians.
- Conservative Christian Right. The gravest mistake the evangelical conservative church has made the past 30 years is becoming overly political, I believe. This has created an unnecessary barrier to proclaiming the gospel in America. Christians are not known as those people “who proclaim the gospel and call men to repentance” but rather as the “conservative republican base.” This has had, and will continue to have dire consequences in the American church….
- Political affiliation has torn the American church and brothers and sisters in Christ apart in this country. This is an understatement. Think black & white.
- The American government is supposed to legislate morality and uphold justice (Romans 13:3-4), yet our government through its legislation, programs, and corrupt politicians have legislated immortality at a rampant rate!
- The electoral college is antiquated and needs to go.
- Political deadlock. I’m tired of parties foregoing bipartisanship to push there agendas.
- The corruptness and bias of the media. Left and Right.
- Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
CONCLUSION: This is where MY conscience has led me and these are some of the thoughts I wanted to share. Thank you for reading, blessings!