There are Christian Denominations that believe voting and running for political office goes against God’s Will and His Word. While myself and others believe the opposite. Participating in elections and running for office is within His commandments and some are called to the duty of public office.
Throughout Holy Scripture are commandments and laws for the Children of God to follow. Jesus gives us His two greatest commandments in the gospels of Matthew 22:36-38, Mark 12:29-31, and Luke 10:27. In these verses the Lord commands us to first Love God and secondly to Love our neighbors as ourselves.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
That second commandment shows us that it is a mistake to completely isolate ourselves from politics. For if we do not vote or run for office we carelessly leave our neighbors and future generations in the hands of the immoral and wicked. If you love your neighbor as God commands, you must protect his inalienable rights and freedoms.
Everywhere in the Bible, the Old Testament and the New, God tasks us believers to care for the poor, the oppressed, the defenseless, the widows, and the orphans. With these issues alone the very need for Christians to be involved in politics is obvious.
It is also evident that we as Christians are the most ideally suited people for this duty. Scripture points out in Proverbs 29:7 that the righteous care about the poor and justice while the wicked are selfish and do not. And in Proverbs 28:5 we know that those who seek the Lord understand what is right while evildoers do not seek what is right.
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
It is true that Jesus was not involved with politics in His time. But it wasn’t possible as Rome had ceased to be a republic at least a generation before His birth in this world. And Rome certainly wasn’t a democracy of any king. Our form of political involvement that we have today simply didn’t exist then.
In the United States we Christians are privileged to live in a Constitutional Republic. We do have political influence to make a difference for ourselves, our neighbors, and to show our Love of God.
The inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible, has many stories of His Children being called into political service and influence so they could love their neighbor and Glorify God. These include Joseph, Daniel, and Esther in the Old Testament. Within the New Testament the political influence of Paul’s Roman Citizenship plays a major role in spreading the gospel across the Roman world.
There is an important part here that cannot be overlooked. Because we live in a Constitutional Republic we share political authority with nonbelievers. Many of these have no moral boundaries and want to silence the Word of God or make it in their image. Without Christians being actively involved with voting or running for office we show we do not truly love our neighbors as ourselves. For we leave their fate and the fate of future generations to the wicked and immoral.