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How Would Jesus Vote?   (November 13, 2020)

Well, the 2020 elections are over. Sort of. Kathie and I chose to vote in person. The pathway to the polling place was strewn with posters of all sizes urging us to vote for a particular candidate. The signs were, however, nothing compared to the pre-election robo calls and texts pleading for us to vote for various individuals, including some running in other states.

There were also an innumerable number of websites that provided voter guides for how candidates stood on certain issues.  Not surprisingly, one’s faith came into play in many of these postings. A Catholic guide provided a hierarchy of moral values to influence voting, and also urged faithful believers to vote NO for a payroll tax to fund paid family leave.  A Baptist directive urged evangelicals to vote under the authority of Scripture and led by the Holy Spirit. Methodists were encouraged to read about 8 key policy areas that included voting rights, climate change, loving immigrants, and respecting the dignity of gays. An atheist group published a survey sent to candidates nationwide to see who supported separations of church and state, freedom of conscience, and equality.

Faith-based voting is not a new concept. In the 2015 presidential primaries, Republican candidate Ted Cruz claimed if Christians showed up and voted for Republican values, “we’ll turn this country around.1 ”  Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic contender, declared protecting the poor and welcoming immigrants were Christian values inconsistent with Republican priorities. The debate of how Christians should vote surfaced again in the 2019 primaries and 2020 election. This time the question was raised, “How would Jesus vote?”

If Jesus walked in this world today, I hardly think it would be as a registered Democrat or Republican. When Christ was on earth, He chastised both religious parties; to the Pharisees for not practicing what they preach (Matthew 23:1-32), and to the Sadducees for not knowing scriptures (Matthew 22:23-32). The Lord warned the common people to be on guard against the false teachings of both parties (Matthew 16:12).

When religious leaders tried to trap Jesus on the issue of taxation, He replied, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17). The Son of God did not come to earth to win an election, He came to offer everyone the chance to accept what is God’s: the chance to have sins forgiven and be granted eternal life in God’s kingdom. The offer was a free gift to all who would accept it.

God’s offer is not contingent upon the outcome of a popular election. The offer cannot be removed by putting a proposition on the ballot, nor by getting the Supreme Court to rule it unconstitutional. God’s offer of salvation was put on the table by the Son of God about 2,000 years ago. Nothing of this world can remove it. Only when Christ returns will the offer be taken off the table.

Every person on earth is in a one-time personal election. Not a popularity poll between God and Satan. Rather, each individual decides whether they will accept the Lord’s offer. Those who accept salvation through Jesus Christ are called the “elect” (Mark 13:27). Any who reject the offer are losers, destined eventually for the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).

As for the things rendered unto Caesar, I don’t know if you will get a tax break, free medical care, or a wall along the Mexican border. If you did, you know they won’t last. And nothing is really free. As for giving your life to God, you are guaranteed a plan for a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and when you walk through the waters or fire you will not be consumed (Isaiah 43:2). These divine promises are trustworthy and have been paid in full by Jesus.

Remember the big deal about voting on or before November 3rd? A similar deadline exists for the Lord’s offer.  You must decide before you die or before Christ returns. There are no do-overs and absentee ballots do not exist in hell. Don’t miss the deadline. 

1 https://www.npr.org/2019/04/23/716258078/