Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Biblical Mandate to Vote

The world needs anger.  The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.
(Bede Jarrett)

I'm angry at what is going on in the world, in America, in Israel, and in my circle of friends and acquaintances. I believe  there are people around me who are allowing fellow believers to be persecuted, tortured, raped, mutilated, enslaved, trafficked, prostituted, starved, displaced, killed, and buried alive, unborn babies to be murdered, the Federal Government to rob us, our children to be propagandized, diseases, criminals, and terrorists to walk into America unchecked, our military to be feminized and weakened, our economy to be devastated, our national debt to balloon out of control, racism (or purported racism) to re surge and fester, perversity to become normal, and depravity to flood our culture and consciousness.  Drugs are being legalized. Same-sex marriage is being legalized, honored, celebrated, and normalized all around us. Everything the government is commandeering from the private sector is falling apart. New gods are springing up one after another (gender equality, political correctness, climate change, animal rights, reparations and reverse racism, freedom of speech (as long as it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or absolute Truth), freedom of sexual expression (including pedophilia, pornography, gender relativism, sadism/masochism, etc.).

Friend, there is a calculated and evil attack on marriage, faith and the American family.
(Jimmy Evans)

People around me are allowing Satan to do whatever he wants. They are passively and comfortably living in luxury, not caring what happens to this country or their children or my children or those suffering in other countries that America (or Americans) could help.  America is on the verge of collapse. And this isn't Satan's fault. It's not God's fault. It's not the Democrats' or Republicans' fault. It's not Obama's fault, or Bush's fault, or Clinton's fault. This is 100% the fault of the American voter (and NON-VOTER).

I urge my friends and neighbors, who do not vote, to read on.

There is good anger.  It is anger governed by self-control, motivated by compassion, desiring what is right versus what is wrong.
(Lynette Hoy)

Those who vote for criminals and God-haters are corrupt and I do not expect to change their minds. I hope to change the minds of those who do not stir them to righteous compel them to obey the clear command of God to love our neighbor, especially our neighbors who believe in Christ. This is a brief case for every God-fearing adult in America having not a choice and privilege to vote, but a mandate to vote. Every God-fearing adult in America must vote. Here's why:

1) God commands us to "Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering  to slaughter, Oh hold them back." (Prov. 24: 11-12). This includes the unborn and our fellow believers (and Jews) who are being "taken away to death." Verse 12 says ignorance is no excuse. What can we do? We can vote.

2) God commands us to take care of others (Jesus, John the Baptist, James, etc. - Matt 25: 31-46, Luke 3: 10-14, James 2: 14-17), especially those in our own and God's family (Gal 6:10, 1 Tim 5:8). Voting can open doors for us to more effectively take care of our families and others. For instance, if the IRS takes more of our money, we have less to give. And the government is without a doubt, the least effective and efficient means of "giving." Voting can keep the government out of our schools, out of our marriages, out of our parenting, out of our diet choices, our healthcare choices, our choices for when our parents are no longer worthy of living, etc.

3) God does not believe in abuse of welfare (2  Thess 3: 10-12). Voting can shape this nation's philosophy and practices  with regards to welfare. The current administration (elected because 30,000,000 evangelical Christians refused to vote last election) has a Marxist revolutionary view. We can do better than that, if we vote.

4) Jehovah's Witnesses do not vote. Although this is a weak point, it is a curious one that begs consideration. Theirs is a twisted view of the Truth, including the errant notion that 'coming out from among them and being separate,' means to live the dissonant life of enjoying the freedoms of America but not contributing to their preservation...or complaining about how bad things are getting but not contributing to their betterment.

5) "The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name." (Ex. 15:3) The Lord is not, never has been, and never will be, a pacifist. Jesus, who is the Lord, was not, is not, and will never be, a pacifist. He confronted evil and smug leaders and religious idiots and the retailers in the temple, sometimes with righteous fury. From here on you will see that God does not expect his family to be pacifists. I own guns and will shoot someone if forced to protect myself or my family from imminent threats. My vote helps preserve my freedom to do so. Jesus told us to turn the other cheek. But turning the other cheek has nothing to do with standing by and watching my wife or children be abducted, raped, killed, etc. Taking away my guns ensures that bad people have an advantage when they want to do their worst. It also puts me completely in dependence on the government for protection. Hmmm.

6) We are commanded to be good to Israel. We are promised blessings if we do and curses if we do not (Gen 12:3). It is painfully clear how anti-Israel the current administration is, and I anticipate consequences to America for being so. Voting can ensure we (America) treat Israel with the respect and care that God commands.

7) Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's..." (Matt 22:21). We pay taxes. We obey laws. We bite our tongues and put up with arrogant, misguided politicians on both political sides. But where do we see in God's Word that God wants us to passively accept whatever crazy ideas, rules, taxation, etc., that our mostly secular government hands us, even though our system allows us to vote? Jesus did not direct us to stay out of the government process. He commanded us to do our part in it, and although voting is not a requirement in our system, it behooves us as believers to vote for good people or at least the lesser of two evils.

