Or is it a battle between two evils? Because, as Christians, our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). The pastor doesn’t tell you to pray for your leaders – Scripture does.
As believers, we commit sin when we violate God’s commands. And we all sin. Again, it’s Scripture that gives us that truth.
Voting or no voting is not a sin. As Americans, voting, is our civic duty. It was Jesus who said we should give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.
When the Pharisees tried to trap Him…
“Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription (Mark 12:13-17)?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
Voting Republican or Democrat is not a sin. It is our choice to vote for the candidate that will best represent our voice. And our needs will change as we age. Either way, we get to choose the better of 2 evils, because Scripture tell us that there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God (Romans 3:1). I can never know, what is in the heart of any man.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
I would rather believe God than man – in that no man seeks after God – no matter how righteous the man claims to be – be he a man of the cloth, or a politician. I can only trust in God that He will appoint a leader that will fulfill His purpose.
Therefore, it is not a sin to vote for or against any particular candidate – be he Democrat or Republican, or conservative, or liberal, or independent, or any other political identification. A proud conservative (one that identifies as Christian) is nothing more than an oxymoron. One cannot be proud and a Christian. Pride is one thing that God hates. Democrats are no more baby killers than Republicans are adulterers. Hate is hate – no matter what color their political agenda. Anyone that hates a brother, or sister is the same as a murderer (1 John 3:15)
So why does the faith community embrace one political party over another? Because of the traditions of men. Because that’s what the Pharisees did.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
“Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more (John 8:1-11).”
Christian leaders want me to believe that they are on the side of good, because they believe one party represents good and the other evil – when – in all truth – no party represents what is good for God’s children – only God knows what is good for His children. As Christians we are to live in peace, pursue peace as much as possible with everyone (Hebrews 12:14).
What is going on here? Is there anyone left who seeks after God? Where are God’s righteous people? Everyone, is seeking his/her own desires – yes – even Christian leaders want his or her own way. We are to pray for our leaders – regardless of political affiliation. We are to pursue peace. Right now our country is in a world of hurt. If you have not been affected by the events of 2020. Praise God. If you feel that you have not been directly or indirectly affected – why not?
This year, there is only one thing that has greatly disturbed me. Nothing has disturbed me more than watching evangelicals taking sides in a political war. The pulpit was never meant to be a political tool. The church was never meant to be a political machine. The mission of the people of God is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To share the good news. To go out and make disciples.
I am not waiting for peace of earth. Mine is to pursue peace with everyone – as much as possible. I stand on the promises of God. Because only the goodness of God will transform the heart of any man.
As believers, the worries of this world are not ours. For this is not our home.