Thursday, August 18, 2011

What are we to do about politics?

I often wonder about this. I hear all the time it is our Christian duty to go vote. I have always believed this for myself but now I am beginning wonder this. What is my duty? Here's an example of what I mean. I DON'T like to pay taxes but the government requires us to. As much as I don't like it...I have to pay them. Jesus says in Mark 12:28, "And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him. Also Romans 13:7 says, "Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Another example. Romans 13:2 says, "Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves."
Now don't get me wrong. We are not to be disobedient to God just to be obedient to goverment. We do however have a responsibility to follow laws that the government sets regardless of stupid I think they are.

Now about the voting part. Our vote does count toward a particular person running for office. I remember the last election my vote went for the lesser of 2 evils. I thought about that. Is being wrapped up in that really Biblical. I don't believe it is. Our culture tells us to vote, vote, vote, but what if there is no one worth voting for. Do I vote for the ones with the less evil beliefs? No, that is absurd.

Now on to my main point. The election is coming up in 2012 and everyone knows that this country needs to turn from it's wicked ways. Does that include us as children of God getting involved by trying to turn our country into Christians by our votes? Maybe 200 years ago that were true, but going to vote, along with other bad choices is what got us into this predicament of big government.

Are we commanded to go and try to change socitey by putting in folks with the best morals, or are we commanded to preach the gospel in and out of season and to every person?

Something to ponder on.
David Stapp

1 comment:

Jeff and Karen Eller said...

John Adams
We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands: we have a check upon two branches of the legislature, as each branch has upon the other two; the power I mean of electing at stated periods, one branch, which branch has the power of electing another. It becomes necessary to every subject then, to be in some degree a statesman: and to examine and judge for himself of the tendencies of political principles and measures.

[John Adams, The Papers of John Adams, Robert J. Taylor, ed. (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1977), Vol. 1, p. 81, from "'U' to the Boston Gazette" written on August 29, 1763.]

Samuel Adams
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

Matthias Burnett
Consider well the important trust . . . which God . . . [has] put into your hands. . . . To God and posterity you are accountable for [your rights and your rulers]. . . . Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you. . . . [L]ook well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust. . . . Think not that your interests will be safe in the hands of the weak and ignorant; or faithfully managed by the impious, the dissolute and the immoral. Think not that men who acknowledge not the providence of God nor regard His laws will be uncorrupt in office, firm in defense of the righteous cause against the oppressor, or resolutly oppose the torrent of iniquity. . . . Watch over your liberties and privileges - civil and religious - with a careful eye.

[Matthias Burnett, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803), pp. 27-28.]

Frederick Douglass
I have one great political idea. . . . That idea is an old one. It is widely and generally assented to; nevertheless, it is very generally trampled upon and disregarded. The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, "Righteousness exalteth a nation; sin is a reproach to any people" [Proverbs 14:34]. This constitutes my politics - the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics. . . . I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people.

[Frederick Douglass, The Frederick Douglass Papers, John Blassingame, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982), Vol. 2, p. 397, from a speech delivered at Ithaca, New York, October 14th, 1852.]

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