Saturday, April 11, 2020

Who Would Jesus Vote For?



                                                     Who Would Jesus Vote For?
Someone asked me this question the other day. Does anyone remember the 1985 movie “Brewster’s Millions”? It’s a movie starring Richard Pryor. He inherits a fortune, 300 million dollars. But in order for him to get it he must first spend 30 million in 30 days but end up with no assets but the cloths on his back. One of the ways he spent most of it was on an election campaign. He didn’t want to be elected nor any of the other candidates. So his campaign slogan was “none of the above”.
I think this is a good answer for the question, “Who would Jesus vote for?”. Jesus’ message for us today would be the same one he had for people back then.
Jesus told Pontius Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world. It was from another place. Jesus wouldn’t attach Himself to any particular secular political ideology back then nor today.
If we think about it, if He did vote one way or another this would then attach the gospel message of the kingdom of God to that secular political view. This in turn would alienate everyone that held the opposing political view point by erecting a barrier for people to receive the gospel of the kingdom of God which leads to the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life.
You see Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. His focus was and still is His kingdom. If anything, He wants all people everywhere, from every nation to vote for Him to be Lord and Savior.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ you are an ambassador of Christ. You are a Christian which means Christ like. You represent His kingdom not the kingdoms of humanity. We must be vigilant about attaching Jesus to a worldly kingdom or nation.
Jesus didn’t send the disciples out to restore the earthly nation of Israel. He didn’t send the disciples out the make the Roman Empire into a Christian Empire. He sent his disciples out into every kingdom and nation for the expressed purpose of inviting all people out of every nation and kingdom into His Kingdom, the kingdom of God.
Matthew 25:32 (NIV)
[32] All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Revelation 12:5 (NIV)
[5] She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Revelation 7:9 (NIV)
[9] After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

John 18:36 (NIV)
[36] Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world., .....But now my kingdom is from another place.” 
 
Now with all that being said, as Christians that live in a country that has the privilege to vote for people and laws that would allow us to live in peace and promote God’s will for humanity even if humanity rejects their Creator we should vote. 
We should keep our vote to ourselves except maybe for a select few in your personal inner circle. 
We should vote for people and laws that make murder illegal. For believers in Jesus Christ murder transcends politics because it’s not a political issue for us, it’s a character of God issue. Murder isn’t wrong because God commands it, murder is wrong because God is not a murderer. 
One thing is for sure, murder is against God’s will since the beginning of creation. It was the first sin recorded and condemned after the Fall. Then after the Flood it was one of the first commands God gives Noah and one of the reasons was that people were image bearers of God. 
We should vote for laws and people that will do God’s will in this area of murder. Jesus himself told those that wanted to murder Him, even though professed to believe in God, that their Father was Satan because they supported and wanted to murder Him, the most innocent person that ever lived. 
We should not vote for laws or people that support abortion which is the murder of innocent image bearers of God, or funding laws or organizations or people that commit this murder or judges or people that put judges in place to continue this sin of murder. 
To vote in support of these things would be, without reservation, against God’s will for His people and for all of humanity. To vote in support of laws and people that validate abortion would be carrying out Satans will not God’s will. 

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