Q. Recently someone who attends our church said that it was wrong for a Christian to vote. Is this true?
I believe that a Christian can commit a SIN in the way he or she votes, but it’s interesting to notice that when the Bible was written there was no voting rights for the citizens of Rome.
Some have said that we must “come out and be separate” from the world, therefore we should not take part in the election of our officials. A passage often cited is 2 Corinthians chapter six:
2 Cor. 6:14-18
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.
18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
The above passage is a prohibition against relationships with idolators and has nothing to do with our right to vote. I believe that we should consider such passages as Romans chapter thirteen:
1* Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
7* Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
The apostle Paul tells us that governments are established by the authority of God. This is really an interesting concept when you consider the state of the governing authorities at the time of Paul’s writing. Corruption was the norm, but still, Paul instructs Christians to “do what is good.”
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
The Bible teaches in a number of places that Governments exist at the good pleasure of the Creator (c.f. the book of Daniel). If God gives his Children the chance to assist in the selection of the men who make up that government, who make the laws, who enforce the laws, then it seems to me that Christians should use such opportunities to “do what is good” and vote for men and women who uphold Biblical values. It seems to me that this is the “right thing to do.”
I believe that it is wrong to vote for those who would oppose Biblical values.