When people apply Christ's injunction to "seek first the kingdom of God and His justice," (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31) they often construe it without regard for the context. So they reason as if His words are meant to establish temporal priority (do this first, then that, then that, etc.). However, considered in its entirety this is plainly not the case. For Christ goes on to say "and all other things will be added unto you." Simply put, everything else is fitly taken care of once you tend to God's rule. This is precisely in accord with Christ's examples of lilies of the field, or birds of the air, for whom God makes provision in creating the cosmos (the orderly existence of His creation). The provisions of God's rule are comprehensive. Therefore, the priority Christ gives to God's authority is exclusionary, not merely temporal.
This invalidates the whole argument from relative good or evil many self-professed Christians use, in some form, to justify exercising their share of the sovereign power of the people to elect people to government offices who reject or fail to observe God's rule. The conformity to God's will is the whole and only standard of good. Nothing is, therefore, relatively good that is not so in relation to God's standard, which constitutes the measure of all things. Once the term "relative" is used in relation to some other standard, we are neglecting the priority Christ's instruction gives exclusively to God. We are, therefore, no longer acting, as Christ did with respect to God's will, preferring His judgment to our own, no matter what the cost.
Put simply, a person either represents God's will, as Christ did, or not. If they represent God, and in all things seek to do His will, they represent the mind of Christ. Representing the mind of Christ, and the exclusive priority Christ gives to God, they are fit to represent those who let Christ's mind be in them, informing and transforming their own. If a Christian person casts a ballot for someone who does not represent this same priority, either their vote is false (i.e., it doesn't represent them) or their profession of faith in Jesus Christ is false. If their vote is false, then the election is false (i.e., it doesn't produce a truly representative result). If the election is false, then the requirement, plainly stated as a key premise for institution of government, that it derive its just powers from the consent of the governed, has not been satisfied.
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Elections falsified in this way by votes that do not truly represent the mind of the people who cast them are phony elections. But since, to be just (which is to say, lawful according to the right standard of law) government powers must be derived from the consent of the governed, government that results from votes that are falsely cast in this way are not lawful; they are not legitimate; and though they may command power they do not wield lawful authority.
Thus Christians who cast their vote in a way that fails to give exclusive priority to God contravene the instruction of Christ. They are, therefore, either turning away from their faith in Christ or else destroying the legitimacy of the government that derives its just powers from a true expression of the mind of the people. In practice, the end result is a government of the sort now expanding in the United States; a government in which the laws and their execution defy what Christian people know, on account of their good conscience (i.e., conscience informed by God) to be just; and that aim to force conscientious souls to do or declare what they know to be false and unjust.
If, as they profess, Christians first of all seek to be citizens of the Kingdom of God, as Christ exemplified, their choice to support for government office those who do not give that same priority to God's rule is not good faith and cannot be good government. As this behavior prevails, they should not be surprised to find, by harsh experience, that they have lost them both.
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