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.