Is the Bible a voting guide?

October 25, 2020

A question I get pretty often, especially during the election cycle, is "should the Bible be used as a voting guide?" Or more often it's just "how can I use the Bible as a voting guide?"

And the answer to that question is an important one, because we as Christians want to know, how do we live within a political world? How do we vote inside of that political world? And what's the right way for Christians to go about doing it? And so we often ask that of Scripture.

These are difficult questions to answer because we have to think about this reality: most scripture was written over 2000 years ago. The writers of the letters, history, and theological discussions in scripture were not thinking that 2000 years later, Christians would look towards their writings and ask a question about voting. They wouldn't have understood or even known, a form of government where voting was possible.

The writers of the letters, history, and theological discussions in scripture were not thinking that 2000 years later, Christians would look towards their writings and ask a question about voting.

So should the Bible be used as a voting guide?

Yes and No.

It's not a voting guide in the sense that scripture isn't going to somehow magically tell us who to vote for in an election cycle. It's not going to tell us whether we vote for Republicans or Democrats. It's not going to tell us to vote for one candidate or the other. If we ask scripture, "should I vote for [put candidate name here]?" The answer is always going to be nothing because scripture isn't answering that kind of question.

So we can't go to the Bible as a voting guide to help us recognize which candidate is the one that all Christians should vote for.

Rather, scripture helps us understand who we are as people within a political world and how we should engage with the world around us. So in some sense, scripture can help us when we go to the voting booth, but it's not a direct connection, it's not a "scripture tells me to vote for x, y, and z" kind of thing.

Our Challenge For You

Over the 5 days leading up to election day we are challenging you to take time to read scriptures that are going to help you process how to exist within a political world and reflect on what that means for us as Christians. We created a 5 day Bible reading plan to walk you through a few topics to keep in mind this week. We're not going to be talking about who to vote for or who not to vote for. We're going to talk about five different "buckets" in scripture to help you ask the right questions as you prepare to vote on November 3rd.

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