To Vote or Not to Vote…That is the Question

We are just a few days away from a monumental election that could possibly produce the most polarizing president in American history. The political platforms that both candidates stand upon are drawing concern from both the secular and the Christian world. Fortunately for Seventh-day Adventists, we have a prophetic lens through which to view these events with watchfulness, much prayer and peace of mind. In Matthew 24, Christ is warning the disciples and the inhabiters of the end-time world of the events that will be prominent just prior to His second coming. In verse 6, Jesus comforts us with these words, “…see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

There is much debate as to whether or not Seventh-day Adventists should even be playing a part in the political process. I’ve heard it said that Adventist are allowed to vote because Ellen White stated that we can vote on temperance issues. Some stand behind the position that voting is permissible especially because their predecessors have spilled blood for this inherit right. Many just plain believe that it is our civic duty vote.

In the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, there is a weight of evidence of answers to the voting question available to those who profess to possess the holy oracles of God. With a responsible search of the inspired text of the Lord’s prophets, we are not left in the dark on this issue. I admonish each and every one of you to be careful of taking positions based on single statements. “…[N]o prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 2 Peter 1:20. “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:9-10.

Let us now examine carefully and prayerfully our position on the political question. Let us lay aside any humanly inspired prejudices that may prevent truth from reaching the heart. As you watch the accompanying video, may the Spirit of God teach us His way and lead us into all Truth.

“It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything.” The Great Controversy, p. 598.

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In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light - bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import, - the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. Evangelism, p. 119

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