Why I Don’t Vote

Why I Don’t Vote

chosenWhy do I choose not to vote despite loyal, right-winged Christians waving around absentee ballots? The answer is simple really—I don’t belong here. Planet Earth is not my home and I have scripture to back that up.

With election season in full swing, not a soul living in the good ole U.S. of A. can hope to open their mailbox without annoying campaign advertisements spilling to the ground. It’s impossible to turn on a television set or car radio without being inundated by ostentatious bipartisan slogans. I have one word for all this noise: Hogwash. Ever since becoming a believer, something about the whole process has made me uncomfortable, like when a blister rubs against the heel of my sneaker. Up until a handful of scripture passages jumped out at me and with the help of an erudite Bible scholar or two, I felt subtly guilty for, what some would call, shirking my duty as an American. Granted, I temporarily reside in the land of the free and the home of the brave and for this I am grateful. So where is my spirit of democracy?

“Hip-hip-hooray!”

“Glory to the red, white and blue!”

“She’s a yankee doodle sweetheart!”

Nice platitudes, but all bunk when bounced off the reality of my position in the body of Christ. Now here’s a little something to believers straight from the mouth of our own apostle, Saul of Tarsus turned Paul, as well as from our Lord and Savior Himself, Jesus Christ:

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:16

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19

“…no longer are you guests and sojourners, but are fellow-citizens of the saints and belong to God’s family.” Eph. 2:19

“For our realm is inherent in the heavens, out of which we are awaiting a Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ.” Phil. 3:20 (17-21)

“If, then, you were roused together with Christ, be seeking that which is above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Be disposed to that which is above, not to that on the earth, for you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.” Col. 3:1-3

What all this boils down to is, I am in the world and not of it.

FREEDOM AT LAST!

 

~ Sheryl Crow

 

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7 Replies to “Why I Don’t Vote”

  1. Sheryl I share my thoughts in regards to why I vote, not as an argument against yours but as another perspective.

    I vote because men and women before me, both Christian and non-Christian have paid a large price for my freedom to do so.

    I vote because as a follower of Christ I believe my influence on earth is in some small degree loosing on earth what is loosed in Heaven (this is a truth that I hold for all areas that I influence not isolated only to voting).

    I vote because there are many who vote for things I cannot support and it is my freedom to stand against them and their beliefs in abortion, eugenics, and liberal idealism.

    Even Paul used his Roman citizenship on earth to frustrate and deter those that had sworn to come against him, and God used that to further Christianity.

    I do have to agree that the mailers and commercialization of the voting process is sure tiresome! Be blessed.

    mark

  2. Sheryl,

    I am on the same page with you, I believe that as members of the body of Christ, we are ambassadors of peace. Paul declares this. An ambassador does not participate in the politics of the host nation. To do so would be to give up the position of ambassador. If an ambassador of Russia wanted to vote in US elections, he or she would need to give up the position of ambassador to Russia and claim citizenship in the US. Ambassadors are always recalled prior to a declaration of war. If Russia were to declare war on the US, it would first recall it’s ambassadors. God is currently at peace “conciliated” with the world, but this will change. If my choices are between an ambassador of grace and a “citizen of heaven” or “citizen of the United States”, then I choose the former. You cannot serve two masters. God or mammon, in the world, of of it?

  3. Darron interesting take, I do not equate voting too serving a master nor do I consider voting a choice between being a citizen of Heaven or a citizen of the USA. It appears that you are trying to equate ambassadorship from God to be the same as ambassadorship in the world of politics. I do not think that an ambassador for the Father has the same role or purpose as an ambassador for a nation/state and I question that you believe that they equate the same either. So I do not think that your example applies to the choice of voting and I dont see voting being rejected Biblically.

    I do come from a little different perspective than you so I offer it here, I see our ambassadorship more of an insurgency, we carry the Kingdom with us and as we follow our Fathers leadings and show love to those in need and downtrodden, we are helping the cause of our Lord to take possesion of the domain that He was crucified to reconcile to Himself.

    I am not trying to be argumentative, and I am open to different points of view so if you disagree I would be interested to hear your point.

    thx mark

  4. Mark,

    We certainly do have different perspectives. Where do you get this vision of ambassadorship being an insurgency? What scripture can you find to make this leap? “Carrying the kingdom with us as we follow or fathers” is not scriptural to me. I too am not trying to argue, just sharing how I see things. I am cool with you voting. I see things different and feel that I am an ambassador in the world sent to share the gospel of grace to those who God gives an interest for.

    Christians use voting to force their beliefs on others. They feel it is their job to stop abortion, stop gay marriage, stop the legalization of pot, and many other things. The fact is, there is no place in scripture that says that believers are to force their beliefs on non-believers. In fact,we are told to have our faith to ourselves, and to (in my words) mind our own business. If I go to the polls I am violating these ideals. I believe that a much more effective means of getting non-believers to see things correctly is to be a light in this world.

  5. Okay so I can better understand, what is your more effective means of getting non believers to see things correctly?

    What do you do to be the light of the world?

    thx mark

  6. Mark, we cannot get non-believers to see things correctly, only God can open a non-believers eyes. God gives faith, we cannot impart faith to anyone. Even our own faith was not out of us, it was a gift from God.

    As far as being the light of the world, all we can do is live our lives as we believe God would have us live. Some will find this attractive, some will not. Those who do, I share truth with, those who aren’t, I don’t.

  7. I agree with faith being a gift from God, the thing I am having a hard time resolving with your perspective is that it is not the way that Paul did it. Paul was very active about spreading the Gospel and Paul presents the Gospel that you accept.
    Paul presented the Gospel from place to place where his gospel was recieved and rejected, even healing a man who died at one of his presentations, so why would you not act to spread the gospel as Paul did?

    thx mark

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