Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How Should We Then Vote? - Part I

     It is just over a month until we will be voting.  So we need to think through what God's principles are for voting, before we are in the voting booth.  Who has voted and who has not voted and how they have voted has had a significant part, has a significant part in how we have come to where we are in this nation. 
     We find God first instituting human government in Genesis 9:6, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made he man."  Notice that God did not start a monarchy, nor anarchy where any man could just go and kill a murderer.  By saying, "man," the Bible is referring to mankind as a whole.  In any particular nation man has the responsibility to have a government to bear the sword and execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Therefore, in any nation where a man can vote, he has the responsibility before God to vote. 
     Though our government does many things, like build roads, fund schools, etc., the purpose that God created government for was to defend life and execute murderers.  If we were voting for a pastor and he said that he was going to have all sorts of programs for the church, but that he wasn't going to shepherd the flock, we would not think of voting for him.  And, likewise, I do not believe that we should consider voting for a man to fill any government office if he is pro-abortion or anti capital punishment, because he is saying that he will NOT do his job!
     Now what do you do, if there are two candidates running for an office and neither of them will do his job?  Do you choose the lesser of two evils?  We need to do our job and vote for men who will do their job, so if there is none, we must find one or not vote for that office.  We do not need to be pragmatic for God is the one that removes kings and sets up kings.

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