Although this has nothing really to do with the politics, by that I mean how the US or any other government of the world is ran. Go vote for your earthly government. In the USA many have died to give us that privilege. It has to do with voting and it's mentality in the church only. Using the natural process as an example.
During the voting process you qualify or disqualify a person according to your own personal beliefs or you may use documents, history etc as foundations. When it comes to God, voting is not His way of choosing for His people in His kingdom, the church.
God has chosen people throughout all time for different tasks. Some of the first noted was Noah and Abraham. He has shown who He accepts and rejects from Cain and Able down to today and His coming back.
Looking at the story of Moses, God used a burning bush to get his attention and then let him know that he was to lead the people out for God. Even though Moses was told of a deliverer and perhaps had thought at one time, he could be it. It wasn't until God called him out did he become it. When Korah came against Moses, saying that they too were like him. God let them know that only His called will stand.
[Num 16:5 KJV And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.]
When God chooses the man, people can raise up against them but they will not stand. They are really trying to stand against God, not the man God chose. You see this over and over again in scripture.
Back to the story of Moses. When it came time to bring Israel into Canaan, Moses learned that he wasn't going to be their pastor anymore, but Joshua was going to lead the people. Where was the voting? When Moses was up in the mount getting the commandments, the people gathered together and appointed Aaron to lead them. Sounds like a vote. That didn't end well.
When Saul was appointed as King, it was against the commandment of the man of God. But the people wanted a King. They would not hear what God wanted for them. They had already made it up on their minds that they needed a king instead of a man of God. That didn't end well either. God did the choosing you say. Yes a man whom the people would love. But when God chose whom He would love, you have King David.
[1Sa 8:7 KJV And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.]
The Lord gave us a great reason not to vote for those in authority over us. [1Sa 16:7 KJV But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.]
What are you doing when you vote? Are you not qualifying or disqualifying a person according to your knowledge? Are you not lining up the "runners" for the position you think they are best suited for. If it's the predecessor of your Pastor, do you not line up your preachers to see if they have what it takes to be a Pastor. An Elder in the church, a leader or director. Each position available in the body, do you vote on it?
[Pro 18:16 KJV A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.] I guess this means that God doesn't raise him up. But the people do. No, when God gives a gift He will make room for it. He will show you.
Let look at that qualifying mind set for a moment. A preacher stands up as the mouth piece from God. How are you qualifying or disqualifying him? To old, young or something else. How are you comparing them to other preachers? This one speaks better, more zeal, more lively than the rest. You can only make these mental notes according to your knowledge. Since only God knows the heart, you are viewing things on the outward appearance. Plus every time you qualify one as better then the other, you're subconsciously giving your flesh a reason for why you don't have to "listen" as much to the others. Yes the serpent is that sly and cunning. But the quality that you counted out, might be the one thing you need in a preacher to save your soul.
Show me a place in the scripture where voting for a leader worked out. Show me a place where when God called the man, it didn't work out. The church isn't a government established by the people to get them to heaven, but a kingdom, heavenly established by God to the saving of their souls.
Gideon was in this mindset. He disqualified himself, as many have done when God calls them.
[Jdg 6:12, 15 KJV And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. ... 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.]
Look at the effects of the qualifying mindset. Moses told God he couldn't speak well. David was a youth. Elisha was bald. Rehab a harlot. Ruth a Moabitess. Even to Paul a murderer of the church. All of these either tried to disqualify themselves or others did it for them.
By setting up a system to vote someone in or out of an office, you take God out of the factor and account them according again, to your knowledge. You also have preachers who have to preform verse preach. Remember if you the voter doesn't like their performance, I mean preaching, you can vote them out of office. Instead of having a man of God that can tell it like it is and call sin, sin.
A Pastor that is after God's heart, will tell you what thus saith the Lord. But a Pastor who is an hireling, has to worry about his office. When God sets up a man no one can take him down. Jesus walked right through the crowd that was wanting to cast Him off a cliff. Jesus also told Pilate that he had no power except it be given to him from above. If it wasn't time for Jesus to go on the cross He wasn't going.
You can proclaim that you vote with prayer and fasting. Sure, so did the men in the story of Jonah. And the lot fell on Jonah. Yes it did and God gave the people Saul too. The lots were cast on a man that God had called to preach, that was running from the calling. God is going to seek that man. It wasn't for the shippers, it was for Jonah to know that he couldn't hide.
Another example is in the New Testament. [Act 1:26 KJV And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.] They numbered him, but God called Paul. God never numbered him as an apostle. Paul wrote NT books, Matthias disappeared from scripture.
If we don't vote or choose a person to lead, how will we know. This is why God calls a man to lead His people.
[Deu 31:7 KJV And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.]
[1Co 11:3 KJV But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ(the anointed ministry); and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.] [Jer 3:15 KJV And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.]
When Moses told the Lord that the people wouldn't believe him, God gave him signs that he could show the people. God told Joshua that He was with him and would establish him like He did Moses. The Pastor should be the one to set up leaders in the church. Moses set up leaders in Israel. The Pastor is the one God chose to lead you, He is not going to go to the sheep but to the Shepard. When the sheep try to choose, you could get a wolf voting instead of a sheep.
Remember God knows the heart of the Pastor and the need of the sheep. He will choose a Shepard that is perfect for both the sheep and the Pastor himself to be saved. Trust Him to make that decision and that He will make it known who He has chosen. Say no to voting, both in your actions and in your conversations.
Submitted by: Tina Marie