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Which Bible advocates voting?

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The decision to vote or not to vote is, quite rightly, an individual choice. Freedom of choice dates back to the Garden of Eden when God allowed Adam and Eve to choose whom they wanted to serve. History shows they made a bad choice.

In the lead-up to the February 25 general election, we have many religious leaders advising persons for whom to vote.

Dr Michael Harvey, an Adventist pastor, started a firestorm when he endorsed Portia Simpson Miller and the PNP from the podium. Now, in Thursday's Gleaner, we have the Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, Dr Charles H. Dufour; Burchell McPherson, the Bishop of Montego Bay; and Dr Neil Tiedemann, the Bishop of Mandeville, coming together to encourage all Christians to vote.

I'd like to ask all four gentlemen, what is the Bible's view?

Did Jesus support any government while he was on Earth? (John 18:36)

What about the early Christians? (John 15:19)

What was their relationship to the government(s) of their day? (Acts 5:29)

What does the Bible say about governments/political leaders? (Dan 2:44 & Rev 16:13,14)

Here's how the Catholic Bible (Rev 16:13-16) reads:

Apocalypse 16:13-14, Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision ...

13 And I saw from the mouth of the dragon, and from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are the spirits of devils working signs, and they go forth unto the kings of the whole earth, to gather them to battle against the great day of the Almighty God.


My penultimate question is:

If the Catholic translation of the Bible says that the spirits of devils lead the kings or leaders of the whole world, should the leaders of the Catholic Church (or the Adventist Church) be encouraging Christians to vote?

And my final question:

Isn't Andrew Holness an Adventist? I saw many letters from prominent Adventists prior to the last election claiming that Andrew was anointed by God. The Adventist Church claims to be the only true church by virtue of keeping the "true Sabbath", but many of its leaders do not see their church brother as fit to lead. Is the church divided against itself? (Matt 12:25)

I look forward to hearing their answers.