This sermon from John Piper was recently preached at Bethelhem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. In this sermon, Piper talked about how he was voting in this election as he was addressing the implications for Christians in institutions. The following is a transcript from that sermon:
The right to vote, therefore, in America is not a binding duty (without regard to other factors) for Christians in every election.
The children are free. We are free from human institutions. As citizens of heaven, we are not bound in every situation to participate in the processes of human government. This is not our homeland. We vote — if we vote — because the Lord of our homeland commissions us to vote. And he does not absolutize this act above all other considerations of Christian witness.
In this election, with the flagrant wickedness of both party candidates, the logic that moves from “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution” (1 Peter 2:13) to the necessity — the binding duty — of voting, has lost sight of three things:
1.the radical meaning of the words, “for the Lord’s sake,” and how it relativizes all human authority and how it brings to bear many other considerations;
2.the radical freedom of the children of God from the inherent authority of human institutions like governement; and
3.the aim of every citizen of heaven in all human engagements to display our allegiance to the values of another world.
I am not saying we are bound not to vote. I am saying that the children of God are free to hear the voice of their Master about how to best witness to his supremacy. I will vote. But I have no intention of voting for either of these presidential candidates.
With the 2016 presidential election here, this is a timely message.