There is a full month before the American Elections…and I still don’t have a clue what I’m going to write down for my Presidential candidate. Yeah, that’s right, I’m going to do a write-in. But my vote isn’t really the topic today. It’s the Christian Vote that I want to discuss.
I can understand the value of believing that the Christian Voice in politics is important, it’s just not realistic. Democracy wasn’t a Christian concept, it was a Greek creation. In fact, it was so non-Christian, that for hundreds of years Christians valued a Monarchy system because God put it in place with Israel….AT ISRAEL’S INSISTENCE.
God didn’t want to give Israel a ruler, because God was their ruler.
1 Samuel 8:4-9
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
Throughout the history of the Nation of Israel, God only saw a handful of actual kings over them favorably by the time they died. And God set all of them up to rule. With each one, God’s intention wasn’t to give Israel an excuse to backslide…and yet many of them did exactly that. God didn’t give them a pass, proving that the person in charge wasn’t the primary shareholder of your accountability to God. It’s on each individual believer to decide whether or not they’ll follow God’s law.
That last part, it’s the crux of my argument that there is no Christian Vote, there is only Individual Accountability. And Daniel is my primary evidence.
Many vocal Christians refuse to acknowledge a Democratic candidate based solely on the topic of Abortion. Abortion shouldn’t be a part of the discussion, though. Temptation is all around you, the test is whether you reject the temptation and follow what God wants. We live in a world where we are amongst those which do not follow God- and so was Daniel.
Daniel was tested by man. Man told him he had to disobey the First Commandment. Despite the ramifications, Daniel pressed forward- and publicly too- obeying God over the King’s forced Decree. And for his human crime, King Darius was forced to put him in a Lion’s Den. For his adherence to divine law, God spared Daniel and proved to King Darius that Daniel was a righteous man.
Similarly, Jesus lived amongst the Gentiles, mostly ignoring them to communicate with the Jews- it was only after his resurrection that the Gentiles were given a door into his ministry. Early Christians were forced to live in anti-Christian communities, yet they persevered- because the head of state doesn’t matter.
It’s nice to have a truly Christian leader in charge of the nation, but it’s not always realistic. What is important, however, is that you vote based on the whole of whether or not you feel a person is going to be able to lead us in a direction that allows you the most freedom to hold yourself accountable to Christian ethics.
In my opinion, that means rejecting anything which would eliminate our Constitutional Republic. Most candidates do not threaten this, and therefore the Presidential discussion should come down to the big hitters: Foreign Policy & Economy. Social Reformation must happen at the community level, you cannot expect a President to do it for you.
In closing, let me impart to you the importance of not shaming your fellow Christian into voting for the “Christian Vote”. There is no “Christian Vote”. The idea of a “Christian Vote” is simply an excuse to shrug off Personal Accountability. No one has the right to say “The Devil/President/Pastor made me do it”, it just doesn’t hold up in the Divine Court of Law.