Why A Christian Should Not Vote
Why A Christian Should Not Vote
It’s everywhere: analysis of Christian voters and where their loyalty will be in the voting booth, what will the “Christian left” and “Christian right” do, along with tons of various denominational messages such as advocating prayer for God’s intervention in the upcoming presidential election.
One thing is obvious, I can tell who their loyalty is NOT with – and that’s God.
Those who have secularized God have done a terrific propaganda campaign, so much so most of you think you are doing God’s will by voting and otherwise trying to influence government.
As one who believes in freedom, in non-aggression, in love, I reject voting. Any individual who believes in freedom, and wishes to be consistent in their professed principle, upon logical examination must come to the same conclusion. Voting is only for those who wish to impose/force their will upon another.
It is my brothers and sisters in Christ who I address in this piece, for no more egregious inconsistency (hypocrisy) do I see than the popular notion that voting is a civic duty a Christian should or must do, indeed some Christians and mainstream churches seem to nearly equate non-voting with sin…nothing is farther from the truth.
God’s Will Or Man’s?
I write this for fellow Christians, regardless of your particular faith or denomination or lack thereof. My message is for all who share one common denominator: A desire to evince God’s will in your life. For no matter the differences among Christian believers, the desire to serve God, to honor and remain true to our faith in our Heavenly Father, to do His will at all times, is the most important characteristic serious Christians share. To you, I share what I’ve learned after many years of experience in politics, years of devoutly seeking an understanding of living God’s will, and years of falsely believing I was being obedient to God by trying to influence electoral politics.
The majority of Christians, indeed the majority of Christian churches these days, proclaim the identical message of the godless world – that voting is a civic duty, a responsibility, an obligation to their country, their fellow man, and even unto God. There is little, if any difference, between Christian voices and worldly voices when it comes to voting. But I believe such churches, pastors, and followers of this social doctrine have accepted a dangerous deception. They have gone so far as to not only mistakenly believe a lie, but to cement it with a supposed stamp of God’s approval when it is actually, I believe, an unscriptural, unholy, and faithless act against God’s will. You either place your faith in God, or in man – as a Christian, trying to combine the two leads you away from truth and into darkness.
Two Kingdoms, Two Masters
Look at this way, there are two kingdoms we as Christians know of. The kingdom of God. The kingdom of man. The kingdom of God consists of those who, as I stated above, seek God’s will above their own and all others. The kingdom of man consists of those who place the mind of man, of itself, above all else.
Jesus told us, “…My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36, KJV)
Jesus never asked his followers to concern themselves voluntarily with the ways of the world. He didn’t instruct them to get involved in Roman politics to try and lessen Roman oppression by working within their system. He did not encourage them to choose politics as a means to spread their light. No. On the contrary, He encouraged sharing their truth through the way they treated all others, so that you, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, KJV)
And as we are told, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24, KJV). “Mammon” can, of course, refer to any worldly gain, power in any of its worldly forms.
With two kingdoms, there are two masters. The kingdom of man is the one you find yourself living in, but not spiritually part of. Jesus makes this clear in John 17:11-16, which I recommend every Christian meditate deeply upon, I quote: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (KJV)
So what does “my joy fulfilled in themselves” mean? And “that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”?
Christianizing The Secular and Worldly
Those who choose to be citizens of God’s will, so to speak, often find themselves at odds with the world around them. This should be no surprise, Jesus was persecuted, of course you will be. But does this mean you try to Christianize worldly activities of the faithless to fit in? Or perhaps, as many Christians rationalize political participation, to help God do his work on earth?
Thinking God needs you to intervene in a God-less faithless based system of men trying to control other men is diametrically opposed to His instruction. The Bible clearly teaches that God is well aware of every nation, and every man-made political system, government, and each of its rulers. And that, they, even in their evil, are part of His greater plan.
Never does God ask his people to try and gain political power nor influence it. He leaves the faithless to their political systems and to their ultimate demise. He doesn’t ask nor need you to try to change the outcomes. All will occur according to His greater plan of which you know nothing or little, and which does not need your joining with the evil forces of the world to try and do something for God. You should stand apart from their worldly activities, and focus on living your Godly life. Participation in the electoral system is a temptation to join in a worldly faithless activity; only evil will come into your life because of it.
