Christian Voter Guide: Why Christians Should Vote!

When I hear Christians saying we ought not get involved in politics but just “preach the Gospel,” I show them this satellite picture of the Korean peninsula. South Korea is full of freedom, food and productivity—it’s one of the most Christianized countries in the world. North Korea is a concentration camp.   They have no freedom, no food, and very little Christianity.

What’s the primary reason for the stark difference between these two countries? Politics. The South politically allows freedom, while the North does not.

Ironically, Christians who shun politics to supposedly advance the Gospel are actually allowing others to stop the Gospel. How so? Because politics and law affects one’s ability to preach the Gospel!If you think otherwise, visit some of the countries I have visited—Iran, Saudi Arabia and China. You cannot legally “preach the Gospel” in those countries—or practice other aspects of your religion freely—because politically they’ve ruled it out as they have in North Korea (it seems the mayor of Houston was about to start down that road recently).

Watch the first two minutes of this video for more:

With that in mind, I strongly encourage you get out to vote THIS Tuesday, November 4th, and support the candidates who best represent natural law values consistent with the Bible. “For to whom much is given, much shall be required” (Luke 12:48). Voting is more than our opportunity to make a difference. It is a responsibility in being good stewards and protecting our freedom to spread the Gospel.  In fact, I think every citizen should get informed and vote.

Go to http://www.christianvoterguide.com/ for a guide to see where the candidates stand on the most important issues.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matt. 5:14-15)

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  1. Ray Leverich says:

    politics and religion have been intermingled ALMOST since the beginning of time. Think NOT; read the first 5 books of the bible and tell me I’m wrong. Our very moral character is entombed in God’s law. “Thou shall NOT,” was the corner stone. Good citizenship demands an interest in your political world. Take heed, its here, there, everywhere.

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  2. John Moore says:

    I agree that Christians should vote just like everyone else, but one point might lead Christians to keep their politics and religion separate, and that is the different goals. Religion is for your soul, but politics is down-to-earth and practical. Politics is about how to lower the unemployment rate, or maintain law and order, or defend ourselves against aggressive foreign powers like North Korea. By contrast, Christ’s kingdom is not of this world.

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  3. Stephen B says:

    I don’t think that many serious commentators argue that Christians shouldn’t vote. Saying ‘religion shouldn’t be mixed with politics’ isn’t an argument for not voting.

    And one can point to secular countries with plenty of freedom, and theocracies where voting is outlawed.

    But of course Christians should vote. Everyone should vote.

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  4. toby says:

    Everyone should vote, but they also need to set dogma aside when that dogma would make them vote for a candidate simply because they thump their bible louder than the other and are advocating policies that aren’t in the voters best interest. To paraphrase John from the comment above, a voter should be pragmatic.

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  5. Luke says:

    Yay for voting. I also think everyone should vote. I think we should have a constitutional amendment protecting the right to vote. It’s really about time for that. It may not be what the founding fathers really wanted, but it’s where we’ve gone. I mean, the whole purpose of cable news seems to be to stimulate by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or mislead by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, and call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. We might as well accept that and make the best of it.

    (Sorry, I can be fatalistic. I do think we need a major overhaul in governance before we’re forced to watch a slow decline of the United States, due to the inability to govern.)

    Anyway, random thoughts I am sharing for absolutely no reason: When I was a kid, a clergyman was murdered by agents of my governments security services. That event has always affected me strongly. When I was a kid it struck me as so obviously sad and wrong. And it was. Freedom to be is crucial. Whether it’s freedom to be the Democratic Man, or a man of the cloth, or anything else one wishes.

    Also, I’ve always wanted to run the Pyongyang marathon (okay, maybe not always, but the last dozen years or so). I genuinely hope to do it some day soon.

    Thanks,

    Luke

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  6. Ben Gengler says:

    In a country where we have a political stewardship, then we should use our stewardship to advance the gospel. But we also have to recognize the purpose of that stewardship and the breadth of that stewardship. I am one voice in 300 million. I am one vote 146 million. If my political stewardship overshadows my ambassadorship for Christ, I’m doing it wrong.

    I also do not think that anything is separate politics (or anything else) from our service to Christ. From Abraham rescuing lot from pagan kings, to Joseph becoming second to Pharaoh, to the Torah of Israel, to Proverbs concerning wise rule, to Daniel and Nehemiah being officials in pagan courts, to Jesus’s teaching to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s (and to God what is God’s) or to walk an extra mile with an enemy soldier, to Paul’s use of his citizenship to advance his gospel ministry… God’s way has tremendous political implications.

    My biggest concern is close alignment/allegiance to one political party or the other among Christians. Party-think tends to skew our religious views when we hold our party allegiance to tight, and I think that’s when politics becomes dangerous. People also seem to end up with party-skewed political views instead of transcendent understanding that can speak wisdom from above into both parties.

    If we are seeking God first, and speaking God’s wisdom, then naturally, we want to support the politicians and policy that align most with God’s prophetic voice with our vote and even our voice. We may even find a LOOSE party affiliation, but let’s make sure be in the party, not of the party.

    Blessings,
    Ben

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