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Election Time: Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Have you decided who gets your vote this November? Or if you will vote at all?

Who gets your vote in this election is really none of my business. But at the same time, I'd invite you to pause a moment in your rush to elect a new president — pause just long enough to ask who Jesus would vote for.

If Jesus would go with you to the polling station, who would get His vote? Would He vote Republican or Democrat… or Libertarian, perhaps? Would He vote for pro-abortionists or war hawks? Would experience convince Him, or charisma charm Him?

Or would Jesus stay home on election day?

When Jesus lived in Israel two thousand years ago, He lived in one of the most divisive political scenes imaginable. Not only was Israel under foreign Roman domination, the Jewish people themselves were completely divided how to respond to external political pressure and religious differences within.

Yet Jesus had virtually nothing to say to the politics of the day. While competing parties fought to push Him to take a clear position on Israel's political (and religious) divisions, Jesus disappointed them. He made no endorsements and released no political statements.

Was Jesus simply undecided? Or was there something more fundamental at stake? Not only did Jesus resist taking political positions, he resisted political office as well. In one wildly popular moment, the crowds were on the verge of forcing the crown on Jesus' head. (That's "popular election" if there ever is one!) What did Jesus do? He fled the scene, instead saving His brow for the moment when the crown of thorns would be placed on Him at His crucifixion.

Jesus was a King in His own right, but an otherworldly one. He told Pilate that "My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight." Judging by His words, action and spirit when He lived among us, it only seems fair that he would teach us the same about voting.

But don't take my word for it. Think about Christ's life, His indifference to the politics and intrigues of His day, and the nature of His teaching.

Pray that Jesus would show you who He would vote for, or whether He would vote at all. Search the New Testament for what He taught about "civic responsibility" or "moral, political responsibility" and think about what a Christian's true responsibility is on voting day.

In light of that, if Jesus whispers to your heart to stay at home this election, then I beg you to listen to Him.

—Arlin Weaver

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