Would Jesus vote in elections if he were here today?

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.

 

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  • Zabazoom

    Ever notice that no mater what you want to prove you can find some scripture to twist. No mater how much re-branding you want to do, a Zygote is not a Baby, a Fetus is not a child, and no one can prove when life begins. Keep your personal religious beliefs outa Government, Lenard. Jesus may or may not have voted, he may not have voted the way you are pushing.

  • Kim

    I believe Jesus was apolitical. Time and again he sidestepped the political storms of the day, whether it was entrapment by the Pharisees on paying taxes (give to Caesar, what is Caesar’s), or elevation by the Zealots into an earthly King, whom they would help seize power by force (those who take up the sword will die by the sword” -Matt 26:52). However, as believers of Jesus’, we are called to vote our conscience, to clearly see humans for what they are, and not for what we would like them to be, and to vote for a candidate who most closely embodies the teachings and actions of Jesus. This year, the Democrat platform tried to erase “God” and “Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel from its platform. Pres. Obama only forced them to put it back in, because of the backlash of controversy in the Press. It was put back in, in spite of the boos and disagreement of most of the members in the hall. It brought me to tears that so many who belong to this party are so far from the heart of God. They want the government to take care of the poor, eliminating the duty of God’s people to care for the poor and oppressed, so they can continue to mock and repudiate those of us who love the Lord. They spend all their time arguing the rights of those with different values, morals, and ethics than Christians, and spew all their hate and vitriol on those of us who stand up for the values of Jesus’ teachings. They want taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion and birth control, instead of ensuring we have an economy where women can earn enough money to pay for reproductive freedom with their own money. While I am distrustful of Mormonism, because of the number of man-made precepts that it requires its members to follow, is it any worse than some of the other denominations that are based on man-made doctrine or rules (Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Amish, Mennonites. etc., etc.)? Greek Orthodox clerics will tell you ALL other denominations are deviations from the original church the Disciples created, and they are the only ones who have kept the purity of Christ’s Church. When it comes to whether to vote for Pres. Obama or Gov. Romney, I believe that Gov. Romney’s Mormon upbringing led him to be more disciplined, kind, and patient, and to have a heart for service – following scripture, he doesn’t allow his good works to be publicized. Pres. Obama identifies himself as Christian, but he came to it late in life, when it harder to change your core values. You can argue against the former precepts of Mormonism (polygamy, exclusion of blacks), and its addition of writings that add to original scripture, but Pres. Obama was led into the Christian life by a pastor who preaches Black Liberation Theology, whose followers might be characterized as the Zealots of their day. Rev Wright views America as the Jews of Jesus’ day viewed Rome: oppressive, morally wrong, and in need of a violent and radical uprising to change things. Mormons believe Christians should be the ones who help the poor and needy, Black Liberationists believe the Government should help the black poor and needy first, and erase all the injustices of the past, even if it requires violence. Jesus calls us to love each other, and to have joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Look at the debates and the speeches of both candidates in these closing days, and ask yourself which candidate embodies most of these characteristics, and which candidate is now name-calling, and belittling his opponent. Choose a president with your Christian heart, and not your worldly mind. The future role of the Christian Church in American society depends on you making the right choice.

  • A Good Human Being

    First of all, I think it is an absolute SIN that you are putting words into the Lords mouth. How dare you pretend to know what He wants. A true Cristian accepts everyone for who they are and accepts LOVE in ALL FORMS, not just the kind that they choose. I am a straight woman, but I believe that the Lord will accept anyone who has a kind, open heart, regardless of who they love and whether they are gay or not. If a human being does not harm anyone else and is a good person, why shouldn’t they have the right to choose who to marry? YOU, on the other hand, are outright degrading other people and are judging other people. I don’t think God supports that, do you? The Lord would never put an asshole in heaven, would he? I though God and religion were supposed to be about love and making the world a better place, you however have tried to distort it for your own personal aims. Not only is that disgusting in many ways, it is also not what a good Christian would do.

    • sandy

      John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
      Jesus loves the sinner – he does not love the sin.
      John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
      God’s Word never changes. Therefore, acceptance of any sin is not possible – Forgivness of sin is through Jesus Christ.
      It does not matter if we are kind, open hearted, loving, unharming etc. Sin is sin and can only be forgiven through Jesus Christ.
      A Christian does not accept love in all forms – we should pray for discernment to be able to diferentiate what is acceptable according to God’s Word. Deception comes in all forms and we should not lean on our own understanding –
      Seek and ye shall find – read God’s Word – It is the only Truth.

  • BG

    This is more of that “Just vote” gobbledygoop. OK! Vote for whom? Vote for which principles?

    This is the problem with many of today’s 5013c churches and Christians who speak in politically-correct code. Vote? For whom, and according to what standard?

    Ask the average preacher if and how they are casting their vote and it is like pulling teeth trying to get an answer. But they will jump thru a million hoops to convince you to tithe, to give offerings, and to help with the pastor’s anniversary committee.

    If Christians are supposed to be the salt and the light…and we are…show me what salt and light looks like (in our choices) at the polls. Obama? Romney? According to what? If you are a Pastor, you are obligated by God to feed God’s sheep and lambs and lead them in the way of righteousness. How are you leading the people of God? My guess is towards Romney or 3rd party. But again, it’s just a guess since you write in code.

