Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: Should consecrated Christians vote in secular elections?
Answer: Citizens who possess the right to vote should recognize it as a solemn privilege, one
that should be used responsibly and seriously.
Those who have consecrated their lives to God and to the performing of His will, have as
citizens, the privilege of voting in secular elections as one of their human privileges. Hence we
should use it or leave it unused in harmony with the Lord’s will, as the interests of His cause or
duty require. If ever the interests of God’s cause or a consecrated person’s duty to his family or
others call upon him to exercise his earthly privilege of voting, he should vote, otherwise he
should refrain from voting. It is a matter for each one to decide for himself before the Lord.
That a consecrated Christian could properly use his citizenship rights to protect his stewardship
in the Lord’s service may be seen in the example of St. Paul. When Festus, who sought to please
the Jews, made a proposal that would have resulted in St. Paul’s death and thus the stopping of
his ministry, St. Paul made use of one of his earthly rights – his Roman citizenship – in an appeal
to Caesar, to prevent the suppression of his ministry (Acts 25: 9-12). On other occasions, he also
made use of his rights of Roman citizenship to prevent injury to his further ministering to the
Lord’s cause (Acts 16: 22, 35-39) (Acts 22: 24-29). There are times when consecrated parents
should vote in school elections in the interest of their children; and other times when one should
vote in national elections to retain their current employment which is needed for the support of
But as consecrated Christians, let us bear in mind that we are like aliens and strangers in this
present evil order of things, that our heart’s desire is in our citizenship in God’s coming
Kingdom. The Apostle Paul said, “Be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12: 2), that is, do
not become entangled with the things of this world. Again, he said, “This one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are
before” (Philippians 3: 13) – a position in God’s Kingdom. Jesus said, “Ye are not of the
world” (John 15: 19); and again, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18: 36), meaning this
present evil order of things.
We conclude, therefore, that the chief duty of the Christian is to avoid entangling alliance with
worldly systems, and to devote himself to preparing for God’s Kingdom. All good citizens
should desire righteous people in office, but a righteous government cannot be established by
imperfect men and women, hence the hope of the Christian is in the Bible teaching that Christ
Jesus will, in God’s due time, set up His Kingdom, and establish righteousness in the earth.