by Todd Strandberg
Politics in the First Century
The politics of Rome during Jesus' day was simple and to the point. Whatever
Caesar said was law, that law was rubber stamped by the senate, and woe be
unto anyone who expressed a different opinion. All who dissented were killed
Pax Romana (Roman peace) prevailed everywhere Rome exerted its full
authority. The keepers of the historical record often laud that empire for
the peace that resulted from its imposing power. The historians conveniently
forget that it could be a hard and bitter "peace" for those whom Rome
occupied. It was "peace" enforced by the sharp, bloody edge of the Roman
But, as stated, the politics were simple: Pay your taxes, do what you are
told, and stay out of the way of Roman authority. By this means you could
live in Caesar's version of "peace."
You could live in peace, that is, unless you came into conflict with the
pious Jews who used the Law of Moses like a battering ram to get their own
way, and keep themselves in sub-authority just beneath the occupying Romans.
Jesus was railroaded to trial by the malicious use of just such religious
Today the "art" of politics hasn't changed much in terms of the goals its
humanistic wielders seek. While politics is, in theory, but a structure by
which to elect leaders for government that is supposed to make society
peaceful and orderly, it is more often than not a wicked instrumentality
with which to bludgeon anyone and everyone who might have differing
In short, the political process is the end-justifies-the-means way to
achieve power over others. And, as Lord Edward Acton quipped: "Power
corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Democracy Is a Balancing Act
One of the ironic things about tyranny is that it does not need to be
a nation falls into totalitarianism, it's no small task to regain liberty.
Brute force is the only qualification a despotic leader needs to rule over a
nation. He will remain in power until death or someone with a stronger army
removes him from power.
Democracy on the other hand, needs constant care. Because the beliefs and
values of the press, religions, and private citizens often conflict with
the policies of the governments that represent them, a system of checks and
balances is needed to maintain freedom.
Because the enemies of liberty are ever on the offensive, Christians don't
option of walking away from the political battlefield. Liberalism has
already gained an advantage by taking over the schools, the media, and many
Because believers are neglecting to become involved in politics, the enemy
continues to use the political process to manipulate and herd America into
ungodliness. Unopposed, that tyrannical power will ultimately enslave us.
The Lord Would Certainly Not Be a Democrat
There is one thing certain we can state, based upon the integrity of Bible
truth. Jesus would never endorse or be a member of any party whose platform
supports abortion, gay rights, and a general hostility to Bible-believing
Another thing can be confidently stated, based upon observations of current
facts about American politics. The Democrat Party would never have Jesus as
a member. Much of the basis for that observation is found in the issues
The Democrats' leadership consistently supports abortion--or, as they term it,
"the right to choose." They continue to support homosexual activists and their
"gay rights" causes, a debased, debauched lifestyle that God calls
abominable. Democrats defend pornography as art that comes under the
heading of "free speech."
This political party comes down on the side of liberal federal judges who
have ruled that God should be thrown out of the public places of America.
These judges --and the Democratic Party by supporting them--declare "The Ten
Commandments," "In God We Trust" on our currency, and "One nation, under
God" in the "Pledge of Allegiance" dangerous to our school children and our
This party champions taking ever-increasing tax money from the pockets of
those who work to give to those who won't work, even if they have
opportunity. Thus there has been created a dependent welfare class that
trillions of dollars of taxpayers' money since the implementation of "The
Great Society's War on Poverty" --instituted by a Democratic president and a
Congress-- has not been able to improve. Catering to a welfare class -and
that means people who refuse to make a genuine effort to work, even though
they are healthy--violates a basic precept of God's Word, the Bible.
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would
not work, neither should he eat" (2 Thess. 3:10).
The Democratic Party continues to be led by those who believe pacifism is the
easiest pathway to world peace. They constantly do all within their power to
support legislative action designed to disarm the military of the US and
the American public. Again, that woolly-minded leadership violates basic
biblical precepts. Jesus spoke about being vigilant and prepared to defend
one's home: "Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods,
except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house" (Matt.
Jesus would never be invited to be keynote speaker at the Democratic National
Convention, that's for sure!
Jesus Would Not Be a Republican
We can say with equal certainty that Jesus would not be a card-carrying
member of the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party may share many values
that can be traced back to the Bible, but it is still the GOP, not the GOD
party. Because the party is run by corrupt man, a perfect and Holy God would
never lend His credibility to that or any other earthly organization.
The Republican Party has been branded by the Democrats to be the "party of
greed." This label is not stamped without a degree of legitimacy. Man is a
greedy being in his fallen state. Politicians within both major parties use
the love of money to step on the backs of those they are supposed to serve. There are few innocent of power-grabbing for riches
within the American political process.
When it gets down to the bare facts, the only advantage the Republican Party
offers is that it is the lesser of two evils.
