Saturday, 06 November 2010
I have been on a journey in the last several years when it comes to voting. I voted in the 2004 elections. I was heavily researched a year before the 2008 elections and ready to let my vote count. After wrestling it out, I decided to obey my conscience and abstain from voting that year. I haven't voted since. I'm not against voting and I've been trying to figure out whether or not I'm comfortable voting again.
I've yet to be able to formulate how a Christian can best interact in the United States when it comes to voting. It's a complicated issue to be sure. I believe voting is a very significant act so I do not take it lightly (for the sake of Christ and of the U.S.). It's vital to be Christian before being American. I often see Christians committing idolatry with their political involvement and given the history of the Church/Israel it is best for us to be very intentional about how we approach our interactions with the customs of a specific nation. After all, we're aliens in a foreign land who belong to a kingdom that is not of this world.
It's hard to figure out how to react to the U.S. system as a Christian. How do I best glorify God here? How do I react to something that is so different from the authorities in scripture? How much can I involve myself with this nation without getting in too deep? As a Christian, is it best for me to give my vote in a society that asks for it in matters of national or regional matters? I don't know.
What do you think? As a Christian, do you vote? Why or why not? How does your discipleship affect or guide your political involvement? Do you vote for issues but not people or vise versa? How do the two differ in your mind? What resources would you recommend to people like me who are wrestling with this issue?