Participation in the world’s elections, does not bring the “joy” Jesus was speaking of which he wanted you to have. Joy is of the light, of the blessings, of the pure. Take a look at the Sermon on the Mount – are politicians or governments mentioned – No. Every reference made is to those who are living their faith in their daily life. All the abundances of true joy emanate from following God’s will and living in such a manner as to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, KJV)
Good works refers to how you live every day. It’s referencing how you treat others, for the way you relate to others either makes them want to know more of what you believe and of your God, or it will repel them. Never did Jesus teach a follower of his should try to impose their will on another. He told us to preach, to teach, to share…not to try and use man’s government to force them to live as you do. Let others see the joy in your life, the happiness, the contentment…and when they seek to hear how you’ve become this way, you direct them to the faith you possess.
Voting is the way that the majority of people try to impose their will, their beliefs, their ideas, their concepts, their desires, upon others. It is a way to choose “representatives” who will legally steal (taxes) from your neighbors in order to give you what you want. Yes, the world of man will continue as it is, becoming mired into even greater darkness, but you, if faithful to God, should have no willing part in trying to reform it into a Christian entity – because it is not….never has been…never will be. It is not through force or violence (which all of government is based upon) by which you, as a child of God, should try to affect change – but in living a Godly loving life exemplifying that which you profess to believe.
Test Religious Teachings
But all too often, Christians succumb to the temptation to fall in with the worldly crowd for acceptance, and worse yet, their leaders add to this by indoctrinating them with falsehoods which though the opposite of their faithful calling make them feel more socially acceptable in their communities and thus begins their doing the bidding of evil. A true Christian must remember that religion still is of man, often pointing to God and His goodness, and helpful to one’s walk of faith, but by definition a religion involves differing men (often with good intentions) sharing their interpretations. This is why you, as a believer, must test every doctrine, even those from your church, within your own heart, seeking understanding that will come personally to you, to determine God’s will and to determine interpretations of the Scripture.
No other human being necessarily has any greater capacity than yourself to determine truth…to sort truth from falsehood…to determine what it means for you to live within God’s will. Listen to others, pray, ponder…but never blindly accept any other’s teaching above what your heart informs you to be so.
Your church, your spiritual teacher, your fellow Christians may be completely correct on some matters and completely wrong on others. All are mere human beings, no more, no less, than you. Thus, you must examine anything they want you to do or not do to see if it really is of God, for much of what Christians do today is sadly of man but mistakenly attributed to God, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14, KJV)
Deception of the faithful comes in many forms, and once accepted by one, it spreads to those who honor and respect them. This is why you, as a Christian, must always examine everything in prayer and supplication, regardless of who is teaching it. They may be your teacher in some areas, and you may be theirs in other important areas. Sadly, for all its remaining good, mainstream religion has become much like mainstream media – untrustworthy – you’ll get the truth sometimes, but also you’ll often get truth laced with lies – that’s the most dangerous kind of deception because its insidiously powerful. Sometimes they may propagate falsehood unknowingly and with good intentions (and sometimes perhaps with intentional deception).
A clear warning sign to all Christians about any matter should be observed and noted when the rhetoric of a Christian teacher is identical with that of the corrupt, faithless and humanistic majority. What better example of such a situation than the ‘get out and vote’ rhetoric you hear from the left/liberal and the right/conservative, the pro-war and the pro-peace, the pro-abortion and the pro-life, the faithful and the faithless, the believer and the atheist? How can a message be true when advocated by the diametrically opposed – it is because none of those who condone the current democratic system are opposed fundamentally – for all those I’ve mentioned who practice voting agree on the fundamental same thing: that man’s kingdom, man’s government, is the reality they live by, and that all solutions to mankind’s problems can come through man binding together, using his mind, to reform and make the world a better place. This fundamental deception now pervades Christian thought just as much as it does any God-less belief system. Consider, too, the prevalence of lies from government and its politicians; the rampant corruption and deceitfulness has become so commonplace it’s led to a most cynical perception of Americans about their government. Most politicians are nothing but minions of deceit, parasites, living off the toil of other men while simultaneously oppressing them. The only “god” they worship is power, but they are very good at deceiving Christians into thinking that their God wants them involved in the corrupt system, to better it, but as the saying goes, if the core is rotten…
Which brings us to the popular notion of “Christian candidates or “Christian politicians” and the “Christian vote.” Such terms should be repugnant to a follower of Christ as would be accepting the idea of “Christian Nazis.” Never should we join our faith in God and His will for our life with the secular world. Frankly, I speculate, based on my observation, that the majority of those calling themselves “Christian” who seek and who have obtained worldly political power are far from living the life Jesus taught us to live, but do find it handy and influential to claim to be of the faithful. Then there are those, a minute percentage I think, who are “Christian” per the definition I used at the beginning of this article, who have mistakenly accepted the false doctrine that they can serve God through the political arena. They think they are doing good and may can help others by using or changing the corrupt system. I was one of those, and I was wrong. All you’ll really change, and for the worse, is the quality of your life by filling your heart and mind with man’s strife instead of focusing your heart and mind on spirit and thus receiving and being a channel for God’s peace.
