Christian Anarchy and Voting- A Recap
A lot of people have been asking me lately about my stance on voting and Christians serving in government offices. Since I have already written a good bit about my particular understanding of the Christian responsibility in political engagement I thought I would just compile all of those posts here so I can direct people to one place.
I thought I would start with this powerful song by Derek Webb.
Mark Van Steenwyk also offers his ten reasons for not voting at Jesus Radicals.
In this piece Chris Smith writes about incarnational theology and non-voting.
Early American church leader, David Lipscomb wrote a great book on the topic of Christians and government. Here is an excerpt on voting. Historian Mcgarvey Ice briefly examines Lipscomb’s nonvoting stance.
Joshua Jeffery follows Lipscomb and talks about the choice not to vote.
Alasdair MacIntyre says in this piece, “The way to vote against the system is not to vote.”
I wrote a fairly popular series of posts a while back entitled Would Jesus Vote? The basic idea was to chronicle some of the reasons I believe Christians should be wary of participating in the government on any level. So here they are: One, Two, Three and Four.
One of my ethics classes required that I write a paper about Christians and political engagement. It was one of my favorite papers of my scholastic career so I thought I would share it with you here.
The term Christian Anarchy understandably makes a lot of people uncomfortable so I have this post trying to help people have a better understanding of the phrase. After all, as Tolstoy said, “The Kingdom of God is anarchy.”
For those of you who arent quite convinced, then at least consider this post before you vote.
I also have several posts that more indirectly get at the issues around the Christian Anarchy stance including this one on True Freedom which lists some of the most important basic understandings of being a part of God’s Kingdom. In a similar vein, this post attempts to demonstrate the radical differences between God’s Kingdom and the nations of this world.
Finally, there are some other issues such as war, abortion, immigration and poverty that play an important part in this discussion so I offer this post of some resources about these issues and this post specifically about war.
My request is that you prayerfully consider these ideas and search out God’s will in your life and in the world, and above all, declare with your life and words that Jesus is King!Explore posts in the same categories: America, bible, Christianity, church, democrats, faith, Freedom, God, government, Grace, history, Jesus, justice, life, love, martyrdom, mercy, nationalism, pacifism, patriotism, politics, prayer, Religion, republicans, Scripture, war comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.