Voting This Primary Season: Are All Christians Called to Vote?
Many Believers often ask, “Are all Christians called to vote?”
One of the greatest theologians of our day, Wayne Grudem, said in Why Christians Should Influence Government for Good, “Therefore all citizens who are old enough to vote have a responsibility before God to know what God expects of civil government and what kind of moral and legal standards he wants government to follow. But how can citizens learn what kind of government God is seeking? They can learn this only if churches teach about government and politics from the Bible.”
Founding father, Samuel Adams (1781), said, “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote… that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
And most importantly, Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” And 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.“
In this Constitutional Republic of the United States, we have been given the privilege of voting for our representatives “in high positions” so that we can live a peaceful and Godly life as we share the hope of the Gospel with those in our spheres of influence. We have a God-given duty to vote for people who are most in alignment with a Biblical worldview.
Here are some resources to help you do just that:
We recently had the privilege of hearing Judge Vance Day speak on Freedom and the Rule of Law. We were very impressed with Judge Day, who is a born-again Believer. He has a Biblical stance on a variety of issues.
Primary elections are unique in that one has to strategically evaluate which candidate has the best chance to win in the November general elections. There may be several candidates that appear to stand for issues that Christians care about, but it is very important that we rally around electable candidates, as well.
Based on Biblical stances and who is most electable in November, we would encourage Oregonians to vote for the following this primary: Judge Vance Day, Christine Drazan, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, and Toni Debone.
Most importantly, let us pray for this election, but may we also act and vote according to a Christian worldview.
John Hancock (1774): “I conjure you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act.“