(A brief review for those following along at home)
There are certainly a lot of people out there telling Christians how they ought to vote…
Christians Are NOT Required to Vote as a Unified Entity
In Texas, a large conglomerate of church leaders in a conservative denomination came…
Christians Should NOT Vote as a Self-Interest Group
Too many Christians are only fighting for what they believe to be in the best interests…
Christians Should NOT Vote Based on Abortion Alone
I guess I should follow that statement quickly by saying that I don’t in any way approve…
(Now Part 3)
Christians Should NOT Vote as Though Government Were the Moral Police
Government is not a moral institution. One of the candidates running for the Republican nomination has a blatantly obvious checkered past. Yet, I tend to think that this sometimes clouds the issues that people should be voting for. When I did a recent survey of how people vote, I found that most of the conservative Christians made a point to talk about character. While I believe that character is important (the greatest faults in character of the politician I’ve mentioned in this paragraph are the lies) it should not circumvent the importance of understanding the policies, economics, and issues of each platform.
I may be overstepping some bounds here but I think there is a difference between what is naturally ethical and what is spiritually moral. I’ve heard arguments that suggest that these are one in the same, but I haven’t been convinced. Regardless, the government has not been able to be consistent on the moral issues. Neither has the church for that matter. I don’t want government policing the morality of society because, number one, they would do an awful job. Welfare is a perfect example of this. Government takes money by force from some and gives it to the poor. I have a problem with this for several reasons: government cannot manufacture benevolence, government is the least efficient charitable organization (worse than Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker), government creates an environment where they are needed not wanted, and government does not follow a biblical model of instilling that people should work when they are able. Finally, I am convinced that private organizations, when not restricted by the federal government, are more effective at creating a basis for morality without policing it. There is no need for moral police.
Christians Should NOT Vote Based on an Uninformed Conscience
This is probably the worst excuse for exercising civil duty I have ever heard. Yes, Christians should not vote contrary to their conscience, but that does not justify voting solely by conscience. Your conscience is not an absolute. It can be wrongly informed by a multitude of facets of which the strongest is prejudice. Even Paul teaches in Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8-10 the importance of developing a mature conscience that is in alignment with the Word of God. Voting one’s conscience is not an excuse to not do ones civil duty to be rightly informed.
Christians are grievously functioning far outside of any definitive authority in many of their efforts and pursuits, but none is more obvious than their actions and approches to civil duty. Either they are completely withdrawn from their role as the governing authority or they are unbalanced in how they exercise their role as an ignorant dictator. Christians ought to inform themselves of the issues at stake. They need to understand economics and ethics. For too long we have allowed our Christian community to function without stressing discernment. We are called sheep in the gospels, but that does not justify our ignorance when we have been led by wolves. We need serious leaders who are willing to step up and look past their prejudices to understand the complexities of the American politic. We have fattened ourselves off of the knowledge of God without applying these principles to a healthy frame of reference to worldview.
Ultimately, we will pay the price for our actions. God has established governments to judge nations and people. I don’t believe we will collectively learn our lesson until things get much, much worse.