Monday, May 13, 2013

The Reason Why I Never Vote During Elections

It's national elections once again and all precinct here in Manila are jam packed with people who wanted to cast their votes for different seats on the government.

As for me, it's all good right here at home! Why? Because I never bother wasting my time voting for any candidates for any elections period. Do you want to know why I don't vote? 

Well, first off, I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and we don't vote. You are probably well aware of this fact already through some witnesses that you happen to know. But do you really want to know the real reason why we don't vote?

Okay for your curiosity's sake, I'll explain to you and I'll try to be as detailed as possible. Of course, I will give you some bible contexts why elections are not for real Christians.

Reasons for not Voting - Bible Principles

While most of you would foresee my disposition as unusual or religiously restrictive, many of you would probably agree that you have no or little idea about the true relationship between associating yourself with elections and bible principles.

While we witnesses respect the rights and will of others to vote in time of elections, we as followers of Christ are always in neutral position in any political activities or government festivities, such as elections.

We don't promote anyone nor we are against to anyone who are running for a seat in the government. In fact, we are bound through bible teachings to be loyal and ready to help to anyone that will be elected after the election period.

As a true Christian, one should follow what was written in John 15:19 that says "If ​YOU​ were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because ​YOU​ are no part of the world, but I have chosen ​YOU​ out of the world, on this account the world hates ​YOU.". Jesus is trying to remind us that we should not associate ourselves to various activities of the world and election is one worldly activity that Jesus is pointing out. 

So if you believe in Christ, you should follow strictly what he said on that verse, that we should not be a part of the world. You might insist that you have other explanation for that particular verse but there are none. The verse does have one straight, direct to the point meaning so understanding it should never give you any doubt. You may look at it on your own bible copy. 

We are also given a warning in 1 Timothy 5:22 that says "Never lay your hands hastily upon any man; neither be a sharer in the sins of others; preserve yourself chaste.". This is a bible principle that is critical and must be followed. As you can see, we should not elect people that are imperfect, prone in committing sins. As you know, politicians are corrupt and untrustworthy. That verse tells us that if you vote during elections, you are bound responsible for any misconducts or wrongdoings of that person once he assumes work in office. Obviously, none of today's candidates deserves our vote because all of them are imperfect and prone to sins. 

So does it mean that we are not fully dependent on elected officials? Not at all, because apostle Paul said in Rome 13:1 "Let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God.". So true Christians subject themselves to higher authorities in the government because God put them in their relative positions. Witnesses follow this principle in tight accordance because we respect any officials in the government. However, this system will not last long once the kingdom of God takes over of every man-made kingdoms here on earth.

Since all of Jehovah's Witnesses stand in one organized system and one faith which is based on the bible, we are all bound by love through Christ's teachings (1 Corinthians 1:10 / Colossians 3:14). So these bible principles are laws that should be followed. If you call yourself a Christian, you should think about these verses and have a self-study immediately.

Conclusion

These are the reasons why I don't vote during elections. I hope you learned something here about Jehovah's Witnesses and our stand with regards to voting. 

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