How Should a Christian Vote on 8 November 2016?



By Bob Williams - Posted at the Christian Observer:

Bob Williams is the Managing Editor of the Christian Observer, and a minister and teaching elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church – Hanover Presbytery


In less than one month as this article is being written, if God wills (D.V.), the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be held. The two major parties have nominated in the case of the Democrats, a serial criminal, committer of treason, and enabler of her sexual predator husband and former U.S. president. The Republicans have nominated a boorish, arrogant, New York City thug businessman who is continually having to react to and defend pornographic, vulgar, bullying, and misogynistic utterances caught on videotape during his campaign and over at least the past decade. Facebook, Twitter, the blogosphere, and the Internet in general have various and vociferously-argued theories about how a Christian should vote on 8 November. It seems though, that the Word of God, appropriately-exegeted or even considered, is the aspect most lacking in these writings. This article will examine several relevant Scripture texts that, D.V., will, as “either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture” (WCF Chapter I, Section VI) help the Christian answer the question: “How Should a Christian Vote on 8 November 2016?”

Romans 13:1, 4 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
Acts 4:18-20 “Then they [the Sanhedrin] called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
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