Sermon on elections, politics, government

Church and State are separate

Faith has nothing to do with politics

God decides who will be a King

Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.” (Mathew 4:8)

This phrase seems even funny to me. Obvious, if son of God would worship Satan, then Satan would gain power to give him all the kingdoms of the world. But it did not happen, so you should not think that this world belongs to Satan that much. Strength of Satan is, when people do not read or listen to the Bible and do not know what God wants us to do and not to do.

Many of us, who read Bible, participate in worldly affairs. One of these affairs is government elections. Does Bible concern it? Yes, Bible was written to give us advice for almost every situation in everyday life. Question is, if you can question Bible? Almost all of us can type a query in google and get some answer. It does not really work with Bible that way. In order to get answers in Bible, you must set up questions in your mind, keep them in your mind and then…

… read Bible in context of these question. If your mind is not intoxicated with intensive agriculture food, alcohol, meat or not altered any other way, it will give the best answers. If you are still comfortable to eat meat, that usually means also a bit of alcohol, you should observe fasting and read Bible while you fast.

So, how to choose a politician to vote for?

Back then were times of war and it was easy. The one who slays the most of your enemies should be your king. I can’t quote the whole book of Samuel, where King David slayed Goliath – one of the last remnants of the before flood giant race. Nation so much liked the fact, that they made songs for David and made fun of existing King. It is similar to modern day elections. Actual king got jealous and was chasing David many years until he died and nation could chose David as their king.

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’” When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. (2 Samuel 5:1-3 New international version)

Here we see, that it matters if your politician is of your “flesh and blood”, that is, relativity. It also matters, what God thinks. Back then were prophets, who new and spoke it to the public. Nowadays it is difficult with prophets. So I guess you have to find yourself a prophet before you find a politician. I can’t find one. So let the Bible and your own heart be a prophet, so the person you vote for must be somebody you know not from newspapers but from your own life and this person has to be successful at protection of people, environment, animals, and it must respect churches and religious people and respect God and God’s law

Still, there is more about what God thinks about who should a King:

But the Lord spoke his word to me, ‘David, you have killed many people. You have fought many wars. You cannot build a temple for worship to me, because you have killed many people. But, you will have a son, a man of peace and rest. I will give him rest from all his enemies around him. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will give Israel peace and quiet while he is king. 10 Solomon will build a temple for worship to me. He will be my son, and I will be his father. I will make his kingdom strong; someone from his family will rule Israel forever.’ (1 Chronicles 22:8)

Here we see that God prefers kings of peace rather than kings of War. Let us vote for someone who’s actions are not followed by deaths of people.

There is also an example in the Bible, when actions of the government are angering God and God’s punishment is directed towards population instead of governor:

10 But after this David felt terrible that he had counted the people. David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, please take away the guilt of your servant because I have done something very foolish.” 11 When David got up the next morning, the Lord’s word came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer: 12 Go and tell David, This is what the Lord says: I’m offering you three punishments. Choose one of them, and that is what I will do to you. 13 So Gad went to David and said to him, “Will three[e] years of famine come on your land? Or will you run from your enemies for three months while they chase you? Or will there be three days of plague in your land? Decide now what answer I should take back to the one who sent me.” 14 “I’m in deep trouble,” David said to Gad. “Let’s fall into the Lord’s hands because his mercy is great, but don’t let me fall into human hands.” 15 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that very morning until the allotted time. Seventy thousand people died, from Dan to Beer-sheba. (2 Samuel 24:10-15)

I am not sure counting population is a sin, but the reason, why, probably is. That means that population should not vote for someone proud. Interesting, that king David can choose if he is punished or the population is punished. The great king David chose population and stayed well! Here is what we see –population pays for the sins of government, government will stay well!

So you really have to be careful when you vote. Maybe it is better not to participate in elections if you have nobody to vote for. Better not to vote rather than vote and take responsibility in front of God for the people you don’t even know. At the same time you should seek for a politician, maybe a future king, in your congregation, neighbor and other congregations or maybe in the wilderness among the sheep and the lion. I am not sure about proud rich traders or celebrities. Even if such people were kings in past and present, it only depended on people and the fact, how much they pray and really mean this phrase:

“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mathew 6:10)

And when you find a person, who wants to do Gods will on earth, as it is in heaven, encourage, support and vote.

 Summary: there are no more prophets, so you have to search and get to know your politician personally, so that this person could write down your interests and proven to meet following criteria: likes Churches and Bible, Church people and Bible people (those, who don’t attend church for some reason, but created a church in their hearts by reading Bible), not a violence person (during time of peace), not proud, does not own much stuff, likes to help and rescue, ready to come and help you to clean your house from dust or do some works in your garden, is not any kind of rich trader including show business participants, is of your own nation (be sure you know who you really are, nowadays everyone is very mixed), that is, has most common with you, same way of thinking. You can search in google, put some ads online or in the press, travel and meet people in person, some priests would suggest to pray, I suggest to do your best and not to vote until you have found your own politician. It is just like having your personal doctor or hairdresser. You are not alright until you find the right one.

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them. (Acts 6:3)

Prayer

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name, help us choose leaders from among your followers that would bring in your kingdom and do your will on earth as it’s done on heaven, help them give us bread and protection we need for today, forgive us if we choose leaders who do not respect you just us we also forgive the others that vote wrong, and don’t lead us into temptation to vote for warriors and traders, but rescue us from evil one.

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About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.
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