Even so, the Republican Party brings to the legislative table in America a
much safer, more sound course of governing, in our view. The GOP, for the
most part, opposes abortion, legitimizing homosexuality as equal to
heterosexual relationships, and huge programs that create and perpetuate
destructive, mammoth social programs (welfare in nature, based upon the
definition of welfare given above). That party is, by and large, in favor of a strong
national defense, national sovereignty, and keeping God's name at the heart
of our national character.
That said, humanism remains at the core of the GOP's, or any party's,
attempts to rule. This means that it, like its Democratic counterpart, is
fatally flawed. To be specific, sin reigns supreme within its ranks because
human beings, most wanting to see their star rise above all other stars, as
often as not throw character and integrity aside to achieve goals--usually
of a self-serving nature. Again, ends justify means in the political
The Duty To Vote Falls on Man
Jesus, when He walked the Earth in the flesh, didn't fall prey to Satan's
attempts to bribe Him with earthly power when the devil offered Him all of
the world's kingdoms.
"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth
him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto
him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship
me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" (Matt.
Jesus didn't correct the evil one by telling him that the kingdoms of this
world were not his to offer. That is because Satan indeed is allowed for the
present time to control, to a great extent, the political realm of this
The fact that the God of all creation would not even consider such an offer
of earthly power makes it more than certain that He would not lower himself
to participate in a humanistic election.
The answer to the question posed by the title of this article is, "No,
Jesus would not vote Republican." He would not vote, period!
Jesus would, however, offer very pointed advice on issues to those who do
participate in the election process. He would enunciate the godly principles
underlying the issues upon which the voters must decide. As a matter of
fact, He did just that.
Jesus is the Living Word of God (John 1: 1). God's love letter to mankind is
given through His blessed Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us God's
precise rules for conducting all areas of our life--including our
participation in the political process.
Human beings must, in the final analysis, vote upon the issues of life that
will determine how we will be served by human government. Departure from
wise, godly principles delineated in the Bible invites the sort of confused
and debased culture in which we are mired today. Such foolish decision-making ultimately brings foolish, even debased, perverted leadership, and
even devilish tyranny.
Majority Rules and That Includes Christians
The liberal media today demonstrably hate the idea of Christians
becoming actively involved in the political process. Bible-believing
ministers are usually portrayed as hateful zealots who are narrow-minded,
bigoted, and homophobic when they oppose the anti-God wrongs wrapped up in
those key issues described above. To express opposition--especially
organized opposition--to the "pro choice" or "gay rights" agendas is to
invite hate-filled fire from media, whether from news organizations or from
Hollywood and entertainment in general.
The humanists seem to think that Christianity is so naturally offensive it
needs to be excluded from areas of public life.
Homosexuals make up less than 5 percent of the population. Yet they are
immensely effective in their efforts to impose their minority view on the
rest of us. Although they are much greater in number, the same goes for those
who push the right to abort babies--most all such killings done for the sake
of convenience. The news media and entertainment industries consistently
and loudly beat the drums of support for these anti-God practices.
Even within a republican form of democratic government, such as America's,
majority input is supposed to serve as society's guiding principles. With 90
million claiming to be evangelical believers, those Christians have a
constitutional right and a moral responsibility to demand that Christian
values be reflected in American society.
Tragically, rather than exerting stronger influence on culture, evangelical
Christianity seems to be losing the battle in producing godly results within
the American political process. This is due primarily to many federal judges
nation being allowed to legislate from the benches of the courts they have
given over to the humanists.
Thankfully, one day, when Christ reigns and rules on earth, the humanistic
form of governance will be a long-past memory.
Vote Republican and Vote Often
When it comes to Christians determining whom will get their vote, many base their decision on the candidate who offers them the
greater financial reward. It doesn't matter if a Democrat has a poor record
on moral issues. Many believers apparently think nothing of putting their
pocket book ahead of their faith.
All disciples of Christ need to realize that some political issues should
priority over all other concerns. If a white supremacist group formed a
national political party, it would be foolhardy for people to
support that party based upon the fact they like the white supremacists'
It was this type of narrow-minded thinking that got Adolf Hitler elected to
office. Most citizens of Germany knew full well that the Nazis were
brutalizing the Jews, but those citizens were mesmerized by utopian
Hitler and his henchman were preaching.
Because we all will have to give an account of our lives, it is very important
realize the choices we make in the privacy of a voting booth will someday
need to be defended before the open throne of God.
All end-time minded Christians should know that at some point
freedom and liberty will be surrendered to a global government.
The Bible tells us the God of this world is the devil. The influence of
Satan is the reason 90 percent of the press and Hollywood elite are
who vote exclusively for the Democratic Party. The one-minded eagerness of the
to influence the electoral process should act as a warning sign to the
base of this nation.
You can be a perfectionist and find a hundred things wrong with the
It is serious error to try compare a floundering friend to a deadly enemy.
Human government never will be able to solve the world's problems. There
never will be true peace until the Prince of Peace establishes His Millennial
Kingdom. That understood, until the Lord Jesus comes for His Church in the
rapture -- presuming both major political parties in America continue to
their present party lines -- it is the view of Rapture Ready that
Republican values are America's best political option.