Reflect: Should Christians Vote?



Devout

This election year, I have read many controversies about voting and the Bible or voting as a Christian. There are some instances of voting in the Bible; I am fascinated by how Matthias was chosen. They prayed and cast lots to see which of the two men would be selected. I am intrigued because casting lots can also be viewed as some form of gambling or a way of chance; if I throw a dice, I can I do it right, or I can try to cheat on my throw, but during Biblical time, casting lots was important just like voting. It was a different dice than we use today. A disciple to replace Judas was an important decision; the twelve needed to remain the same amount to do Christ’s work, plus who would want to say 11 disciples after Jesus ascended? That would sound so weird. I am sure it would be a constant reminder of the betrayal, so having twelve disciples makes it much more manageable.


So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

Acts 1:23-26


Many Christians and churches in America are against voting. They come up with their scripture, topic, etc. from the Bible to prove their point. However, though Christians are no longer the earth's citizens, we should do our civil duties while living. We would not stop getting groceries because we are not citizens on earth, correct? The same with voting. When we chose not to vote, we still have to be under the leadership chosen from that lot. Therefore, we take part in the process, bringing some light into the matter. When we do everything for God’s glory, everything gets his recognition. Just as Jesus’s disciples chose two men to pray and cast lots for, the election has two men to pray and cast lots or to vote for. If we leave voting up to unbelievers, we allow unbelievers to throw the dice for leaders who will make the laws and decisions that include everyone. Being a Christian makes you a child of God, it does not put you above the law, and as long as you in any country, you are under their rule. So wouldn’t it be great if you bring prayer in the process? Christians may be the only ones who pray before voting. This alone brings blessing into the process. So should Christians vote? Pray and ask God about it, but go to God with an open mind because if God didn’t want us to vote, we would know because voting is not as an individual decision a collective body of Christ.


Journaling

God may use you to impact the decision of voting, and God cannot use you if you don’t vote. The best way to vote is to pray and make sure it aligns your candidate with your Christian principles. Make a list of things the candidate does that you know would displease God; if that list is longer than you can imagine, then confer the Lord is this is right to put your vote on that person. Don’t just stick to one issue. Chose issues that you know are related to humanity. Christ said to love your neighbor as yourself, so don’t just think of how the candidate would benefit your neighbor. Make your list pray on it. Pray about your decision to get confirmation from God, then Vote, so you can be a part of the changes where humans are getting better treatment overall.



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