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Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Who Would Jesus Vote For?
Written by Sarah Jean

Try as we might, we can’t seem to hide from this year’s Presidential election. I work in politics so I can hide even less but besides that it’s taking up our Facebook feed, Twitter feed, and many conversations at home and at work. But that isn’t new for an election year.

What is new is the general feeling about the whole thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen or heard “How did we end up with these two people as our candidates?” While you may be fiercely loyal to Clinton or Trump it seems a good number of people are also conflicted because of the candidate’s less-than-shining reputations. I know many people who say they just aren’t going to vote at all. While the thought may have crossed my mind I quickly remembered all the people around the world who are not given the right to vote for their nation’s leaders, and it’s a responsibility I will not take lightly.

However, I’m still left wondering how to both exercise my right to vote, and also make the best decision. It reminds me of those times I used to wear WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) bracelets religiously in middle school and wondering the same for this year’s election. Would would Jesus do? Who would Jesus vote for?

During Jesus’ life politics were far simpler. Worse for sure, but simpler. Caesar made the laws. The people obeyed the laws. Nowadays we have so many more options.  We’re given options on how we will allow government to affect everything from our wallets to our bedrooms.

We’re also given options to really think about how our faith affects government and our morals affect laws.

While I believe a majority of Christians align themselves with the Republican party, they also tend to believe that if Jesus were still on the earth today, he’d be a Republican too. I happen to be a Conservative Christian and mostly because yes, I think what I learn in the Bible lines up with the Republican platform more. That and I don’t like paying taxes.

Since God talks about forming us in the womb and that all life is precious, I believe strongly in the pro-life movement and protecting the unborn. I believe He created marriage between Adam and Eve and therefore between a man and a woman. I also believe the Bible teaches about being responsible and working for your bread.

However, I also believe a lot of Democratic policies come from a compassionate heart that the Republican party either lacks or fails to show.  A heart for the poor, the downtrodden, the minority, the single parent, the woman who had an abortion. I know Jesus loved them all too and teaches us to love them in ways we often fail to.

While Christians on both the right and left may like to think Jesus would choose their political party, the truth probably lies somewhere more in the middle. Jesus had a heart for the downtrodden but he also taught about personal responsibility. He admonished people to give all their money to the poor but while also saying that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. He also believed all lives mattered – from an unborn child to an African American male targeted by police.

Quite frankly, it sounds like Jesus might not have fit in with either political party, or Presidential candidate for that matter. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar and God what is God’s” was his response to the chief priests who asked such an earthly question as to whether they had to pay taxes or not.  To me Jesus’ response says, “My mind is on more important matters.”

In Romans 13 Paul says,”Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

The Bible teaches us that we are to respect authority and our political leaders because they are put in place by God.  We are to obey rules, we are to follow the laws. We are even to pray for our leaders – whether we like them or not!

But as for Jesus, he didn’t seem to want any part of the political world Himself.

In fact, after Jesus performed miracles crowds would go after him and try to make him King. Can you imagine a person who didn’t seek office being sought after by the whole country to be our President? And he or she not wanting it? Personally, that is the kind of leader I want.

“Jesus, knowing they were about to come and seize him to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain all alone.” John 6:15

His kingdom was not here; His Kingdom was in heaven. Apart from respecting authority, giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s and following laws, Jesus had way more important things to think about. His gaze was constantly forward and upward.

So how would Jesus vote? Making an educated guess, I’m not sure Jesus would have voted at all – regardless of the candidates. But as I go to the ballot box I am going to draw closer to the words in Matthew that state “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all this shall be added to you.” As I seek the kingdom first I will also seek to vote for the candidate that best aligns with my values and morals, while also knowing that my hope is in Christ and not whoever is elected the next President.

About the author

Sarah Jean

Sarah is a Buffalo transplant living in Washington, D.C. with her husband Josh and cat Squeakers. By day she work as a Communications Director for a Member of Congress; by night she dreams of being Martha Stewart. She also loves pigs, peonies, politics and peanut butter. Follow her at http://prettysimpleideas.com/

22 Comments

  • What a beautiful piece Sarah. I think it’s very difficult today to find a political leader that really cares more about his or her people than a title. Wishing you luck for the upcoming elections.

