A friend asks, “Would Jesus vote if He were here on earth today?”
The friend asked that question after reading about how the Apostle Paul would vote. Jesus told His hearers: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”
That would include the polls. Now, taxes were required — voting is not. Would Christ have said, “No one in government agrees with me, so I won’t vote? ” In Israel in Jesus’ day here on earth, the people did not vote on government leaders or other things. There were no choices.
We know the Lord would encourage us to vote. In fact he would tell us it is a sin for a Christian not to vote. Jesus taught his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. If the salt has lost its flavor …it is good for nothing …” (Matthew 5:13-14).
“You are the light of the world … let your light shine…” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Voting our convictions is one way Christians can be the salt and the light that the Lord wants them to be. When the time for taxes came due, our Lord Jesus made sure that He and his followers paid theirs, as was due. In voting the Lord (God in human flesh) would not have voted for anyone who advocated “same-sex marriage.”
The Lord would never vote for any one who advocated “abortion.” He was the author of the Bible teaching that man is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). He gave the Old Testament command: “You shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
We set up court systems and spend billions of dollars to see justice. We do it because we are created in the image of God. Followers of Christ should be that in every area of life.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, 12721 – 75th Street North, Stillwater MN 55082 – 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net