I have thought much about the issue of 'voting' in a political, civil atmosphere for people who are non-adherent to the teaching of the Holy Church as it comes down to us from the Jerusalem and the Holy Apostles.
It seems that our fathers who gave up their lives for Christ...the True and only Word .... so that we the 'believers' might live (amongst the world) in truth according to a divine plan that has been prepared for us by God and fulfilled in the Blood and Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. That plan and divine and Blood and Body of Christ is the whole Church which is rich in grace by the power of the Holy Spirit. This Church is undefiled and indivisible which will not be prevailed against from within it or from out of it.
If we are truly one in Christ than we are Holy. Then who shall lead that which is Holy in this world?
The scripture says "Holy things for the Holy".
Do we have a trust in those who have a semblance of the faith but not truly ONE with the whole church? Do we trust them to lead us? If so then where are they leading us Holy people to?
Maybe we accept them as good leaders and do not distinguish by "religion"?
That makes sense to do on the surface. But when we look deeper we are Holy people and belong only to the Church which is Jesus Christs. We are led by our trust and faith in Him who has the power to save, heal, and resurrect from the dead. His Word is pure.
The word of man is measured by Gods Word. If the word of man is approved by that which is held by the Holy Church which is Universal, Apostolic and Orthodox or (unchanged) than with the 'faith' and 'works' of man following we may concur. But if we find that the word of man (or a 'a man')is not approved by the 'Holy Church' then his faith and actions are not approved either. It seems that we (the church) will not hear man ('men') or any person on this ground. We are to ignor them by knowing the real truth. This is not the same as 'ignoring' in the common sense of the term.
It is hard to accept the burden of the true faith in this age of the world especially if our hearts are divided between it and the world.
WE want to be productive in the world to make a difference. Of course. I agree with that. I look forward to that every day.
But the question is: To what extent?
I hope to gain the insight of others on the point.
I offer these few (among many) scriptural references for observation.
1st Timothy Chapter 4 Verses 6 and 7
004:016 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
2ND Timothy Chapter 4 Verses 3 and 4
004:003 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
004:004 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Romans Chapter 16 Verses 17 and 18
016:017 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
016:018 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple
Romans Chapter 15 verses 4 through 7
015:004 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
015:005 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
015:006 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
015:007 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
1st Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 8
002:008 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.