The following is taken from pages 158 and 159 in a book called 1001 Questions and Answers on the Christian Life, Pathway Publishers, 1992. The preface states that the book was written by Mennonite bishop and author Daniel Kauffman in 1907. Copied as posted on Free Grace Fellowship forum, 17 September 2008
Should Christians vote in a government election?
No. Paul taught the Romans, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers." By voting, we become a part of the powers instead of being subject to them.
Could not much good be accomplished if all Christians turned out faithfully to vote?
Christians have no business in politics. To suppose so is human reasoning. Getting involved in politics is stepping out of the role to which God has called us. It is the same as saying, "Let us do evil that good may come of it" (Rom. 3:8).
What are some of the conflicts between politics and Christianity?
Most candidates run for office by exalting themselves, contrary to Christ's example (Matt. 20:27). Graft, corruption, and greed are nearly inseparable from politics. Nonresistance is impossible.
What should be our emphasis instead?
We should focus our energy on improving the testimony and example of the church. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. We have enough to do to keep the church in order; let the world run the government.
But would it not show respect if we at least did as much as vote?
No, it would just show that we are confused about our calling. If we vote for a man and put him into office, will he think it is consistent when he needs help to defend the country, and we refuse?
Are we saying then that everyone who is in the government is condemned?
It is not in our place to judge; it is in our place to be faithful in our calling to build a better church.
Why can't we take part in both the affairs of the church and the government?
"No man can serve two masters" (Matt. 6:4); especially when their goals and rules of conduct are so opposite. We are dealing with two separate kingdoms. Jesus said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight." (John 18:36). No doubt Jesus would say to us, "If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants vote."