When Voting is a Sin

OK, so here’s the thing.
We have an election coming up in just shy of a month, and boy is it an interesting one. For the democratic party we have a lying, cheating woman who is basically capable of second degree murder, and for the republican party we have a sleazy, disrespectful, lying, bigot who represents everything wrong with American culture.
Is either one a good choice?
No, absolutely not.
That much is clear.
But amidst the confusion and angry opinions between the two parties and their respective nominees, I hear another voice: the voice of the Children of God, declaring loudly that they support Donald Trump.
And that is heinous.
First off, let me be straight with you.
I am not in any way defending Hillary Clinton nor trying to get you to vote for her (I’m certainly not), I’m basically trying to get you to not vote.
WHAT.
NOT VOTE?
How dare he say that.
Is he even saved?
I am sick and tired of American Christians acting like voting it’s a biblical command. It’s not, and in fact I will show you evidence found in the bible not to vote this election than to vote for either snake that is running.
(I promise I’m not trying to be arrogant I’m just angry that the Children of the Father of Lights are so deceived)
First let’s deal with some of the reasons why a lover of Christ might vote for Donald Trump.

1: He’s republican.
I don’t even know how to say this gently, but THAT IS THE STUPIDEST REASON TO VOTE FOR ANYONE. Would you buy a burning house just because it was on the street you want to live on? No. So your logic is stupid.

2: It’s my duty to do make sure the best option becomes president, so that Christian values and God-honoring laws are put in place.
Ok, first of all, it’s not your duty as a believer, it’s your duty as an American. And if you are a believer, your very first duty is always to obey your Lord and Savior, not your friggin country. Now, I understand what’s at stake. The next president gets to elect up to three supreme court justices and possibly completely change the supreme court for good or for bad. With such issues as abortion at hand, we need someone who will appoint justices who will knock down any law permitting more abortion.
But a closer look at Trump’s track record with abortion reveals he was pro-choice up until sometime in the mid 2000s and even then wasn’t completely against it; and he became officially pro-life when he started considered running for president back in 2011. Even since we began running he has changed his opinion on the exact ramifications he would impose against abortion as president, (even going so far as to say that women should be punished for having one, but the man involved would not be), revealing that he really does not have a passionate opinion on the matter, but rather is swayed by politics and popular vote (as he has been with numerous issues too many to list on here).
Let’s be real. Donald Trump is not a lover of human life.
He has consistently mocked people with disabilities, minority groups, weak and disadvantaged people, women, refugees, and people with other religious backgrounds than he.
His character needs to speak louder than his words. And I know his words can be loud, but let’s be honest. This is a man who once spoke of his 1 year-old girl saying that he didn’t know whether or not she’d look like her mother because she didn’t yet have breasts. He has repeatedly inferred he’d like to have sex with his daughter Ivanka if she weren’t his daughter, and a recent tape leaked from 2005 shows him talking about sexually harassing women just because he’s a star, and attempting to have sex with a married woman while he himself was newly married.
You cannot allow one issue to drive out all others.
I once joked about the logic of people who said they would vote for Trump just because he’s not Hillary by asking if you had to vote for a rapist or a murderer who would you vote for?
And here we are, basically with those two options.
Hillary is responsible for the death of four Americans and Donald Trump is responsible for sexually harassing and degrading women.
But wait, he apologized, right? Yes, technically, he did. But right after reading his scripted apology (oh please it was so easy to tell) he proceeded to change the spotlight to Hillary like a five year old child and say that what he said was nothing compared to her degradation of certain people groups and that her husband Bill has said much worse things on the golf course with him.
What?
What about a “I am so incredibly sorry for that mistake I made when I was so much less mature (hint: he was 60 years old at the time) and I will do anything possible to teach the future generation that it needs to cherish and value women, not treat them like sex objects made for selfish pleasure only.”
No, it was a “I’m sorry, but look at this..”
Weak.
Besides this, he has continually made declarations of total war to be imposed upon Islam radicals and their families, endorsed terrible and inhumane forms of torture, refused to take nuclear weaponry out of the equation for future uses against countries, and spread lies and hate against minority and religious groups, all while toting behind the name of Evangelicals like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, and Mike Huckabee.
Let’s make one thing clear here: Donald Trump does not care about Godly values and lacks completely in His character or understanding of His nature. He will not be a Godly president. The best he has going for him is that to Christians, he’s the lesser evil. Which is where we will enter reason number three why on earth a Christian would vote for him.

