Does the Bible Call Christians to Vote?

by Dale Partridge

As Christians, our duty is to Christ alone. But as humans living in a civil government what is our responsibility to participate? In other words, does the Bible permit Christians to be passive in our civic duties or does it call us to engage?

Sadly, many Christians have elevated their American identity above their spiritual identity. That is, we have believers who, whether they intend to or not, present themselves as patriots first and Christians second. Where does Christ expect us to stand in these politically charged times? How can we find the balance between the Kingdom of God and our life here on earth? In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge examines several biblical principles in an effort to present helpful answers to these important questions.

This Episode’s Question

“Hey Dale, I live in Southern California and the politics down here under our Governor are getting increasingly hostile toward Christians. In addition, the presidential election is around the corner. As a Christian, you think it would be easy to answer this question, who I should vote for but unfortunately, I’m so frustrated with the character of both men, I’m considering opting out. Is this right?”

Brad -Riverside, California

Additional Resources

Scripture References

  • James 4:17

    “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

  • Acts 24:16

    “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.”

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