Every election season, we have seen how politicians will dramatically work their way to the office. Most often than not, they would use black propaganda or dirty political tactics to put their opponents into a dark light.
It is true that the majority of people believe that it is our duty to cast our votes. From civic schools to national televisions, voting is considered to be a patriotic duty that all must do. People who vote are called responsible citizens and they are even praised.
In the midst of the political chaos and mess, should Christians vote? This is an important question that we must face and the answer is quite simple and plain. Christians should NOT vote. They should not even be found endorsing any candidate!
In this post, let me share with you 10 reasons Christians are discouraged to vote and participate in local or national elections.
1. Being apolitical saves us from debates and divisions
The Bible condemns division in the strongest sense (I Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17-18). There is no doubt that people will have their own views when it comes to politics. People will have their own bets and candidates.
I, personally, have seen close friends and families fight over who should win the election. Most often than not, this situation leads to bitterness and dispute.
Now, imagine if the same thing will happen within the church because of secular politics. Sometimes, people fight so hard for their candidates who probably wouldn’t even know that they exist. This is highly possible to happen if the Church would get involved with politics.
Politics breeds division and not unity, both at the church level and national level.
2. Voting is subject to human weaknesses
Voting is based on the decision of humans and therefore, subject to human weaknesses. As hard as we would like to see a change in our government and our nation, we will utterly fail.
Democracy can be considered one of the best forms of government. However, we know that HUMANS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO RULE OVER OTHER HUMANS. All we have to do is step back and see the bigger picture. Study history and you will find failed governments are ruled by selfish human nature.
3. Most politicians are people-pleasers rather than God-pleasers
For a politician to win, he/she has to please the people. He/she would do everything just to get people’s vote. Most often than not, that politician has to compromise his or her moral principles just to meet the needs of everyone.
4. This whole world is deceived
We read in revelation 12:9 that this WHOLE world is deceived. For this reason, many people are blinded to the truth. We can see Satan’s deception all over the world and in every fabric of our society including politics.
No matter who you vote for, we really don’t have the right tools to discern their heart. Therefore, we will just ultimately make the wrong choice in choosing a candidate.
5. Satan is the god of this world
We read in II Corinthians 4:4 that Satan is the god of this world. He is the evil force behind every government. So why would a Christian participate in politics when we know that Satan controls it?
Of course, God is in ultimate control. He can use anything to accomplish His will and purpose. But for now, we just have to let God handle this and be careful not to put things in our own hands.
6. We are called to be separate from the world
As was mentioned above, this world is ruled by Satan. Light and darkness can’t mix. That’s the reason we can read, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate” (II Corinthians 6:17). Moreover, the Apostle John wrote in his epistle:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is NOT of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abides for ever” (I John 2:15-16).
7. Jesus will not participate in politics today
Obviously, we are called Christians because we follow Christ. WE ARE TO COPY JESUS. If Jesus is here on earth today, will you actually see Him endorsing anyone? Will he be participating in this world’s politics? Obviously, not.
8. Christians are part of God’s kingdom
We know that this is Satan’s world. Remember the conversation between Christ and Pontius Pilate? Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Mark very well the words of Jesus Christ. He said:
“MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).
Notice, that this is not the kingdom of Jesus. He further said that WE MUST NOT FIGHT and go to any war because our ultimate allegiance is to God and not to any human government. When we cast our vote, we simply are acknowledging that we are part of this world’s government instead of being part of God’s kingdom.
9. We are Ambassadors of Christ
In II Corinthians 5:20, we read that we are called, “AMBASSADORS for Christ”. In addition to this, Paul also mentioned, “For our CITIZENSHIP is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:20).
What are ambassadors? Ambassadors are accredited diplomats who are sent by a country as their official representatives to a foreign country. We are to become REPRESENTATIVES of Christ’s coming kingdom. Do you see any ambassador or foreign citizen casting their votes in a foreign land? Of course not!
10. There’s no worthy candidate
Study the politics of this world. If anyone wants to win the election, he or she needs to EXALT and PRAISE himself. That person needs to tell the people why they should vote for him or her. A person needs to show people how he/she is worthy of their vote – in effect, telling the people how good he or she is! Whether that person is telling the truth or not, we can see how self-centered politicians are!
They would say how intelligent, experienced, qualified, talented, and great they are while demeaning their opponents. Are you sure you want to vote for a person like that???
What did Jesus say to people like them? He said, “FOR WHOEVER EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED, AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED.”
Christians should stop believing that they can “fix” this world’s government. We should stop thinking that we can influence the government to be godly. Jesus came to this earth not trying to improve our government. Rather, HE CAME AND ANNOUNCED THE COMING KINGDOM OF GOD.
No human government can bring lasting peace and prosperity. No matter who you will vote and no matter who will assume the highest office in the human government, biblical prophecies tell us that things will get even worse as we approach the end time. It is only the Kingdom of God that will make this world a better place to live in.
Therefore, let us all pray, “THY KINGDOM COME!”