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There is a lot of pressure to “do your civic duty” and vote. People will tell you if you don’t vote it’s like throwing away your freedoms. Others say that a non-vote is a vote for the other side—typically whichever side they are not voting for. It is an individual choice on whether or not to vote in the upcoming elections, but for me, the reasons not to get involved outweigh the reasons in favor of it.

Don’t misunderstand me, I do have opinions on the candidates who are running, and I often have to restrain myself so that I don’t get caught up in the racket of it all. Although, that is one of the problems. If I allow myself to get caught up in it, then my attentions are drawn away from where they need to be. We are told to look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). It is important to remember that the leadership and Kingdom I seek is not of this world and is unshakable (Hebrews 12:27-28). We are told, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you” (Matthew 6:33 Modern English Version throughout).

For every single talking-point I might like, there are always others that are completely against my beliefs. How could I choose someone that would inevitably choose to do things that are in opposition to what God would choose?

Relationships and God’s way

While Christians are often criticized for their beliefs, we can also create more strife by being involved with the political system. People become very emotionally involved, so much so that they have come to blows over differing opinions. Over the years I have found if I side with any candidate’s political stance overall I inevitably upset someone. This can lead to, at the very least, a heated conversation, and at the most, a long-lasting animosity between myself and the other person. Do I want to damage my relationships with others over politics? This can happen with friends, family, and fellow church members. We all have varying views on aspects of life, but we should never strive to create division.

As a Christian, I am taught to love my neighbor as myself (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 23:39, Mark 12:31). Although Christians are sometimes attacked for their beliefs, because I am to love my neighbor, I do not want to create any other circumstances that make my relationships more tenuous. Jesus stated the greatest commandments: “'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” It is difficult to show love to one who is offended (Proverbs 18:17-19).

While we may want to vote for the person that most reflects our godly beliefs, there is no earthly person that can fulfill the true need. If we are told to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all people (Matthew 10:7, Acts 28:31), I cannot in good conscience promote or support a leader of any political party. For every single talking-point I might like, there are always others that are completely against my beliefs. How could I choose someone that would inevitably choose to do things that are in opposition to what God would choose?

We are told that we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). I cannot be an ambassador for Christ and also represent another leader. I must trust that God knows what is best and pray that His will be done (Matthew 6:10). I also have to look at the Bible to guide me. One scripture states, “It is He who changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who know understanding” (Daniel 2:21, see also Romans 13:1).

If God sets up leaders according to His will, what makes me think I am any wiser? God’s plan may indeed allow evil leaders to be in higher positions. Scripture shows that it happened in Israel. Bad kings rose and fell according to how little or how much the people were staying on course with God. He allowed evil kings to rise to power or kingdoms to fail. When the people remembered their God He often restored a loving king to lead them.

For me, throwing support behind a government leader is saying that I don’t trust God’s leadership. God says we should be different (Romans 12:2). We are to be preaching the gospel and being citizens of heaven. “But our citizenship is in heaven, from where also we await for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

Comments

  • SBushert

    Nice stuff Lorelei.

    We need to recognize we have real citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven, and act accordingly. Paul took claim once regarding his Roman citizenship... was it for political activism? Nope. He sought a way to expedite getting to Rome as he was told by the Spirit that he would indeed go there. Paul never once acted in a politically active way, nor did he ever speak a word toward so-called civic duty. Same with our Lord Jesus. Excellent examples, as are you Lorelei.
    For those who believe they are doing sometihing useful by "getting infvolved", either you will learn better as time goes on, or I will. Either way, that's good stuff that our Lord will do.

  • Lorelei Nettles

    Thank you, Steven. I love your line either they will learn or you will. I appreciate the feedback.

  • barbara Diggs

    Voting or not voting doesn't make or break what is already predestined. The Eelectoral College's votes truly make the determination of who becomes president, not the people's vote. We learned that for real in this election (Clinton-majority of people's vote vs. Trump-majority electoral votes. Trump wins with majority electoral votes (lol)). A lot of people are not aware of the Electoral College factor, whether it was lack of paying attention in history/government class or just not getting the election process period. Why political parties stress that people come out in droves to vote is beyond me; knowing that the outcome of the more people who vote in any given state, the fewer electoral votes are given for that state. Scripture says to respect authority because all authority comes from GOD and those in positions of authority have been placed there by GOD.....(Romans 13: 1 Peter 2:13-14; Matthew 22:21, etc.). (Also read 1Samuel chapter 8-Israel requests a King thru 1 Samuel 10:27, etc) interestingly to say be careful what you ask for in replacement of GOD's Leadership. (There's nothing new under the sun - Ecclesiastes)