  • The Bible tells us we should obey authority, but whose authority? First, our own internal Voice from our Creator. Jesus was a pretty radical guy for his time – I bet he’d tell us to think outside the 2-party box and vote in a way that aligns with that Voice.

  • One believe in life another one doesn’t. Don’t believe the hype republican party doesn’t support women, minority or the down trodden. By the way I am neither a democrat or republican.

  • Let me help you with the part you are struggling with as far as democrats having a heart fro the downtrodden. Jesus did ask anyone to give possesions to the gov’t for them to distribute as they see fit. Voting for the people who earned their money to keep as much of it as possible is not lacking compassion as long as you are compassionate and giving with your own money. Compassion using other people’s money is false charity. All the warm fuzzies, none of the personal sacrifice.

  • Well said! I agree with you that one of the many things to consider when voting is to ensure the candidate’s values align with your own.

  • Great post Sarah! I love how you said you put your hope in Christ, instead of a President … I think that’s why some people lose hope when they look at those in government today. They can’t be our all in all. Only Christ can!

  • I almost did not read this post, because I am tired of all the political debates. However, I really love your view point, so I am glad I clicked anyways! I agree with your points and believe it is all in God’s hands. I pray that the right person will be elected for the job and that possibly our government will finally be able to work together as one.

  • I couldn’t help but read this post. I’ll be the first to say I’m not a “political” person. Even when we have great candidates I’m so sick of the way politicians treat each other I can barely stomach debates. However- this has been an especially tough year because I have very strong opinions AGAINST both parties. Many in my own church would say that it’s my
    “Christian duty” to support the Republican Party but I have to admit I often believe Jesus wouldn’t be a republican. I’m not saying he would be a Democrat but considering the “greatest of these is LOVE” I think he would see great good in the more open minded, compassionate party. I’m so thankful I’m not the only Christian struggling with this decision.

  • As I’m sure many people are feeling conflicted about the election, just like I am, this is a great perspective to think about. It makes me think differently, and I needed that!

  • Hi Sarah,
    Some excellent points here. This is the most controversial election in my lifetime for sure! There are so many misconceptions on both sides. There is so much ugliness on both sides, too. I really wonder how many people actually take the time to do thorough research on all matters of each party. What I have experienced is about 75%+ of the people in my day-to-day world having strong opinions one way or another, but then cannot tell you about any of the current events or issues at hand. Many may know about social justice issues, but have absolutely no knowledge of financial or economic matters, etc. And in today’s world of information at our fingertips, we have to be careful we read and watch information that is equally represented from all sides. If we only watch one news channel, we may be mislead by our media. Most of the media is owned and run by predominantly liberal minded people. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a portion of truth in their broadcasts, but we have to balance it by listening to other networks as well. Sometimes even my own children will come up with an article online that will shock me, only to investigate and find out it is a spoof or tabloid type publication. We just need to be aware of who is behind what we are learning from! It’s a new dimension to our world today! Anyway 🙂 … I absolutely love this post, Sarah! I pray it resonates with many and gives them cause to investigate further! Thanks so much for sharing hope at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  • The great thing about this worse than awful political season is this: for those of us Christ-followers to put our trust where is belongs: in God, alone. When things are going my way, I get lazy about that bottom line issue. AND when things are confusing or difficult, we are forced to lean in harder and listen to His voice. Nothing bad about that result to a bad election year. Visiting from Lori’s momentsofhope.

  • I love that you didn’t say who to vote for in this post. I am growing weary of Christians blindly supporting a person because they tell a few lies those people want to hear. God is Sovereign and He has a plan. That’s what I know. 🙂

  • Sarah, thank you for sharing this! I agree that both parties have portions of their agendas that align with Christ’s teachings. It is so comforting to know that God is still sovereign no matter what happens with the election.