Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Why Should I Vote?

This question has come up. Quite honestly, I think it is a good question, since I had really taken it for granted. So, I grab my cup o' Joe, and begin talking to Jesus about it. I put forth the following as my argument for our responsibility to vote:

Psalm 24.1; Psalm 2.1; Matthew 28.18-20
The earth is the Lord's. All men should submit to His ways of taking care of His earth. Yes, even the pagan man will be held responsible for either submitting to the Lord's ways, or rebelling against them. Dominion and the gospel means that every sphere of life should be placed under the authority of Jesus Christ. If I am the head of the County Transportation Committee, that is my goal. If I am the Fire Chief, that is my goal. Along the way, I share the gospel and call men to repent of their unwillingness to govern the earth according to God's Word. Proposition: All men should govern the earth for God's glory

Romans 13
God established the civil authorities to punish evil doers. The rod is for the house, the keys (church discipline) are for the church, and the sword is for the civil government. Proposition: Civil government is God-ordained to restrain evil.

1 Timothy 2.1-3
God has given us the responsibility to pray for our leaders, that we would enjoy certain liberties. When righteous men are put into office, people rejoice (Proverb 29.2). Prayer assumes a willingness to respond to God's will (John 15.7-8). Since we enjoy the liberty of voting for righteous men, it would seem to me to be a contradiction to pray for righteous leaders, and yet not vote for them when we get the chance. Proposition: Christians are responsible to pray for and vote for righteous candidates.

Argument:

Since God created the earth, and commissioned man to exercise dominion for His glory, we are responsible to press the authority (share the gospel) of Christ into every area of life.

Since Civil Government is established by God, it is a legitimate sphere. As Christians, we are to be salt and light in that sphere, calling men to submit to Christ's authority in that realm. This alone entails a willingness to serve in that realm, if the Lord leads (ex: Jonah 3.6; Acts 8.27, etc.).

Since a Christian's desire is to see Jesus exalted in every area of life, he should pray for the righteous to lead the nation, and serve for the glory of King Jesus, if the Lord should so lead.

Since we should pray for, and serve in that capacity, we should also vote for righteous leaders.


*** Side note. It is difficult for me to conceive of teaching my children American history without teaching them the legitimacy of the revolution. I believe our nation's founders had a biblical worldview that entailed the responsibility to establish a republic like ours. I am still learning about the reasons for the revolution. This only points out how far behind THEM we really are. For them to see biblical principle sufficient to go to war... and yet I can not see biblical principle for men to vote... hmm...

2 comments:

Gabriel Hudelson said...

That was good. I especially liked the last point. I had never thought about that before.

Rob Hudelson said...

These Scriptures were added by Evangelical Cattle Drive
http://everythoughtcaptivearizona.blogspot.com/

Ex18:20"And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 21"Moreover you shall select ( vote?)from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Deut1:10‘The Lord your God has multiplied you, and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude. 11‘May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you! 12‘How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? 13‘Choose (vote) wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.’

Gods word says only his people who submit to Gods ways are qualified to serve as his choice of minister (rom13:4For he is God’s minister ...)

Just wondering? Do we think that pagans will choose "men who fear God"?

The civil magistrate is called to administer justice. And the only justice there is, is Gods justice. Everything else is wanna-be justice. Who else but men who fear God can or will do this?

Did you know that early in our nations history you couldn't testify in a court if you weren't a Christian. How can someone believe you to tell the truth?

Are we to take dominion? and of what? On what scriptural basis would we say God doesn't want his people to be his representative's in this area of life. In the hebrew what does "take Dominion" exclude?