This morning, John Piper published an excellent Taste and See article at Desiring God entitled, “Let Christians Vote As Though They Were Not Voting”. It is based on Paul’s exhortations in 1 Cor. 7:29-31 (ESV), to “deal with the world as though [we] had no dealings with it.” Each of the areas Paul addresses, Piper takes and applies to voting. It’s a remarkable specimen of exposition and application.
So it is with voting. There are joys. The very act of voting is a joyful statement that we are not under a tyrant. And there may be happy victories. But the best government we get is a foreshadowing. Peace and justice are approximated now. They will be perfect when Christ comes. So our joy is modest. Our triumphs are short-lived—and shot through with imperfection. So we vote as though not voting.