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October 17, 2018

Elections: Should Christians and believers get involved? This question draws a lot of discussion and insights from both sides of the isle. In this piece, it is my intention to give you some scriptural wisdom and insights into what believers should do and why we should do what we do.

First off, there are many traditional reIt’s asons why believers (Christians) are encouraged not to get involved in elections. Some of those reasons include:
1) Christians are too pure and holy to be defiled by the lying and shenanigans of elections.
2) We’re going to heaven so none of this stuff matters to us anyway.
3) Our forefathers wanted a separation of church and state for good reason.
4) Any time religious people get into power they oppress those not belonging to the “faith.”
5) Don’t stick out as a believer because you’re already hated for your beliefs
6) The system is to broken there’s no way to fix it.
7) God didn’t give me a sign to get involved in elections.
8) It is a policy of our church not to get involved in government stuff.
9) We might lose our charity status if we talk about politics.
10) There’s just no good candidate to support anyway.

These are some really funny and histerical points to consider. But beloved, I want to tell you that those ideas about true believers in the kingdom of God (Yah) getting involved in politics are all error masquarading as truth. If you believe the Bible is God’s instuction for humans on earth, then to answer the question, we just simply turn to the example of the bible.

Fact #1: Politics/Government is Never Divorced From Beliefs
People try to claim that they are non-partisan when they are in positions of government office but that is an outright lie. Every single person in authority is pushing an agenda near and dear to their heart. Those who hate religion and love secularism, will advance their policies to curtail the advancement of religious standards. They will frame conversations for their point as progressive and anything against their point as backward, antiquated, or against progress. Those who love religion will advance principles and policies which allow their religious ideals to prosper.

Looking to the scripture:
Pharaoh, King of Egypt appointed Joseph, son of Jacob, second-in-command of all of Egypt. Joseph received a government appointed position as Prime Minister of Egypt. He held that position until he died of a ripe old age. Joseph, was annointed with the Holy Spirit. He received dreams. He received the gift of the interpretation of dreams.

Genesis 41:39-41 — Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Because God has shown you all of this, there is no one so discreet and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and according to your word will all my people be ruled. Only in the throne I will be greater than you.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 

Pharaoh had the good sense to know that the coming trouble was beyond his capability AND the man Joseph had the Spirit of God in him directing his ways. Thus Joseph’s wisdom from God allowed him to prepare during the good years so that when the seven bad years came, there was enough food to SAVE all the people in Egypt and neighbouring countries.

According to Scriptures: A man like Joseph should be in charge of Government to preserve lives during economic failure

Looking again to the scripture:
Haman, one who hated a single man and to hide his hatred of this one man, he decided to hatch a plan to kll the people that man belonged to: the Jews. Haman was prime minister of the kingdom. His hatred hatched a plan to commit genocide of all the Jewish people on a certain day. Yet, higher than him was Queen Esther, who Haman did not know was a Jew. When the plans were laid and all the people knew that their end was coming near, then wept and prayed to God for deliverance.

God intervened in this story and Haman and all those enemies of the Jews were cut off on the day they were supposed to cut of God’s people. Defeat replaced their almost certain victory of God’s people. Haman was cut off. And Mordecai was given the role of Prime Minister.

Esther 7:9-10 — Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were with the king said, “Behold, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman has made for Mordecai, who spoke good for the king, is standing at Haman’s house.” The king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified. 

Esther 9:3-4 — All the princes of the provinces, the local governors, the governors, and those who did the king’s business helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai had fallen on them. For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces; for the man Mordecai grew greater and greater.

According to scriptures: A man like Mordecai should be in charge when God’s people are in danger of perishing under their enemies and oppressors.

When the nation of the children of Israel came out of slavery from Egypt, they were not under any governmental structure.
Moses was the one with the Holy Spirit of God in him. Moses was getting guidance direct from God and showing the people where to go and what to do. Moses was governing the people by default. Then God told him to select 70 godly elders who will also be anointed with the Holy Spirit to govern the people.

Numbers 11:16-17 —  Yahweh said to Moses, “Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you don’t bear it yourself alone. 

According to scriptures: God(Yah) will pour out his Holy Spirit on the 70 elders who are to help govern the people in truth.

Should believers/Christians get involved in elections? Believers have a duty to lead the people with honour and a duty to preerve life when things are doing down the toilet. However, modern politics in the form of political parties attempt to prevent any individual believer from entering the politcal arena. In Canada, the Liberal Party did not want anyone to join up to run for office if they were pro-life (against abortion). So basically, they want your vote to get them in power, but not your belief that life in the womb is sacred. So naturally, godly persons would not join that political party.

