I am correcting this article because I misunderstood my friends email. I thought she was quoting Benjamin Quayle. It was actually her comments that inspired this article. I will consider writing another article on what Mr. Quayle had to say.
“I believe that we, as voting-age Christians, have the responsibility as citizens of this great country to be involved in the political arena, to examine factual public records and statements of elected and campaigning individuals, and vote with “righteous judgment”. Our nation cannot be redeemed from it’s fall from God’s protection, unless Christians all over America get involved politically and use our Bible-believing precepts to vote righteous outcomes. 2 Chronicles 7:14. We must as a nation seek God’s forgiveness for our collective wickedness (this includes willful or ignorant Christians seeking to please men rather than God.) Only by sincerely seeking God’s face, humbling our collective Christian pride before Him, will God hear our prayers to intervene into an imminent disaster facing our nation. Christian, get on your knees and pray with urgency! And do your homework and research! Only 3-1/2 months before Nov. 6, 2012! (James 5:16b: “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”) “
Here is my opinion on this issue.
Christian involvement in the affairs of this nation is not optional. We are commanded by Jesus to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) This means we are to give that which belongs to government to government. This includes such things as taxes, submission to governmental authority, and fulfilling our duties as citizens.
Concerning taxes: the context of the verse quoted above is should we pay tribute (taxes) to government. The answer is yes we should. If our taxes are excessive, which I think they are, it is because we have elected officials who think the solution to every problem is more taxes so they can “do more for us.” They want us dependent upon them so we will reelect them.
Submission to governmental authority does not mean that we do things that are contrary to God’s precepts. It means when there is a law passed by the government that we cannot obey we submit to government’s authority to punish us. Look at the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3.
As citizens of the United States of America we have certain responsibilities. One of them is the responsibility to vote. We often call it the right to vote, and it is a right, but it is also a responsibility. Along with the responsibility to vote is the responsibility to know the issues and to know the position of the candidates.
Our constitution gives us two tools as citizens to protect us from the abuses of government. The first is the right to bear arms. If you read the writings of the founding fathers of our nation you see that this was the primary reason we were given this right. Using arms against our government is a last resort that should never be done without much thought and every other option being exhausted.
The second tool, which if used correctly will make it less likely that arms will be needed, is our responsibility to vote. All citizens have the responsibility to be educated voters. This is especially true if we are Christians. As Christians we are to study God’s Word to learn God’s precepts. Once we learn them we are to apply them in our lives. Matthew 28 gives us God’s Great Commission. It tells us that we are to teach those who are saved to “observe all things” Christ has commanded us. Observe doesn’t mean to sit back and look at them, it means we are to live by them.
As Christians we are to know God’s righteous principles and vote according to them. We should not look at what will this or that candidate will do for us. We should look to see if the candidate’s principles follow the principles of righteousness as spelled out in the Scriptures.
The reason we have such high taxes is because voters, Christians included, have violated biblical precepts. II Thessalonians 3:10 says, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” This verse does not say we should not help those in need, it says those who “will not” work should not eat. Our welfare system encourages people who are capable of working to stay on welfare because it is more to their advantage than getting a job.
I have seen people refuse to look for a job that would pay them $3,000 per month because they would loose their $700 per month welfare check and the government would stop paying their $650 per month rent. How silly it is to refuse $3,000 so you can keep $1,350! These people were professed Christians. Who do you think they would vote for between a candidate who promises them more government benefits and one who wants to reform the welfare system to make it less of a burden on the taxpayers?
This is just one example of the “what’s in it for me” attitude that drives most voters today. As Christians we should vote for righteousness, not for what benefits us. If we really want what is best for us we will remember Proverbs 14:34, which says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” If we really want what is best for us, not what we think is best for us, then we should seek what God says is right. God knows what is best for us and if we choose what He says is right it will be for our best in the long run.
The problems in this nation, and the world at large, all stem from seeking what we think is best for us in stead of what God knows is best for us. God’s love for us is proven in His giving His Son to die for us. Do you think with that kind of love God is not concerned with what is best for us in our daily lives? If God has this kind of love for us don’t you think He knows and desires what is best for us in government? Our vote is important, We should seek God’s will and vote accordingly if we want what is best for us and for our nation!!!
Thanks again Joan for your thoughts that inspired this article.
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