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.
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