So now the godly voter has to look to the other parties to see where are god’s people located. The politcal party that is against abortion is one signpost. How about the political party that supports caring for the poor and homeless? The godly voter has to look at those signs. Then keep on looking for more godly principles. Only when a thorough search is done and one has found a party of principles or candidates of principle, then you can vote for that person.

Now what about a situation where you have the lessor of two evils? What if all candidates are immoral and/or corrupt in some way, who do you vote for? That’s a tough one to answer directly.

I’d would have to say look at both evil candidates and see which one is intent doing any of the following:
1) destroying the economy, 2) destroying the good morals, 3) only benefittng themselves, 4) doing wickedness, 5) curtailing religious freedoms, 6) advocating violence or genocide, 7) allowing the cruel and wicked to prosper.

If you see two candidates and one is 5 of the above while the other one is doing other immoral things, then the candidate doing the 5 of the 7 things I mention above will lead the people on a fast track to ruin. Don’t vote for that person.

But that is not the choice our father in heaven wants for us. He does not want us to choose the lesser of two evils. He wants us to choose the Good and avoid the Evil. Therefore, pray to him to put his Holy Spirit on a candidate who will represent the Good so that the choice is at least a fair choice.

Venezuela’s economy appears to be in shambles from the news reports. I am praying that a godly man rises up to help rescue the people.

Trinidad’s economy is being manipulated to head into a downward spiral. I am praying that a godly man rises up to help rescue the people.

And as always, I am praying for Canada with the hope that our current leaders will feel the touch of God in their lives to bring them to place where they care for the people.

Now let me end with the rebuttal of the 10 false points above:
1) Christians are too pure and holy to be defiled by the lying and shenanigans of elections. (Not So. When we get to heaven we will be Holy and Pure and even then some will be leaders and princes over territory. So we have to govern here when it is appointed to us.)

2) We’re going to heaven so none of this stuff matters to us anyway. (That’s not what the scripture teaches us. What we do here will determine whether we get to there! Isaiah 37:16  “Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, who is enthroned among the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. )

3) Our forefathers wanted a separation of church and state for good reason. (Yes, and for good reason. The dark ages and the inquisition saw brutal assault against millions of simple godly people (called heretics) because they refused to follow the doctrine of the powerful Catholic Church. Many protestant reformers faced burning at the stake. The forefathers did not ever want a reoccurance of that scenario.)

4) Any time religious people get into power they oppress those not belonging to the “faith.” (This happens for all systems of beliefs including the ‘atheist’ beliefs as we saw in communism some of the most vile brutality against Christians. In Muslim majority countries, non-muslim people suffer oppression and even death. True believers are peace makers and lovers of peace and do not seek power to oppress others.)

5) Don’t stick out as a believer because you’re already hated for your beliefs (Yes, you may be hated for your beliefs but if a person is drowning in a pool and you dive in to save them, do they stop to ask your religious beliefs first before allowing you to save them? No. They grab you and get to safety. Politics is a drowning beast, get off the sideline and save lives.)

6) The system is too broken there’s no way to fix it. (The system will never even get to the start of being fixed if all the god-fearing people shy away from their duty to lead in government. The curses are on the land because of the wickedness, step up to bring back blessings.)

7) God didn’t give me a sign to get involved in elections. (I can’t argue with you on that. But God did give us examples in his Holy Scriptures of where people with his spirit made a real difference in the lives of millions. Maybe you need to pray for his spirit.)

8) It is a policy of our church not to get involved in government stuff. (If that is your church policy then your church teaches cowardice. Doesn’t the scripture teach that true believers are given a spirit of boldness not a spirit of fear.

9) We might lose our charity status if we talk about politics. (There’s nothing I can say about this except, will your charity status guarantee you a ticket into heaven?)

10) There’s just no good candidate to support anyway. (If this is really true then you and a group of sincere believers should be praying and fasting regularly for God to raise up a good candidate from among the believers. Remember the children of Israel in slavery in Egypt. There was no good candidate to lead them up. God himself preserved and raised up Moses to lead them out. In Exodus 2:23-24 we see it written, “in the course of those many days, the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” Why arent you sighing and crying daily?) 

I hope this piece has given you food for thought. Until next time, continue to learn and grow.

About the author 

Vaughn Berkeley, MBA

I'm a father of 3, a published author of 13 books, a writing coach, and an online instructor. I'm working on my book projects and a very special project I'm not at liberty to discuss yet but my fans will know first in 2022/23, These days, I'm on a spiritual quest to discover more about the meaning of life and my our purpose. I lost a dear friend in 2018 and so I'm more focused that ever on what truly matters in this life: People.

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