Why I Won’t Be Voting

I have no idea what the date of this will be, but the polit­i­cal signs and ads in yards and on tele­vi­sion indi­cate that it is approach­ing rapid­ly: Elec­tion Day. But when­ev­er it is, I won’t be at the polling place when it rolls around. For me, it is sim­ply anoth­er day. It comes and goes with­out caus­ing me a bit of anx­i­ety. I can­not help but snick­er at how uppi­ty peo­ple get regard­ing elec­tions. Chris­tians who shy away from defend­ing the gospel will express all man­ner of strong emo­tion when it comes to polit­i­cal races.:”(This seems to be part and par­cel with being a Chris­t­ian, unfor­tu­nate­ly. Chris­tians get emo­tion­al about music, edu­ca­tion, pol­i­tics, and all sorts of oth­er things while for­get­ting all about bold­ness when the sub­ject turns to Jesus Christ and His mes­sage.)”: This behav­ior is strik­ing to me. 

When I was spir­i­tu­al­ly young, I thought that to be a good Chris­t­ian meant I had to be a patri­ot and love Amer­i­ca, sign all the right peti­tions, and vote for all the right(-wing) peo­ple. I myself got uppi­ty when I came across Chris­tians online who did not share my zeal for eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal “bat­tle.”

Well, all of that was before the begin­ning of the sola Scrip­tura epoch in my life.

You see, it is one thing to be a Christian–to be born again, to love the Lord, and to be active in activ­i­ties called Chris­t­ian. But it is entire­ly a dif­fer­ent thing to be a Christian–to be born again, to love the Lord, and to hunger and thirst for His word and the activ­i­ties it prescribes.

Plac­ing the Bible in such a place of promi­nence is seen as odd by some. Accu­sa­tions of “wor­ship­ing the Bible” might even be tossed around. But the Lord Him­self has mag­ni­fied His word above even the name by which I am saved (Psalm 138:2); because my Sav­ior is wor­thy of all my praise, I can find no harm in mag­ni­fy­ing the Bible in my life either. It is impor­tant to God, and I would be fool­ish to let some­thing else super­sede its place in my life.

So what does that have to do with why I will not be vot­ing? Sim­ple. The pol­i­tics of the world are just that–of the world. In order to serve Jesus bet­ter, I choose not to entan­gle myself in the affairs of this life (2 Tim­o­thy 2:4). Now, cer­tain­ly, there are cer­tain activ­i­ties of this life that I am oblig­ed to–providing for my wife, work­ing so that I might eat, prop­er­ly han­dling my finances, and so on.

But pol­i­tics is not a nec­es­sary pas­time for me. I know full well that the pow­ers that be–the gov­er­nors, mag­is­trates, pres­i­dents, and princes of this world–are there because God has ordained them to be so (Romans 13:1). That word “ordained” is the same as the one used in Acts 13:48, which states that those who were “ordained to eter­nal life believed.” God has cho­sen who will receive eter­nal life before­hand, just as He has arranged the gov­ern­ing of this world.

Now, before any­one calls me on this: God has cho­sen who will be saved, but He still tells us to preach the gospel; isn’t that anal­o­gous to us still vot­ing even though God has already cho­sen who will win the elections?

That anal­o­gy works at first glance, but it falls apart quick­ly when one con­sid­ers a sim­ple fact: God has cho­sen to make us a part of the sal­va­tion process through evan­ge­liz­ing, and He has told us to do so. Nowhere can such a com­mand be found in the Bible relat­ing to pol­i­tics. Nowhere does God even insin­u­ate that He needs or wants our help in plac­ing rulers in power.

And that is why I won’t be vot­ing. Whether I do or not won’t affect who will be elect­ed. The choice has already been made, and the Choos­er does not ask for my help imple­ment­ing it.

If this makes me a bad Amer­i­can, that’s fine. The moment I die, that isn’t going to make a bit of dif­fer­ence in my after­life. I’m cer­tain­ly not apa­thet­ic about who will win; know­ing that who­ev­er is in pow­er was cho­sen by God is a bit more com­fort­ing than know­ing that my vote helped put some­one there who could poten­tial­ly mess things up bad­ly. Does this mean that those God ordains won’t mess things up? Of course not. But it does help in the real­iza­tion that things are hap­pen­ing accord­ing to God’s greater pur­pose and plan. The world is being guid­ed toward the events of Rev­e­la­tion every­day, and it is not because some Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats wast­ed count­less mil­lions to get some votes.