  • Ned Netterville

    You poor, foolish fellow. It is foolish to say that Jesus would vote–or pay taxes. He would do neither.

    His enemies knew Jesus stood in adamant opposition to the state (Rome, or any other human government), the means by which some humans usurp God’s prerogative as man’s only lawmaker. Read the account in 1 Samuel 8 of how Isreal rejected God to become a nation state with a human ruler (Saul) who imposed the first taxes on the Jews. Read Luke, Chapter 4, and you will learn how the devil tempted Jesus with this offer: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus didn’t contest the devil’s claim of controlling all of the world’s kingdoms, and if they weren’t the devil’s to give, his offer wouldn’t have been a temptation. Read the gospels and you will learn that Jesus suborned at least three (Levi, Matthew and Zaccheaus) of Ceasar’s tax collectors, and likely many others, at perhaps great cost to Rome in lost revenues, as in the case of Matthew and Levi (some authorities say they are one in the same person), they quit their loathesome job to follow Jesus without giving notice or even ensuring the day’s tax receipts. Of course Zaccheaus was a “chief tax collector” in Judea answerable to Pilate. We may safely presume the sudden loss of his services was a blow to the collection of taxes in Judea. Read Matthew 17, and you will hear Jesus tell Peter that as sons of their heavenly Father, they were exempt from taxes.

    Jesus not political??? Ho, ho, ho. He was a known opponent of taxation. When his enemies wanted to have him crucified by Pilate, they relied on Jesiswell-known opposition to taxes and his fearless honest to get him in trouble with Pilate. If you read Luke 20, you will see that his enemies, the scribes and chief priests, sent spies to asked Jesus whether or not to pay Caesar’s tax. The point of their plot and their question, according to Luke, was that, “They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.” Jesus saw through their deceitful trick, with an answer that befuddled the stupid spies, and to this day stil baffles people like the author of this piece and some of the other commenters.

    Jesus’ answer was ambiguous. “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but give God what belongs to God.” Obviously, in order to know what Jesus meant by this seemingly ambiguous answer, it is necessary to know what Jesus believed belonged to Caesar and what to God respectively. And we can rest assured that on this score Jesus based his belief on Sacred Jewish Scripture, which he repeatedly referred to as the basis for his authority to preach. And that Scripture says in at least five places, but most emphatically in Psalm 24 verse 1: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,” which obviously leaves nothing whatsoever for poor old Jesus. And to those who heard him who knew Scripture, although not the stupid spies, they knew he had told them to give the murdering, theiving, usurping thug nothing–no taxes.l Of course when the spies reported to the chief priests what Jesus had said, they were not so ignorant and knew exactly what he meant. So they sent their cops to arrest Jesus, dragged him before Pilate, and accused him: “We found this man perverting the nation, he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar…he has been stiring up the people from Galillee all the way here. (See Luke 23)

    So don’t say Jesus was a political or that he would have us pay taxes. There is absolutely no distinction between taxes and extortion, which is stealing. God’s command, “Thou shall not steal,” is unequivocal. It does not exempt tax collectors. Just like voting, paying taxes or any other form of support to the violent state is sinful. Don’t do it.

  • Ned Netterville

    Correcting a typo in that last post, it should read: “and that leaves absolutely nothing for poor old CAESAR.” (I mistyped and wrote Jesus instead of Caesar.)

  • Ericka

    I am going to vote. Who I vote for doesn’t matter to my pastor or to God. What matters is that I use my boice and talents to witness His love to others which can take many forms. Sometimes that witnessing can take the form of a food line. Some times it can be writing to your legislator or voting. But the best actions that help others know the Lord Most High is to listen to the needs of all and decide your actions based on stories of all slices of life, not just the ones that fit your plans. I am disabled. I vote. I am also unemployed. Not by choice but because of this idea that we need to be taken care of and therefore don’t count in the voting booth or anywhere e4lse. Paul Ryan and every republican running for office I have met in WI has told me over the years I should sit back and take the hand outs because we are to be pitied. Jesus wouldn’t have agreed with that. He hung out with more “outsiders” of society than any other politician. We need to stop idolizing our politicians, our media, our entertainers and look inwardly at ourselves. Are we willing to get to know all of ALL of His family or just the ones we think need attention? Greed (how many homes and cars does one need Mitt?), lying (Paul the Janesville Gazette tells a different story of the auto shutdown) and so on. Are we going to vote. I don’t see any person running for office that can pass as a good example of things in Galatians or 1 Corithians. If that were true then all republicans would be valuing workers like me who just need some simple accomodations to work. Remember all parts of the body work together for good; without it is not effient. I’m like that sprained ankle or chipped tooth. It still has purpose and value, right? I’m voting for whoever listens and looks at the whole body rather than eyeing the “perfect” hands or mind who can add to the greed. Paul Ryan office employees won’t talk to disable constituents respectfully. I know from experience. If If it weren’t for Obama’s secret service during his first presidential run I might have died. Try having a grand mal seizure on ice in a line of supporter wanting to hear him speak. Paul’s office isn’t wheelchair accessible. My republican goveonor won’t put out official state paperwork in large print but he will do it in several languages. Nobody wants us but Christ.

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