Letters (Oct 19, 2016)

Not voting for either candidate

Are you finally tired of being asked, “Who are you going to vote for?” Me, too. But my answer is so shocking because, No. 1, I am not going to vote for either presidential candidate, and No. 2, I already have a king and am subject to him.

Even Christians are shocked by my answer. I hear, “But Mr. Minister over here on TV, radio, Internet says we must vote to elect God-fearing men and women.” My response is neither of our presidential candidates fill the bill in fearing God and obeying his basic laws such as Command­ments 7, 9 and 10, not to mention the other seven.

My king answered Pon­tius Pilate’s question, “Are you a king, then?” by saying, “You say rightly that I am a king, for this cause I have come into the world, but my kingdom is not of this world, and if it were, then would my servants fight. But now my kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36-37).

So, I don’t have to fight and wrangle and argue over which candidate to vote for because a prophet named Daniel told us, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he wills” (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32). I might add he doesn’t consult me first.

We are told in the New Testament to submit to government, pray for leaders and those in authority, confront authorities and pay taxes, but we are never told to become the government or overthrow an evil government. Why? Because our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for our king to return and rule.

We have been given a commission to accomplish, and that is clearly spelled out. Who, or what spirit, has so stirred up all this election craze we’ve been inundated with for over a year now? What is going on? The world is in great turmoil. Who is going to save it? Your president or my king? Think about it. I’ve made my decision.

Linda K. Eden

Peabody