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Answering, "Voting for neither candidate of a major political party is going to bring us closer to God."

Ramesh C. Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard


Collegialism is the theory that church is independent from the state. The state not interfering in church affairs is a great thing but the church not involving itself in state affairs can be problematic. There are those who believe that churches should not involve themselves in political affairs of the state and do not encourage their congregation members to make a difference in politics.

There are reasons for it and one of the main reasons has to do with U.S legal code 501(c)(3)  that gives churches tax-exempt status with stipulations. One of the stipulations is that churches cannot directly endorse or campaign for a candidate for any political office. Some religious organizations feel so strong about being involved in political affairs that govern the nation that they have been willing to forgo their tax-exempt status. For that I applaud them!

There are other churches that do not want to get involved because of the fear of losing their tax-exempt status. It is not my place to judge them. However, even if they don’t directly get involved, they can preach a message about the importance of having leaders who uphold moral values. The preaching can be an exposition of scripture dealing with what kind of leaders, the Bible values.

Churches can preach about controversial issues such as abortion, gay marriage, etc by expositing Scripture. Sadly, many churches back off. I hope your church will not back off. There can be a tendency to think what if I turn certain people off and they leave the church. There have been times that I have been apprehensive of writing stuff but went out in faith and did it.

I am reminded of what prophets from the Old Testament, what Jesus, and what the apostles did when they spoke. They did not always speak regarding what people wanted to hear. On the contrary, they spoke on issues that provoked and angered many but they knew they had to live and proclaim the truth. Especially, in the Old Testament, out of fear some prophets reluctantly spoke to their own congregations about how they were living and how they ought to live because God wanted them to be His faithful messenger. Jesus was a Master at that and reminded His disciples that they would be persecuted but the Holy Spirit will give them the words.

It is so exciting to know that as a leader of a flock that the Lord has put under your shepherding, you can proclaim the Truth of God's Word even on issues such as abortion, Gay marriage, etc and leave the results in the Lord's Helping Hands. When members of congregations are convicted in their hearts, they will know what the right thing to do will be!

If you are a shepherd of a flock and are reading this, it is not to say that you have done that what I am describing below. If you have, I hope this article will help you rethink how your congregation can be motivated to make a difference.

When I read or hear about a priest, pastor, clergy, bishop, etc letting their congregation know, “Voting for neither major party is going to bring us closer to God”, it really distresses me because then there may be a mentality among congregations who look up to their leaders that if neither party is going to bring people closer to God, then why bother even voting or registering to vote.  
            The other message it may send is that if neither party is going to bring us closer to God, we can vote for whoever will benefit us. If congregations feel that way then they have actually given into egoism, the doctrine that self-interest is the highest good. Yet, from Scripture we know that self-interest should not be the highest good.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

So what role can church leaders indirectly take in politics without endangering their tax-exempt status?

 For one thing if congregations do believe that neither major party is going to bring us any closer to God, not to just leave it at that. No one can bring us closer to God without each one having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even church leaders cannot bring any individual closer to God until each individual within the church realizes that they are sinners in need of a Savior to redeem them and  they desire Jesus to be their Lord. The church can help them in realizing that! Growth will slowly start there as people study the Word of God and are in prayer in their solitary times with the Lord. Once people have a personal relationship with Jesus, the church can supplement their growth and help them in their walk with the Lord. It does start with an individual personal relationship with the Lord and corporate community’s help to help in that growth.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 3:1-4, 2:6-8, NIV)

The statistics are staggering when I think about the 2000 presidential elections when 4 million Evangelical Christians did not vote. If they were of the mentality that neither candidate was going to bring them closer to God or make a difference in their lives, then they decided to stay at home.

A lot of times candidates are taken captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Because of that, I don’t think their intent is to bring people closer to God. Even if a candidate desires to bring the nation closer to God, there are other forces that try to prevent that from happening.

Does that mean, we throw in the towel and do not cast our vote on Nov 2, 2004?

No one has a perfect record for us to be 100% confident to give them our vote but that does not mean we should not vote for a candidate that comes close to following biblical morals. As followers of Christ, we have a duty to put those in office who come close to following biblical morals! Otherwise we send a message of immoralism, which is the rejection of morality.

No candidate who is running for office is perfect except one candidate who runs for the vote of humanity that they would accept Him into their lives to govern them and be their Master. His name is Jesus Christ and He is worth V.O.T.I.N.G for without reservations.

When it comes to human candidates, we will have reservations but that does not mean we should not vote! We should seek the Lord in prayer and vote for the candidate that comes closer to upholding biblical values.

There are many biblical values that can be threatened this election year if the wrong candidate gets in. We can make sure that does not happen. However, we should not adhere to egoism. If our vote is going to be based on what candidate will help ‘me’ and better my life then upholding biblical values won’t be a priority. In that case, people would vote for who will better their lives personally.

Let us not base our vote on what candidate can personally help us but rather what candidate will better promote biblical morality and values remembering neither candidate is perfect.

There are a lot of election issues and some of the issues are more controversial than ever. Candidates have taken a stand on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, gun control, racial reconciliation, universal health care, education, Iraq War, War on Terror, economy, tax reform, reaching the poor, etc.

Both candidates espouse issues that we can be passionate about but only one candidate can be voted into office. Lord has given us the right to vote and has put us in a position to vote. We should vote for candidates who uphold biblical morality and other issues will be taken care of is what I strongly believe.

Of all the issues that I can think of, only two issues go against biblical morality. They are the issues of abortion and Gay Marriage.

As followers of Christ, do we want to vote someone into office who wants to keep Roe v.s Wade alive that legalized abortion?

According to the website, Women’s Issues, currently an estimated 1,365,000 million women receive abortions in America annually. Approximately 40 million abortions have been performed since 1973. Those are sad statistics in the holocaust of the unborn. The unborn are being slaughtered and we can do something about it. The person who was responsible for Roe v. Wade is Jane Roe" (whose real name was Norma McCorvey) who challenged the criminal abortion laws in Texas. Recently, she became a born-again Christian who loves the Lord Jesus Christ and had a change of heart when it comes to abortion. Norma McCorvey has changed her view on abortion and now directs the Crossing Over Ministry, a nonprofit anti-abortion organization. Last year she filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Dallas requesting that Roe v. Wade be reversed, and more recently a federal judge agreed to hear her arguments.

Biblical scripture speaks about the unborn, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NIV)

These verses show that life begins at conception and a fetus should not be destroyed. Our Lord wants us to speak out for those who cannot speak out for themselves.

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11, NIV)

We have the power to vote into office the candidates that speak out against abortion among other things we can do. Both presidential candidates agree life begins at conception but only one candidate has been willing to do something about it.


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