Ambassadors For Christ
The word “citizenship” is often used by those who seek to make you feel obligated to participate in their electoral system, but if a Christian, it is your Christian citizenship (so to speak) or one could say your heavenly citizenship of which you should concern yourself with only, not the political citizenship others would try and get you to believe in.
Beyond being citizens of God’s kingdom (even whilst here on earth), we can also be, as Paul told us, “ambassadors for Christ”. ( 2 Corinthians 5:20, KJV)
Patterning our life after Jesus requires us to live according to our Heavenly Father’s will, and to be receptive to sharing our faith, emphasis on sharing not forcing our faith upon others. Being an ambassador always means being a representative or messenger for another, for us this means representing Christ in all we do and sharing His message to those who seek to hear it. It means you voluntarily love one another, help the poor, feed the hungry, educate, teach, sharing what you have been blessed with…it does not mean trying to make others (who do not believe in this loving behavior) be the same way. All charity, all compassion, must be voluntarily given or else it will only in the long run serve to ironically exploit those it says it means to help – this is why government programs, based on stealing money from some to supposedly help others, always make social problems worse. True charity, justice, and peace, are the works of the faithful doing such works for those they encounter in their daily lives. To assign this to an entity comprised of other men is to not only falsely absolve your conscience of your duty as a Christian to help others, but is to condone every evil act that government does by condoning or validating its existence (and thus its evil actions) with your consent.
Respect Everyone’s Free Will As God Does
God respects your free will. Never has He forced you to believe, nor forced you to live righteously. Indeed, you can live any way you choose, within His will, or outside of it. He does nothing which restricts you from doing any behavior, but instead lets you decide which master you will follow. God never forces anyone to do His will. God forces you to do nothing. So then, why would you, as a Christian, ever arrogantly take it upon yourself to force other people, through the political system, to do your or what you perceive as His will? If God does not force others to live a certain way, why would you think you have the ethical, moral or righteous prerogative to do so? And that’s all elections and the government is about: forcing people to do the will of the men in power.
In the Bible, there are several references to how we as Christians should live, including Scriptures which have been twisted by churches to justify political involvement, and therefore misunderstood/misinterpreted by Christians who have never studied the origins (original meanings of texts/words) of said Scriptures. In all my personal study of the Bible, including the most often cited Scriptures used to validate governmental participation, I have discovered such Scriptures refer to the governance God intends for his followers amongst themselves – to our churches – never have I found any Scripture which instructs us to become part of the worldly governments man makes…meaning among those who share the same faith in God, we can choose to come together, because we share the same values and faith in God, to decide disputes amongst ourselves, for example (instead of going to man’s system to make decisions for us). Only Christians who voluntarily come together, amongst themselves, can choose democratic or representative solutions for disagreements, but for Christians to try and force others to conform to their beliefs is just as wrong as non-Christians trying to force Christians to conform to their value systems. You, as a Christian, may be subject to the tyranny around you, but you must not try to become a tyrant yourself. Jesus did not seek nor tell followers to gain control of the kingdoms of earth and He is our example.
Loyalty to God or Man?
You as a Christian have a loyalty only to God – never to a candidate, a political party, a government or a nation. You may decide to pray for anyone, including enemies, including politicians, to come to the knowledge and truth of God, but voluntary involvement within their systems is a mistake.
