All Good Christians Are Republicans! . . . Right?
Posted by Pastor Phil Huebner
In case someone out there has been cowering in a bomb shelter or was sucked into a black hole for the last few weeks, I’ll tell you that today is an important day. It’s election day. Today is the day to vote for local leaders and officials, vote on amendments to laws, and perhaps most importantly, vote for the POTUS–President of the United States.
And if you were said bomb shelter hibernator who was out of touch with reality, I’ll also tell you that the two candidates for president are democratic incumbent Barack Obama and republican Mitt Romney.
Undoubtedly, you have not been living a reclusive lifestyle and have been a part of the real world. So undoubtedly, you know about the election and the two candidates. It’s hard to miss the info! TV ads, radio ads, billboards, bumper stickers, and random phone calls have bombarded Americans for weeks and even months. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets are smothered in political ads and political bantering right now.
Unfortunately, politics have made their way into many churches too. Pastors and other ministers have been boldly heralding choices that need to be made by members of their congregations. And often times–but not all of the time–conservative Christians will find themselves on the Republican side of things.
Where I live, in northeast Florida just barely at the bottom of the Bible belt, this is the case. Most conservative Christians in these parts tend to be in the Republican party. This is not always the case. But this is often the case.
As a pastor I have a lot of people ask me a lot of questions about politics and the election. Sometimes these Christians are a little biased from one political party or the other. But it begs the question:
Are all good Christians Republicans?
I’ll cut to the chase rather than making this a really, really long blog post. NO! NOT AT ALL! In fact, I would almost go so far as to say it is sinful and unbiblical to 100% assert that people are bad Christians if they are democrats and/or vote for Barack Obama.
What do we know from the Bible? Here are two key Bible sections to give guidance:
Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
1 Peter 2:13-14, 17 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right . . . honor the king.
The apostles Paul and Peter are very clear. As Christians we owe honor, respect, and obedience to all the leaders that God has placed over us (as long as they are not telling us to do something against God’s will). And remember, those words were first written in a time when Christians were being persecuted actively by the Jews and by the Roman Empire which was led by an emperor who called himself a god!
God did not establish any particular political party. But God did establish government. So again for that reason, we owe the government honor, respect, and obedience regardless of which party is leading our country.
So when it comes to an election in a country that is privileged to have democracy, we Christians are left to use our own good minds and judgment in making choices. Understanding that the government’s job is not to make everybody Christian or to run the Church but only to rule, protect, and punish, we are thus free to choose whatever candidate we like.
Some Christians feel strongly that the Republican party is a good one to affiliate with because of issues like abortion and gay marriage. I happen to be one of those Christians.
Yet on the other hand, this election year proves a good point. Now what do those die-hard conservative Christian Republicans think about Mitt Romney? He’s not Christian. He’s Mormon. There are a lot of issues that come up with that. It presents a big problem! This year proves that one can’t just say, “All Christians need to be Republican.” This year, the republican candidate isn’t even Christian himself!
The bottom line is: I’m not going to tell you how to vote. (I did allude to how I voted though.) More importantly, God doesn’t tell you to vote for a specific candidate or party.
Rather, God gives you a mind, reason, and a conscience to vote for the person you think will best govern this country and allow for God’s Word to be preached and shared.
God bless you in that careful thinking and voting. God bless our country in the results. May his will be done.
About Pastor Phil HuebnerPastor. Missionary. Principal. Husband. Father. Serving in love as each. http://www.ctkpalmcoast.com
Posted on November 6, 2012, in Church, School and tagged Authority, Barack Obama, Church, Democrats, Election, Government, Honor, Mitt Romney, Obedience, POTUS, President, Republicans, Respect, School, Submission, Submit, Vote, Voting. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.