Let’s talk about voting as a Christian , especially since this is an election year.
My challenge to you is not WHO to vote for but to be Pauline and be willing to change your
vote based on new found convictions.
That phrase, “I cast my vote” is found in the Bible.
It is found in the mouth of a man that eventually changed his vote and his party.
For so long he cast his vote for the wrong thing, the wrong people and the wrong party.
And that man was the apostle Paul.
Christianity is growth. It is the willingness to grow out and grow up.
Real Christians grow and can grow out of voting the wrong way. Make no mistake, I am in no way intimating which candidate is right and wrong, or who to vote for in what I am writing. It’s a little deeper than “if you are a Christian you will vote for ????”
Listen to what Paul says in Acts 26 to King Agrippa about his voting.
9 “So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them.
Paul is speaking about his voting record before becoming a Christian. His vote was for the death of Christians. He said “I cast my vote against them.”
Obviously it was the wrong vote. So when Jesus changes Paul on the road to Damascus (verses 12-15), he was also about to change his voting record. That is what Jesus does. If Jesus is truly Lord, then He controls party affiliations, and in Paul’s case it was his affiliation to voting a one party straight ticket, the Pharisee ticket.
Real conversion touches every part of our life, even voting. Can you imagine Paul saying, “I’m a Christian but my family has always voted the Pharisee party line so I need to.” Well , part of that ballot was the murdering of the Christians. Surrender to Christ is the surrender of everything. It doesn’t matter what your parents were. It doesn’t matter what others vote. It doesn’t matter what your race votes. All that matters is what Jesus says.
Here’s a thought: ask Jesus how to vote? Not your pastor, not your deacon, not your denomination, not your “same color” friendships, not your parents….Jesus. Most are afraid to do this because of what Jesus might say.
The old hymn “In the Garden” is really true…
“I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses And the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.”
Jesus does still talk to us.
He does tell me that “I am His own” and He also tells me how to vote.
Thank you apostle Paul that you changed your vote.
Thank you that your Christianity was stronger than your ties to your political party.
CS Lewis said it best in the book “Weight of Glory”:
“He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, OR A PARTY, or a class , is rendering to Caesar that which most emphatically belongs to God, Himself.”