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In my country we recently had elections and some poeple were of the opinion that we should others think that we should not. What are your opinions based on the bible and E.G. White writtings?

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One of the greatest questions facing the church is the issue of political involvement. How do people in the world but "not of the world" (John 17:14) relate to the political challenges presented by the world? History is replete with examples of churches that have kept silent during times of great moral and political crises; history, however, also bears a sad witness to what happens when churches take upon themselves political prerogatives that place them decidedly upon the side of evil.

Many Christians believe we should give up on the world. The world is so evil, so confused, and so estranged from God's original purpose that there is no hope of turning the situation around. Plus, the more we are involved with the world, the greater the chances we will become even more contaminated by it than we already are. Withdrawal is the only option for those who want to remain faithful to the Lord. This argument may sound plausible, but is it biblical?

Christians must do all they can to make a difference in society. They are called to give a more pleasant taste to the world around them and to provide spiritual light. As someone once said: "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness!"

In early Adventism, the question was often asked whether it would be right for an Adventist Christian to go to the ballot box. Today, most Seventh-day Adventists do recognize that it is their privilege to cast their vote in democratic elections and referendums in an attempt to help promote an agenda that is closest to upholding kingdom values. How we do this, of course, isn't always easy; much depends not only upon our political and social environment, which can vary greatly from country to country, but also on what individual members believe regarding which agenda best upholds kingdom values. Because these questions can be so fraught with many potential hazards, as believers we should always proceed with sanctified caution when it comes to dealing with social and political issues.

In God's Grace...Tonton..;-)
As for my opinion it’s okay to exercise our political rights by voting, (or even be a politician!)

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” Matt. 22:21. Jesus recognized the duty of His followers to reverence and obey God, and also to respect their civil obligations.

Two extremes must be avoided---- first, the extreme of renouncing secular society. If we withdraw from the world and break off communication with our fellow men, we can never be leaven to bring blessing to the world.

On the other hand, we must not be controlled by the viewpoint of secular society. We cannot influence the worldling by becoming a worldling. When we becomes “of the world” and loses our distinctiveness, we betrayed our Lord.


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