It is because God is Sov­er­eign. And that is why I won’t be voting.

4 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Be Voting”

  1. The pow­ers that be are not nec­es­sar­i­ly peo­ple here they are the rights the lib­er­tys of the people.

    ex-oo-see’-ah
    From G1832 (in the sense of abil­i­ty); priv­i­lege, that is, (sub­jec­tive­ly) force, capac­i­ty, com­pe­ten­cy, free­dom, or (objec­tive­ly) mas­tery (con­crete­ly mag­is­trate, super­hu­man, poten­tate, token of con­trol), del­e­gat­ed influ­ence: — author­i­ty, juris­dic­tion, lib­er­ty, pow­er, right, strength.

    Rom 13:1 Let every soul be sub­ject unto the high­er pow­ers. For there is no pow­er but of God: the pow­ers that be are ordained of God.

    The way this word is used in scrip­ture clealy means lib­er­ty or rights. It does not mean that you should­n’t vote because vot­ing is allowed in the US accord­ing to the del­e­gat­ed pow­ers or lib­er­ty. God has ordained this law and he allows us to vote, it is our right.

    Ill do a short arti­cle on my web page per­haps. Good arti­cle though, just giv­en you my view point some­thing to think about.

  2. Ezra, thanks for shar­ing that. I have nev­er heard that view­point before. I look for­ward to your article!

    But if it is the gov­ern­ing peo­ple who set the laws and lib­er­ties of the land AND it is God who ordains those lib­er­ties, then would­n’t the out­come be the same–regarding lib­er­ties, anyway–no mat­ter who is in charge?

    If this is the case, then I must con­fess that I still won’t be vot­ing. An unin­formed vote is a mean­ing­less vote, and pol­i­tics is not some­thing which I follow.

    Suf­fice it to say, I will live by faith that what­ev­er hap­pens will be for the glo­ry of God and focus my thoughts and ener­gies else­where as a mat­ter of per­son­al choice.

  3. Love your site, and your thoughts. But, I beg to dif­fer with you on this my brother -

    What say you to the 40 mil­lion dead babies that Amer­i­cans have sac­ri­ficed through abor­tions since 1973? Will we respond to the clear bib­li­cal man­date to cry out for jus­tice on behalf of those who have none? To take care of the needy and those who have no priveleges?

    If not for any oth­er issue on the plat­form, I believe the issue of abor­tion is enough to draw every believ­er to the polls. If “right­eous­ness and jus­tice” is the foun­da­tion of God’s throne, are we remiss not to pray and do our part to see that men and women who sup­port life be elect­ed into office? Sure­ly it is God’s mer­cy that this hap­pen, that per­haps judg­ment on our nation will be less severe. For every deed will be account­ed for by the Holy, Just God, is not vot­ing a cry for mer­cy more than it is a bal­lot for a politician?

    “There­fore He who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it…”

    Bless­ings dear friend.

  4. couch,

    You make a good point, and we most cer­tain­ly should be cry­ing for mer­cy, and if vot­ing is an out­let for that for you, that is awe­some. Vote and vote often! :)

    The issue of abor­tion isn’t so much a polit­i­cal one. Sin­ners will mur­der even if it’s illegal–which is why there’s still a drug prob­lem, a theft prob­lem, and so on. Abor­tions will take place even if it is made ille­gal. (Now, if gov­ern­men­tal jus­tice took after the Old Tes­ta­ment mod­els, that’s quite a dif­fer­ent sto­ry. There were no jails: you paid by death, giv­ing up a hand, or ret­ribu­tive pay­ments. I think that’d change things quite a bit, but Amer­i­ca will nev­er be like that.

    The moment gov­ern­ment was place into the hands of the peo­ple (the major­i­ty is rarely right), it gave up any notion of ever being bib­li­cal, in my opinion.

    How­ev­er, I believe that God is Sov­er­eign and is guid­ing the affairs of men. He used Herod’s slaugh­ter­ing of chil­dren under two for His pur­pos­es, and I would­n’t be sur­prised if cur­rent affairs were some­how work­ing toward His glo­ry. I’m cer­tain­ly not con­don­ing abor­tion and I don’t mean it to sound that way, I am mere­ly men­tion­ing a possibility.

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