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One Political Comment

08 May

We are not political and we do not take sides in the political debate or arena. Our job is to point out God’s way and instruct the people of God to act accordingly. We are not going to tell people who to vote for or if the Republican party is closer to the Christian ideal than the Democratic party. That is not our call. We feel that both parties are far from the way God wants government to operate and call believers to, if they want to be in politics, form their own party and show the secular world that God’s way works.

We do not feel that believers can be connected to any secular political party due to the differences in ideologies and agendas. Such membership also sends a message of confusion to the world and we know that confusion is not of God. With that said we do have one political comment to make and our point is in response to the following:

They Tell Us We Must Vote- That It’s Our Duty…(https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/they-tell-us-we-must-vote-that-its-our-duty/)

Yes everyone has been told that they must vote, but the implication is that a person must go down to the polling station and enter the voting booth and actually mark their ballot with their choice of the candidate they want to represent them in government houses.They also say that if you do not do this you are being unpatriotic and letting the wrong people win.

We say that by not going to any official or unofficial place to cast one’s vote is actually a vote. It is saying that the candidates up for election or re-election are not the desired candidates of the person refusing to vote.If the proposed representatives are not qualified, whether that determination be politically qualified or morally, religiously and so on, then one should not be forced to cast a vote in order to appease those who will bully others by declaring them unpatriotic or some nasty term.

Since the government in most Western countries is elected democratically then the people have the right to declare candidates ineligible for public office if the individual deems them unfit to serve as their representatives.That declaration can come via actual voting or the refusal to spoil one’s ballot by not voting.There is no law that says a person must cast a ballot even if they think that none of those up for election are worthy to hold high office.To be forced to vote is not being patriotic but a victim of totalitarian or dictatorial type of thinking,

Now if you are looking for specific biblical passages to back up this comment we cannot point to any that are this specific BUT we can point to those passage sin Proverbs which tell us to be wise. It is not wise to cast a vote to appear to be patriotic when in reality you do not accept any of the candidates. That is being dishonest and violates God’s instructions about his followers are to be honest.

Then we can point to the passage in 1 Corinthians 7 which tells people not to be unequally yoked and while that passage is speaking on marriage joining a secular political party is in essence ‘marrying’ that group of people. We should not be unequally yoked with secular people and political parties.We also can point out how Paul tells us that there can be ‘no fellowship between light and darkness’ or the ‘righteous and unrighteous’ thus believers need to be wary of their memberships and how it will reflect their Christian reputation.

Our decisions though should not be done according to the ways of that tow truck driver

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/no-you-sub-christian-wretch-god-didnt-tell-you-to-do-that/

When Ken Shupe of Shupee Max Towing in South Carolina came upon the customer who had arranged to have him tow her stranded car, he suddenly felt the presence of God. And lo, God told him to leave the scene without helping the woman, because, Shupe says, her car sported a Bernie Sanders sticker. “Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and He just said get in the truck and leave,” said Ken Shupe of Shupee Max Towing in Traveler’s Rest, S.C.. “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”

who used God as an excuse to justify his bad decision-making and behavior. We need to make sure God is leading us to the right decision and for the right reasons. Leaving someone stranded just because others of the same political ideology is wrong because he is punishing an innocent person for the crimes other people committed. God does not teach us to do that nor does he teach us to not help people just because they belong to a different political party than ourselves.

This is one reason we usually stay put of political discussions and rarely write about politics. This issue leads far too many believers to unchristian acts and that is not right. Correctly obeying God comes before political allegiance. Sadly far too many believers do not understand this fact. Doesn’t matter who they are, from the Pastor on down to the lowliest church member, you will find this attitude in all levels of the church and that is not what Christ taught his followers to do.

Upon becoming Christians we enter the Kingdom of God and our allegiance belongs to God and his kingdom not an earthly secular political party or their ideology. We promote Christ and his ways first and foremost, influencing the secular political world with the light of Christ. The secular political world is not the light unto the Christian world.

So throughout this election season, and it is a long one, do not let political views cause dissension in the church, do not let it be used by evil to ruin a church and do not let other believers’ hyper political opinions bully you into doing something you should not be doing. Those believers have a lot to learn about their membership in God’s kingdom so do not let them lead you astray and violate God’s instructions.

Your first duty is to God and his kingdom and if earthly political candidates do not meet your qualifications then it is okay to not vote for your action is a vote declaring that better people need to run for public office.

Here is another verse that will help you determine if the candidate is worth voting for or not:

Ex 18:21 But select capable men from all the people men who fear  God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain  and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Here is the whole context so you do not have to go look it up yourself:

Ex 18:13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening.
Ex 18:14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?
Ex 18:15 Moses answered him, because the people come to me to seek God’s will.
Ex 18:16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and laws.
Ex 18:17 Moses?father-in-law replied, What you are doing is not good.
Ex 18:18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
Ex 18:19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.
Ex 18:20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.
Ex 18:21 But select capable men from all the people men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Ex 18:22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.
Ex 18:23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.
Ex 18:24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
Ex 18:25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Ex 18:26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.

Believers should be looking at the personal characteristics of a candidate not just their party affiliation when making their decision to cast their vote. Believers need to set the example, lead the way to the right way to go not be followers of the deceived and blind.

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One response to “One Political Comment

  1. jbcowgill

    May 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Reblogged this on John Cowgill's Literature Site.

     
 
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