I think many Christians have good intentions when they participate in electoral politics, but as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I believe to the degree you willingly participate in the worldly systems of man to that degree you will have hell in your life. It’s a symptom that you’re making a serious mistake. God’s will for you, on the other hand, is a heaven on earth not a hell on earth. Once you begin to raise your consciousness, and begin to see the illusion of electoral participation for the faithless act is, you no longer can join in it without exhibiting willful disobedience to God. Once you feel convicted in the heart that your previous (though with good intent) political involvement is not the will of God for you, you have a choice to make: Will you continue to serve the kingdom of man in its rebellion against God? Or will you now wholeheartedly use all you’ve been blessed with to lovingly help yourself, your loved ones, and in other ways you can voluntarily help alleviate suffering?
We, as Christians, must focus on our spiritual life, for the spirit knows of love, peace, and faith. The political life is of man and knows only fear, division, and disturbance. Politics is of man in his quest to be as God. This is why it will always bring heartache, pain, frustration, loss of peace, to those who endeavor to evince God’s will. How can a Christian condoning a system which God allows, but is not of Him, experience peace? A Christian must be consistent in giving their allegiance only to God, never compromising it by trying to use worldly constructs to achieve an end. Your resources God has blessed you with are to be used for you, for your family, for helping people, for sharing your understanding; to use those God-given blessings in the service of man’s wicked system can only bring unsettling experiences and disappointments because political involvement is not of God.
There is a powerfully beautiful Scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:20, KJV, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
Often, we hear this referring to the spouse we choose in life, but it wasn’t just meant that way at all. It actually refers broadly warning against any close association of those in God’s will with those who choose darkness.
To join yourself, your heart, your mind, to any degree, to activities which the world and its lies will not only bring disturbance into your life, it will thereby make you a less effective ambassador of Christ. For your true work, while on earth, is to be in this world but not to become part of it – which means being wise enough to educate yourself, being caring enough to share what you have learned, and to do God’s work in your daily life by living according to his freeing principles which their world knows nothing of. You’ll find real peace there. Seek His guidance, and let God’s ways illuminate your path, not man’s ways.
Ponder what I have written. Pray. And remember, you can choose differently now, in this moment. You can right now forsake the meaningless (and evil) of their political system and its worldly elections, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, KJV)
Trust God’s Love For You Not Man’s Fearful Ways
Let the faithless who do not seek the truth nor value listening to it when it is available do as they will, and suffer the heartache of the consequences they will bring upon themselves. The faithless, the complainers, the worriers, the apathetic, the naive fools, and the power-hungry will vote and will seek worldly power. The weak and faithless majority will foolishly take heed of what politician does this or that, they will debate the merits of various man-made political attempts to exact justice, they will voluntarily fork over their hard-earned money to the politicians and parties, they will cause themselves headaches fretting over worldly matters, they will have spent a considerable amount of their life doing things which amount to nothing…and the manipulative evil-doers will laugh in glee at the masses’ gullibility.
For the faithful Christian, it doesn’t matter who becomes county commissioner, congressman, or even who becomes president. Your well being is not dependent on the outcomes of elections. God knows all you have need of and provides for you, his precious child. He does not want you filled with anxiety like the rest of the world, he seeks you to be in perfect peace simply by following and by trusting Him in everything. The times of struggling to know who to vote for, evaluating who is the least objectionable according to your values, the money and time wasted which could have been used to enhance your life or the lives of others, will be no more once you clear yourself of this illusion which puts man’s world above God’s world. Choose to trust God’s love and the fear many men want you to have (so that they can manipulate your actions to serve their agendas) will be gone.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
You can decide now that life is about loving others as Jesus taught us to do, and that life (the Holy Spirit) gives you many opportunities to shine your light and to be a blessing to others, and that no longer will you waste precious moments of life and resources upon their spiritually insane world. You can begin to observe their crazy world and all its charades such as elections and politicians promising peace and prosperity, while withdrawing yourself from participating in its acts of fearful desperation and anxiety. From now on, you can wisely use every resource you’ve been given for yourself and those you love. You can learn, prepare, and be a strong Christian individual…strong in faith…strong in using your blessings completely wisely from now on…and do it all with a peaceful mind. The laws of God, the laws of faith, true freedom, does not come from man…and neither does the peace “that passeth all understanding.”
Peace be with you.
(See also Voting: An Unspiritual Act by Christine Smith)