3: He’s not Hillary. I can’t bring myself to vote for Hillary so I’m voting for Trump because he’s the lesser evil.
REALLY?
That’s your reasoning? Because he’s the lesser evil? Where in the world can you find a scripture verse that says if you have to sin, you should pick the better one. You are not required to vote by God, you are encouraged to vote by your country.
To vote for the lesser evil is actually a logic found in the bible though…would you like to know where?
” But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!” (Matthew 27:20-21)
The leaders of the Jewish people hated both Jesus and Barabbas. They both were known for causing trouble. But Jesus was more dangerous in their eyes, and so since they had to choose one of them to be released, they chose the lesser evil.
Woah, that’s harsh Peter, why would you use that passage?
Because it points out the fallacy in the logic that says you must vote and so you must vote for the lesser evil.
Are you willing to vote for a man that stands against most everything that Christ died for? Are you willing to vote for a man who is in rebellion against the character of the God you love?
But Peter, you say, I can’t let Hillary in office.
Oh really?
Because somewhere in Romans Paul tells us simply to pray for our leaders because God himself put them there. Do you doubt the mighty hand of God in this election?
Yes, we have a duty to vote as Americans.
But we have a larger duty to obey the law of God, and one of the laws that God has given us is to obey him and to be his image-bearers in the earth.
Do you think showing support for a man who degrades women and blasphemes against life that God created is bearing His image well?
But Peter, I’m not supporting his lifestyle or wrongdoing, I simply am supporting him as president.
No, when you elect someone you are supporting the whole package. At least all that you know of the package. You can’t be held responsible for what you don’t know, but if we elect Trump with everything we know about him, a vote for him includes the entire person, and all that we know.
If we know that Trump is not a God-honoring person and violates the very nature of God, then a vote for him is to violate our conscience and thus, do that which we know not to do. (James 4:17)
And that is sin.
WHAT.
Cruel.
I know, I’m such a mean person for calling out the stupidity of the American church.
Listen, if you support this man, you are in danger of sinning. I’m sorry, I never use this harsh language on this site but I feel very strongly about this and I believe the Lord is testing our true allegiance in this election.
Where is our true citizenship?
What will we put first?
America or Heaven?
God’s laws or man’s?

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Paul is telling us that even if we do not do the evil things he listed here in his letter to the Romans, we are guilty of those sins if we approve of them.
Approve?
This word gets unpacked in the dictionary as “Accept, back, support, endorse, sanction, recommenced, etc”

Kinda sounds like electing someone, doesn’t it?
Notice that Paul doesn’t say you even have to approve of those things the individual is doing that are evil, you simply have to approve of that person to be found guilty of sinning in that way.
God looks at the heart of a person, their body, soul, and spirit. He does not separate Trump as president from Trump as a individual. He looks at the whole man and makes judgement.
We are called to holiness, to sanctification, to being God’s lights in a dark world.
How in the world is voting such a man as Donald Trump being light in a dark world?
Let me be clear, the world is already horrified and pointing out the hypocrisies of the church in supporting such a man.
This election is already purifying and testing the values of the American church.

I know this has become long, so I’ll end soon, but I want to end with a few thoughts.
Why must you vote?
Did God ever command you to vote?
God called you simply to respect your leaders and to pray for them.
Yes, voting is a great privilege, and one we should utilize if we can, but if it goes against the standards of holiness we seek in following Christ, we need to make sure our priorities are right.
If you had to choose between shooting a woman or a child, would you choose?
You’d probably take the bullet yourself.
Why?
Because when either choice is bad, you cannot simply choose the slightly better option.
Evil is evil.
It is one shade.
God does not categorize evil in levels or number transgressions according to the severity of the sin.
He counts it all as rebellion.

It’s time for us a church in America to wake up.
This earth is not our home.
Sometimes we can involve ourselves in improving it, and sometimes our consciences (read: Holy Spirit) will not allow us to.
And that’s ok.
We must trust that God will elect the leader who needs to be there.
We are shortsighted.
We are not in charge of cleaning the country, we are in charge of becoming like Christ.
And if you can imagine Christ voting for either Trump or Hillary, then you have a much larger imagination than I have.

Sometimes biblical characters served under a evil king or tyrant. But never was that their choice. They simply were put there by God to influence a ungodly nation while serving a ungodly king, but none of them chose that king to be in place. God did. And through it he worked miracles.
He still works miracles.
But they only come when we pray.
So please, friends, fall upon your knees and weep for our country. Weep for our church, deceived and blinded by love of the world.
Pray for the grace of our Heavenly Father to allow us to step back from the mess and simply pray, uninvolved in the physical, but waging battle in the spiritual.
For prayer is anything but passive.
One prayer is worth a thousand votes.
Step away from the love of country long enough to see a God, holy and bright, commanding you to do nothing else but love and obey him.
And in His marvelous light your priorities may get realigned.
Your previous loves may diminish.
And one thing may remain: a desire to see Him glorified.
And that might very well mean not voting in November.

Do not bring this guilt upon our already stained hands.
Do not forsake your conviction.
Do not abandon your faith at the altar.
If you vote, vote with faith in your heart and your conscience clear.

But I urge you, do not vote for someone you know is a violator of God’s character.
To do so would be to slap God in the face with your patriotism, a sin that many of us are already guilty of but have been so blinded by American Christianity we do not recognize it anymore.

God does not love America; he loves people, he loves holiness.

” And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”

P.S: Also, if you are insistent on voting, please for the sake of your conscience and love for your Savior, look up third party candidates. It’s better to save your soul than to save your country.

And do not take this as a hate article against the candidates. We are called to love them as Christ would, but sometimes that means pointing out their errors to help others not fall into the trap of following their footsteps.

Pray for them.

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