  • Babs

    I'd say, Lorene I, that you put yourself out on the line taking the stand that you did. To vote or not to vote can be a controversial matter in the Churches of God as well as a personal matter. I, too, remember being told by the ministry that anyone who votes is looking to promoting this world and does not look to God's Kingdom. I have since recanted on that issue as well as many other issues. God is a God of peace and harmony. I found that many so called worldly issues discussed in church, have become a breeding ground for controversy and division. Indeed, opportunity for micro managing each other yet in the next breath, we have love for one another's opinion.
    I've been admiring the issues in the Beyond Today magazine because the professional writers do not express personal views. The stand each writer takes is not expressions of 'their' personal take on world issues, to get involved or not, but they take the context of scripture, prophecy, reading and searching worldwide happenings, discourse in meetings with others of like mind, educated, plus years of personal experience to keep personal opinions out and to insert the facts for every reader to decide.

  • Lorelei Nettles

    I know this is an old post, but I wanted to reply to it. I did take a personal stand here, but as the title says it is why "I wouldn't be voting". I explained my view on it and passed no judgment on others. Now as we pass another election and the results come in, I still believe that God has put up who he wants in office to continue His plan.

  • Trick James

    This topic has been a very timely, interesting , and informative as I try to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. Shannon G Mitchell commented about how James 4:17 and Heb 5:14 applies to this matter. I would add Luke 20:25. By time and chance I was born an American citizen with the God given responsibility to the type of government that it was established under, which includes citizen input through voting on how that civil government is governed. Because of that, my feeling is that voting falls under rendering to Caesar what is Caesars. Elections not only have national consequences but very important local issues that immediately effect our local village and community. Issues such as as should a School Board candidate that is pro abortion, and has a has a homosexual agenda be supported or the candidate that is pro life and wants the students to use the locker room and bathroom according to the gender they were born with. I do not feel voting is disrespectful or shows lack of faith in God. I am not talking about getting in peoples faces and trying to influence others but just quietly doing my civic responsibility. If I am wrong my God will correct me.

  • MBurgos

    James, I agree with your assessment. I have listened to many sermons and sermonettes regarding voting. These are all the speaker's opinions. None of them satisfy me. I vote. And will continue to do so as long as in my estimation I am voting for the candidate that best aligns with my beliefs. As Plato once stated, "If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." On a different subject, I am also retired from the US Army. I know the church's doctrine on that also and I don't buy it. None the less I continue to observe the Sabbath and the Holy Days. God have Mercy on me if I am wrong. But I believe that some body has to defend this great country that God has given us. There are many patriots in the UCG. I know, I have conversations with them all the time.I never heard anyone in UCG make reference to Ecclesiastics 3. But I am hopeful.

  • KARS

    Hi everyone,
    This is one of many reasons why I didn't vote: "
    "In this country, the winning presidential candidate is not determined by popular vote. It is possible to win the majority of votes, but lose the election. This has happened three times in American history, most recently in 2000. So it is not necessarily the American people who determine the next president, as it is the 538 electors, who are themselves selected by the popular vote in each state. They are the ones who actually determine who the next president will be."
    So, it's time to just continue praying for the ministry, our families, brethren, and the people whom God the Father put in power.

  • Greg Redlarczyk

    46 years ago a minister told me I was wasting my time organizing my filthy county's first Earth Day. He said Christ will clean up all the pollution when He returns. I did it anyway and our water and air is much better. The only down side was the EPA has turned into this governments' SS - storm troopers.
    I believe Jesus would want us to do good and fight evil before He returns. A vote for a flawed human like Trump isn't saying I prefer human government over God's Kingdom. There are those who comment that there is little difference between the candidates. That lack of insight and knowledge of the issues scares me. Deut. 30 v 15 says we are to choose between good and evil. To me the choice is obvious. I choose to try to stop more evil coming to this nation. In the long run I know evil will win until Christ returns, but I choose to resist it as long I can.

  • Babs

    I totally agree with you, Greg!