8) Some arguments against voting come from being convinced that voter fraud is impossible to overcome. That is simply untrue. The last election would have been easily won by the conservative had Christians voted. I apologize for not having a long list of close elections, but one does exist. A few weeks ago Herman Cain ran down the list of VERY close elections over the past century, and there have been many that were decided by just a handful or a few hundred votes. Another argument is, "it's just getting worse, it's prophesied to keep getting worse, so why does it matter"? Just think it through. Can we save one more person from having all their fingers cut off, one knuckle at a time, then their throat slit, then beaten with posts, then buried still alive (a common practice of ISIS against captive Christians in Iraq), by voting for people who care? If so, is our vote worth the 30 minutes it takes to cast it? I think so.

9) The most common argument I hear from fellow believers is the notion that "Come out from among them and be separate..." (2 Cor 6: 17) means that God does not want us to enter the political arena or vote. Please read 2 Cor 6: 17 in context. Paul is talking about not being immoral. He is not talking about living in a bubble. Jesus prayed in John 17: 14-15, not that we would be taken out of this world, but that we would be protected from the evil one. Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This, to me, means voting for a believer, or at least a conservative (not to quit voting).

10) Another argument I hear is that since God establishes all authority, that our vote doesn't mean anything...God is going to put in power whomever he wants to, whether we vote or not.  I say that is a false notion, at least partially. Maybe God put Barack Obama in power precisely because his remnant here in America is so fat, dumb, and happy that we needed a wake up call. Maybe God didn't "put" him there; maybe he allowed Obama to take over this country and systematically unravel all things American and godly, starting with our system of law and order, and spend us into bankruptcy. This is clearly against scripture, as Proverbs speaks repeatedly of corrupt leaders and excessive debt (Prov 6:1 (debt), 6:14, 8:13, 11:15, 12:12, 12:22, 13:23, 14:34, 17:7, 17:26, 22:16, 22:26, 24: 21-25, 26:28, 28:22, 28:9, 29:7 (but not by socialism).

In Romans 13, when Paul is teaching us to submit to the authority of the government, and says that "there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God (v. 1)," he goes on to say in verse 3 that "...rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil." And in verses 5 and 6 he says, "Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing." I may ruffle some feathers with what I'm about to say. Paul, in this case, is only speaking about one side of the coin. If we look at the whole of scripture, we see Peter standing up to authority and stating that he must obey God rather than men. Not all rulers are friendly toward believers. Some rulers are/were downright satanic (Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Marx, Lenin, even some kings in the Torah were evil.). Castro, Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein, and many others were/are leaders who had no authority from God to forbid the worship of God.

So how do we reconcile that with Paul's teaching in Romans 13? How do we respond? First, we vote, as mature, responsible Christians, for people who will allow us to "live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." To not vote is to allow godless people to rule over us, to ignore the atrocities around the world and to force us as believers underground and to defy our elected godless government. To not vote is the height of irresponsibility.

Paul says this in 1 Tim 2: 1-4:  "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." Why would it be so "worldly" to vote for 'kings and all those in authority' that would be friendly toward 'living peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holines' and toward preserving the freedom to do our God-given part in seeing 'all people saved and come to a knowledge of the truth'?

11) Paul taught us in Ephesians 5 to cease conforming to the world and our old sinful ways (immoral, impure, covetous, filthy, unfruitful). In verse 11 he says, "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them." The King James Bible says, "...but also reprove them." Notice Paul did not say 'Do nothing,' or 'Go hide your head in the sand,' or 'Pretend you're not part of the system you happen to be in - go ahead and enjoy whatever it provides you but don't bother contributing to it in any way - that's the job of the unbeliever.' If we leave it to the unbeliever to choose our leaders, then we FORCE GOD'S HAND when it comes time to establish authorities here. Think about this - we humans partner with God in a lot of things - witnessing to people, protecting people, providing for people, keeping law and order, preserving the Bible and the faith as best we can, etc. It doesn't make sense to think that in this one thing (establishing leaders) that it is solely God's job. And it makes even less sense to believe it's God's job and his human partner is the unbeliever. That is shooting ourselves (and the truly helpless) in the foot, one day to become the equivalent of shooting ourselves in the head.

I simply cannot see a way around voting as a matter of obedience to God's requirements of us as his children. Granted, there are no clear calls to go to the polls in the Bible, but is there not ample evidence that God wants us to do what we can to further his kingdom here and help as many people as we can come to God and have basic necessities? Can we not spare a few minutes to vote for people who will allow us to do that? Can we not vote for people who will not try to force us to deny God and disobey him? Can we not vote for people who believe in and follow Judeo-Christian laws and basic forms of decency and reason?

This may not be a Winston Churchill moment. But I pray, literally, that God will convince you to vote this November and thereafter for HIM. Vote for God. You don't have to worship America or the political process to contribute to God's kingdom through whatever means possible. You give money to feed the poor, right? You pray for our leaders, right? You believe we have a responsibility to help those in need, right?

Voting can help or hinder the advancement of God’s kingdom and purposes here in America, in Israel, and in the world. Not voting can only hinder them.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

(Edmund Burke)

Please vote.

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