Glorify God With Your Vote

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In less than three weeks all of the ballots will be cast in this years Presidential election.  This years election will be one of the hardest fought elections in a very long time.  Both parties held primaries that lasted for months, and both parties have nominated candidates that neither party really seem to like very much.  As a result, pandering is at an all-time high, especially to the middle-class.  Another group that is being pandered to is Christians…somewhat. 

Christians in the United states are in a very difficult position.  On the one hand there is one candidate (McCain) with very questionable ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-family’ credentials.  On the other hand there is a candidate (Obama) who opposes the right of abortion survivors to medical care, and subsequently, the right of that baby to life.  Both candidates seem to endorse a more ‘socialistic’ view than has ever been articulated by a major party candidate in the past.  A win for one candidate will result in a historic moment in American history, with the first man of color as President.  A win for the other candidate will also be historic, with the first woman as Vice-President. 

Add to this uncertainty the so-called ‘third-party’ candidates…I think there are three, the best of which is probably Chuck Baldwin.  Baldwin is a Christian, a Baptist Pastor, and is very ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-family’ and decidedly not a socialist.  However, for the Christian there is also a problem with his candidacy…the fact remains that he is a Pastor.  I’m not sure how God-glorifying a vote for a current Pastor of a Church would be.  This gave some Christians pause about Huckabee in the primaries, not that he was a current Pastor, but that he had given up Pastoring in order to pursue a career in politics.  Here we have a current Pastor who it seems would be willing to give up his office as Pastor in order to become President.  The value system seems a little warped to me in this one respect.  To be clear, I am not ruling Baldwin out, I am just presenting the dilemma as it has come to me.  In fact, I think he would probably make a much better President than anyone else running.  But he has been called by God to a higher office than that of President.  He has been called to the Gospel ministry.  I don’t want to stand in the way of that.

So there are the options.  Sort of ‘pro-life’, ‘pro-abortion’, and Pastor.  What is a Christian to do with his vote?  Y’all discuss this for a while.  Meanwhile, I’ve got some more stuff to consider that I’ll tell you about later…like Scripture.



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5 responses to “Glorify God With Your Vote

  1. DJ

    Jeremy, I confess that it also bothers me that he is maintaining his pastoral duties while actively campaigning as a presidential candidate with a political party (even though it is utterly impossible for him to win). But it sounds from your post that you don’t think its possible for God to change someone’s calling from, say, a pastor to a politician. I don’t see in Scripture where this is precluded. I also don’t see where any calling (or office for that matter) is higher than any other calling – even a calling to pastoral ministry. I think the priesthood of the believer renders all callings equal in the sight of God, and I think that all Christians are called into Gospel ministry, just in different aspects (some clergy, some laity). Am I missing something here? Help me to see if I am 🙂

  2. DJ,

    I don’t think God changes His mind after He has called someone into the ministry. Let’s both remember that we’re assuming he has been called into the ministry. If he hasn’t been called into the ministry then he’s free to do whatever, but I would have to question his character at that point.

    I don’t see anywhere in Scripture where God retracts His calling. To be sure, some have disqualified themselves from the ministry, but of all God’s Spokesmen in the Bible, which one did He ever release from His charge (except for disqualification)?

    I do think the calling Pastor is a special calling, and that it’s office is higher than that of President. It is a position in the Kingdom of God, whereas President is one office among many in the kingdoms of man. There is no comparison.

    The priesthood of the believer simply affirms that all Christians have the same access before God, that is, through their Great High Priest, Jesus. I don’t for one minute think that it gives every single Christian the same level of authority. It does mean that we are all equal though. That’s why Paul said it’s better to seek the gift of prophecy than other lesser gifts. And the reason some gifts carry more authority is that they carry more service inherent in them.

    In other words, it is not a matter of equality, but a matter of the authority structure God has placed in the Church.

    And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. (1Co 12:28-31) ESV

  3. DJ

    Thanks for the reply… I will read it and think about it some more. Take care.

  4. OK. How’s your mom? Give me a call sometime.

  5. DJ

    I don’t think that God changes His mind necessarily, but I still think that God can call a man (in, through, and primarily by) the local church to pastor a church for 20 years and then have His purposes fulfilled through that man and then call him into something else. I don’t see any problem with this scripturally. So while Scripture doesn’t show an example of this happening, I don’t see where this is forbidden and I don’t see where it doesn’t show that this can never happen. Would it happen often? Probably not. But I don’t think we can be too dogmatic about something that scripture doesn’t address.

    I still fail to see that a calling to pastoral ministry is higher than any other calling – at least not in the sense of privilege or prestige. Authority and structure, yes… I agree with you that it is higher in that sense (and only within the church). But not in the sense that a pastor is to be viewed as a more special man (which I know you would agree) or in a more special calling than anyone else (even within the church). I think that the person called to take out the trash on Sunday night has a calling just as high as the man who feeds the Word of God to the sheep on Sunday morning. Are these callings to different roles? yes. Is there authority involved? Within the structure of the church, yes. But I don’t feel like the calling to one is higher than the other. That is why I bring up the priesthood of the believer. I believe that your core description of the POB is spot on, but I feel like the implications that it brings is far-reaching. I have heard it said (and I agree) that “no single church has been able to express in its worship, work, and witness the full richness of the doctrine” (of the POB). I think what John MacArthur said at T4G2 regarding the men there as the most important men anywhere (or something to that effect) attacks the heart of the POB. Is it a sacred calling? Yes. But so is being a father or a trash collector. Every calling and office is sacred (and in that sense equal – even though there are different roles) to those who are children of God, whether it is in the kingdom of God or of man.

    “When all believers become priests once again, we will see the end of full-time Christian ministry as a separate and superior calling.” Michael Horton – Putting Amazing Back Into Grace

    Hopefully I made sense of my thoughts. probably not though! 😉 BTW, Mom is doing better. Just trying to get her strength back. Thanks for praying for her!

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