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Voting and Christians

Discussion in 'Baptists' started by VCViking, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. VCViking

    VCViking Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel...

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    Where in the Bible does it say Christians have to vote? Are there any verses where it says we have to, must or should vote?

    Just to point out, I am voting but I here some Christians say they are not going to vote and others say as a Christian, you have to vote. So I am looking to find the bible verses that support either concept. Thanks.
     
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  2. MrJim

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    It's a personal conscience issue; I don't vote but am not bothered by those that do. My personal reasons have more to do with trust in God's sovereignty and verses that point towards that end but others can build as reasonable case for voting.
     
  3. Rhamiel

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    every book of the bible was written in a kingdom or empire
    the books of Moses were written at a time that was more of a tribal nature with elders of the differant tribes acting as leaders
    then was the time of Judges
    then the Kingdom of Israel, then the split between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah
    then Israel was taken over by other nations which were also kingdoms

    at the time of Christ, the Romans controlled the entire region

    so at no time was democracy really part of the lives of people in the Bible
     
  4. VCViking

    VCViking Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel...

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    Yes, I know...hence the reason I asked the question.
     
  5. savedfromdistruction

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    Col. 3:17
    And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

    We are told to do all we do in the name of the Lord so if we do not vote we need to be sure we are doing so because this is His will and we are not voting in His name. If we do vote we also need to be sure this is His will and done in the name of the Lord.
     
  6. 98cwitr

    98cwitr Lord forgive me Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

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    I don't vote...I don't want to be anywhere near politics. What will be will be. God is Sovereign.
     
  7. dogs4thewin

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    I vote because you have NO right to complain about the shape of the country if you CAN vote and choose NOT to do so.
     
  8. savedfromdistruction

    savedfromdistruction Regular Member

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    Then you need to stop praying as what will be will be.God is Sovereign
     
  9. MrJim

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    Personally I pray to be conformed to God's will rather than for personal ideals. Do not confuse this with fatalism. While I believe God orders the universe I still look both ways before crossing the street ;)

    Also see Psalm 75 and Daniel 2.
     
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  10. VCViking

    VCViking Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel...

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    Can you back this up with Scripture?
     
  11. Boidae

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    I do not vote, but I do hold a Voter's card and listed as no party affiliation.

    When we went to church this morning, there was a paper that had listed who the church would like you to vote for. They are looking at Romney for President.

    I don't see any good candidates, so I am not voting again this year.
     
  12. VCViking

    VCViking Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel...

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    Rhamiel, I owe you an apology. I took your post the wrong way and responded with discord. I am sorry. :sorry:
     
  13. OzSpen

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    You are speaking as an American. The world is bigger than the USA.

    Here in Australia, voting at local, State and Federal elections is compulsory, by legislation of the government. Therefore, to be an obedient Christian, I am to follow the teaching of Romans 13:1-7,
    If I do not vote, I am fined. If I do not like any of the candidates, I have to vote, but nobody is to know if I give an informal vote. I know of some folks Down Under who on rare occasions (because they don't approve of any of the candidates) scribble across the ballot.

    Sincerely, Oz
     
  14. Rhamiel

    Rhamiel Member of the Round Table

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    no problem man
     
  15. 98cwitr

    98cwitr Lord forgive me Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

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    Why? What do you assume I pray for?
     
  16. cow451

    cow451 The Most Interesting Poster in the Forum Supporter

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    I would vote with my feet.... and find another church.
     
  17. MrJim

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    I heard forced voting was done in dictator-run
    3d world countries but not there in Australia..I still wouldn't even if I was there..guess I would simply pay the fine and move on..know the difference between submission and obedience-only God gets utter obedience; the state gets submission and that may include consequences (fines, jail, torture, and even death).
     
  18. Boidae

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    Why? Because they said who they support and who they would like us to vote for?

    We aren't required to vote for who they're supporting, we're free to vote for whomever or not at all.
     
  19. OzSpen

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    I live in a thorough-going democracy. It is not forced voting as in a dictatorship. It is government legislated compulsory voting. If enough of us don't like that perspective, we vote that government out at the next election.

    Do you know what? I'm forced to get a driver's licence to be able to drive on the roads, by government legislation. Do you think that I should refuse to follow this law from my "dictator-run", democratic government?

    Oz
     
  20. MrJim

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    It only becomes a matter of conscience when one believes it violates a mandate of Scripture, or church teaching. Since people/churches interpret Scripture differently folks are going to come to different conclusions on such matters.

    Note I did not refer to the Australian gov't as "dictator-run", only that compulsory voting in my limited experience was only known in 3d world dictatorship nations, particularly Africa and the Middle East.
     
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