I've written 2 posts about our Biblical mandate to vote. This is a third, and hopefully final, installment of my treatise on why Christians need to vote at every opportunity.
The reason I am making this appeal is: I know people who profess to be Christian (or Messianic Jewish, or religious) who don't vote, and profess as their reasons either 1) God does not want them to vote, and/or 2) Their vote doesn't make a difference, and/or 3) They don't trust the government and have given up on the "system."
First, voting is one significant opportunity to "deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter," and to practice true religion, which is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
Right now, there is an 8-year old girl in Iraq, who is tied to a bed, wincing in excruciating pain, as an ISIS fighter rapes her for the 14th time today. Right now, there is a 12-year old boy in Syria, crying out in horror, as he is being nailed to a cross and hung up to die (crucified) for transgressing the Quran. Right now, a fellow Christian is feeling the searing pain of a knife sawing through their cervical spine as their head is being hacked off their body. Right now, a 14-year old girl in Iraq is having her hymen sewed back to the walls of her vagina to "restore her virginity" in order to obtain a higher price at auction when she is sold, after having been raped 133 times in the past week.
Why does this relate to voting? The Unites States of America was once the most powerful, agile, influential force on earth. Its military was determined and empowered to defend us and our allies. Now, because of who was voted into the presidency (by the lack of Christians participating in the polls - this has been verified), the US military is emasculated, confused, demoralized, sanitized, and handcuffed.
Right now, a baby is being delivered alive into the hands of a butcher who will ignore her humanity and will clip her face off with a scissors and pry out her brain, then pull her limb-from-limb, for her body parts to be sold to researchers. The "procedure" will be entirely paid for with your/my taxes. Elected officials recently had the opportunity to de-fund this practice, in the face of blatant evidence, and they crumpled under the pressure of the current satanic regime in the US government. Voting would have saved her life. Voting will save the life of the next innocent human baby who would have, absent your vote, had her body ripped and clipped into pieces and sold to the highest bidder.
Islam is catching fire. Islam teaches the extermination of non-Muslims. Islam teaches that lying, raping, enslaving, maiming, torturing, abusing, and murdering is valiant, morally acceptable, and noble. Islam teaches DEATH TO AMERICA. Islam/Jihad is festering in your neighborhood, coiled up like a snake, ready to strike at any moment. Our government is ignoring this reality and exacerbating it by deification of political correctness, "compassion," and selectively ushering in tens of thousands of Muslims as "immigrants," but ignoring the pleas of threatened Christian and Yazidis for asylum. Voting can influence how America deals with ISIS, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR), Hezbollah, Boko Haram, etc. Islam intends to destroy Israel and all Jews (and Christians and all non-Muslims). Voting can influence how safe we Americans, our spiritual family, and other innocent people all over the earth, are.
Is being complicit with murder, rape, torture, enslavement, abuse, and blasphemy ok with God? Is it ok with you? Would it be too much trouble to research and pray about who to vote for in 2016? Would it be too much trouble to take a couple of hours out of your busy schedule (of prayer, service, Bible study, etc.) to cast your vote for a righteous person who would advocate for the unborn, the fatherless, the widow, the 8-year old Christian girls who are, as you read this, being violated by a Muslim jihadist? Can you spare a couple hours to stand in line and choose a God-fearing president?
Did not Peter advocate (instruct) the election of a replacement for Judas (Acts 1)? Did not the apostles take some deliberate action to replace Judas (they chose Matthias after praying and asking God for revelation and casting lots). They had two nominees - Joseph and Matthias. They didn't just sit back and let the two armwrestle. They prayed and voted. Did not Paul direct the election of elders/overseers (1 Timothy, Titus, etc.)?
Did Paul mean, in Romans 13, that God elects people to government office, and we Christians shouldn't get involved in the process? Let's use logic to read Romans 13:
Romans 13: 1-7:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Is it logically possible for Paul's exhortation to make sense if the "ruler" is anti-God, corrupt, dishonest, Machiavellian, hedonistic, narcissistic, worldly, etc.? No, it is not.
Is there anything in Paul's words that forbids us from casting our lots for a God-fearing, righteous "ruler"? No, there is not.
Is welfare God's will? The Bible is clear that, in most cases, it is not. Paul said in 2 Thess 3:10 that if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either." Is socialism God's idea? Is communism? Is fascism? Is freeloading? Is citizenship for anchor babies? Is gay marriage? Is lawlessness? Is corruption? Is apathy? Is passivity? Is cowardice, hypocrisy, abortion, murder, rape, exploitation, favoritism, waste, fraud, dishonesty, worldliness, vanity, idolatry, etc., etc.? Did not several apostles state that they would gladly bear the consequences of obeying God, rather than man? If a "ruler" glorified things/people/ideas/practices that grieved God, do you think God would be pleased with the Christians, who by refusing to vote, put him/her in office?
There is so much ground that I could cover, but I don't have unlimited time to delve into the spiritual and logical realities concerning our responsibility to vote. All I can do is throw out a little teaser and pray that you will search the scriptures and pray and ask God what you should do - I can't convince you, but He can. And I believe if you ask honestly and humbly, He will guide you not only to vote, but to the person he wants you to vote for. And he can accomplish his purposes through that person, just like He has for milennia as seen in his word.
God bless you, God bless America, and God bless the next president of the United States.