  • annie.ross

    i agree with your point of view, greg, except i don't think it is so obvious, at least not to me; i am not a political guru by any means. this is a really fine line to me. i can take a stance that i surely am not in control and have no business voting on either side - God's will be done! - or take a stance that i need to do what i believe will help to not sink deeper into the quagmire we are obviously headed for, already in, and where we exist.
    i surely don't know all the who's or what's or why's - that's God's area of expertise, not mine. and i don't make all the right choices even after praying, or even aBout praying. but i don't believe i am supposed to rest on my laurels, and not use my God-given brains, either. (oh my! not that i am saying AT ALL that not voting is doing that!)
    i guess i can kind of see it like an individuals choice of Yay or Nay on eating out on the Sabbath. it's a conviction in my gut. individual. and Who knows ... this all may be part of our trials and teaching for God's Kingdom.
    when i voted, i was not running from my trust and faith in God.
    when i voted, i was hoping and praying i made the best choice i humanly could.

  • Lorelei Nettles

    Thanks for your opinion Greg, I know some feel this way. I understand that each individual makes their own decision on this issue. However, my conviction on the matter remains. I look back to when the people wanted a king in the Bible and I read what God said. "...For it is not you they have rejected, but Me they have rejected from reigning over them." (1 Samuel 8:7) While I realize God let the people have what they wanted, I cannot help but feel that this is a message to us all. Are we rejecting God? I cannot speak for Him, but I will say that I have prayed for God's guidance on the subject and have not changed my stance on the subject. As my title states, these are the reasons "I" don't vote.

  • kathysanny

    This has been on my mind too and I have been distressed by the dialog going back and forth on social media.
    There is a coming Babylonian system where we will be called upon to place our trust in God rather than worship a leader. We are not there yet.
    The question of the day is whether or not people are looking to a leader from this election to solve our nation's problems and to turn the tide for a little while and give more time to preach the gospel.
    I also read in Daniel as you did, Lorelie, about how God sets up kings and removes them. We cannot place any trust in fickle human beings, and I choose to bow to the wisdom of the ultimate ruler. Politicians are prone to doing an about face once they are in power.
    I do not feel that voting necessarily shows a lack of faith in God or places our allegiance in a place apart from the kingdom, but my final decision was that I felt no matter who comes into power, we must pray that God's will be done and we be allowed to exercise freedom to worship Him. If someone thinks by voting (or not voting) they are affecting this outcome apart from praying for it, they have misplaced trust.

  • Rudy Rangel

    Praying to God to guide the outcome IS action. It is doing something. It's going to the highest authority and asking Him to intervene. It's more powerful than voting. God doesn't need us to get behind the banner of a candidate to see where our allegiance is. God is fully aware of what is going on and He knows what He is going to do about it.

  • derrickrose73@gmail.com

    Prayer, teaching God's way of life, and practicing it is the most powerful thing we can do for anyone, if your are truly a Christian. Our requests to God are a far more powerful act than placing a ballot in a box. An ancient king of Babylon was told that he would be in the wilderness as a while beast until he learned this lesson. At the end of seven years he was convinced of this truth (Daniel 4). "The Most High rules in the kingdoms of men and gives it to whom He wills"... verse 17) Thank you Rudy!!!

  • Lorelei Nettles

    Thanks, Rudy I completely agree.

  • kday

    To me, Hillary represents the advancement of homosexual abominations and law breaking illegal immigration. Trump represents ungodly international and national quarrels, ungodly attitude, profane, vulgar anti-godly rhetoric. Plus national and international dissent to the point I would feel guilty if who i voted for either one of these candidates in continuing what they believe in or stood for before coming into office. I'll let God decide in this election, his will be done, because this election I want no part of. I wouldn't vote for Hillary, and Trump is a major gamble considering his pledge to isolate major allies or inspire them to distance themselves further from us from bad economic policies and potential for great trade wars.

  • the simplistic1

    The world system as a whole is contrary to the nature and character of god.
    1 John 2:15 states,
    Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
    This has profound implications and to partake in the mud slinging election process means your total and absolute faith is not in God, to which only God alone is going to change this world.
    As usual, I too will not be voting in a meaningless election that represents nothing but a sad ,self serving popularity contest that's full of lip service.
    Thy kingdom come!!!

  • Lorelei Nettles

    Thank you Eddie,

    I agree with your statements.

  • stephencummings

    i believe that no one has the solution to our problems but God is the only one that has the ulimite solution

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