Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God… For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil…. do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 12:1-4
With the upcoming elections, Christians are once again facing the issue: for whom should I vote?
I submit to you that you are not at liberty to vote for whoever you wish. The reason, is that voting is a moral act, and all moral acts are regulated by the Law of God. Furthermore, as one who is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you must submit every decision to His will, including the decision for whom you should vote.
So the question that every Christian must ask is this: For whom does God want me to vote? The answer to that question is clear: I must vote for the man who will best function as a Minister of God in the civil government.
If, as our text above states twice, civil authorities are Ministers of God, and that as Ministers of God their duty is to praise moral goodness and to punish moral evil, then I am obligated by divine mandate to select for office such men as will best fulfill that duty.
We are not agnostic voters. We are not Libertarians, Republicans, or Democrats. We are Christian moralists, and since the civil government’s duty as a Minister of God is to uphold and enforce public morality according to the Law of God, then it is incumbent upon us to vote for those men who will do so.
If civil government is a Minister of God, then it certainly must regulate public moral behavior according to the Law of God, just at churches and parents ought to do in their respective realms.
Therefore, any candidate that denies that civil government should regulate public morality; who says that it should not prohibit behaviors that are clearly contrary to the Law of God, is not fit to be a Minister of God, and therefore is not fit to receive the vote of a Christian.
Furthermore, any candidate who says that civil government should not uphold and promote behaviors that are clearly mandated in the Law of God, is also not fit to be a Minister of God, and is also not fit to receive the vote of a Christian.
It is the duty of the civil government to punish moral evil and to promote moral good as the Minister of God. It is the duty of Christians to vote for such men who will do so.Pastor Max Doner Sovereign Grace Bible Church Foster, Oregon