Today marks the Texas election primary, in which we may have the sad distinction of providing Mitt Romney enough votes to push him over the top in delegates garnered for the Republican Convention.
A few days back I posted on the general subject of voting, and want to make a few comments here. There are many principles we should look at in determining how as Christians we should relate to our government. Our God to whom we are responsible has ordained the principle of
human government/governments (Rom 13:1-6) and is sovereign over the
events of the world (Ps 75:6-7; 103:19; Dan 2:21; Ezek 30:20-26; Rom
9:17). God who has ordained government, also establishes our obedience to
law/government (Rom 13:1-6). This includes paying tribute/taxes, praying
for and honoring those in authority (1 Tim 2:1-2; 1 Pet 2:17).
Christians ought to use what freedoms they have to do good, and so lead
others to glorify God (1 Pet 2:11-17). The Christians’ allegiance is to
God. The government’s power ends when it conflicts with God’s commands
to His people (Acts 4:18-20).
Within these principles one must determine whether to vote, and if so, for whom to vote. I
guess I came to that position by default, coming from a background where voting was considered both a duty and a privilege. Though I have increased in much skepticism, so far I have not decided
that it is unbiblical to vote for human government.
As far as the biblical basis of choosing to vote for a particular person, platform or issue, I would say it is mainly informed by three main points — that God is sovereign over the events of the world, that the purpose of government is to promote good and punish evil, and that
Christians ought to use what freedom they have to do good& to lead
others to glorify God.
Because I believe God is sovereign, I do not
worry that it is my responsibility to “raise up” or “put down” the next
“ruler”. God can do that with or without my vote. As a
Christian under the rule of God and commanded to do good, I should vote
for what or who I think will do good and punish evil.
Mine is to vote; God's is to raise up and put down. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that many of us are very "free will" and "anti-sovereignty" in our voting. We worry that if we do not vote that God will not be able to raise up the right ruler or rulers. Perhaps we never consider that our vote or lack therefore is already part of God's determined means of accomplishing His will?