Voter Fraud and the ‘Work of God’

Posted on January 14, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Voter Fraud Frenzy
I am amazed by the number of strong, evangelical Christians on social media deeply mired in what they believe is the “robbing” of a second term for President Trump.

I am amazed by the zeal, time, and attention devoted by several of my coworkers – who are strong and dynamic Christians – to this issue. They are all about the manipulation of the Dominion voting system, digging up of votes from people who do not exist for President-Elect Biden, and the trashing of legitimate votes for President Trump.

They fill their Facebook and Twitter pages with article after article on voter fraud, and elicit fiery reactions from those on different points on the political spectrum.   

This baffles me. I don’t blame anyone for being concerned about the legitimacy of the Presidential Elections and spending some time researching it. However, for Christians to obsess over this controversy is beyond me. There are professionals being paid millions of dollars to look into this issue, so it is not as though it is not being addressed.

Furthermore, on the social media pages of these evangelical Christians, I’m seeing less and less mention of God, Jesus, the Gospel, the Bible, and, generally, telling unbelievers how they can be saved from their sins and have eternal life.

No, all of these opportunities are being squandered in favor of the voter fraud issue, and I believe the time and emotional investment being poured into it by Christians is not what Jesus has called His children to do.

The Work God Requires
In John Chapter 6, we read of how Jesus fed the 5,000. The next day, much of that crowd remained, searching for Jesus. When they found Him, the Lord noted that they sought Him for the wrong reason: “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill” (v. 26).

Jesus then admonished them to “not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (v. 27). Jesus was contrasting the crowds’ materialism – which perishes – with their spiritual eternity. The crowd was looking for another free meal; Jesus wanted to give them eternal life.

The crowd then asks Jesus: “What must we do to do the works God requires?” (v. 28). As usual, they were looking for salvation via good works. Jesus corrected their errant thinking by replying: “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (v. 29).

God is not drawn by human works. He only accepts those who “Believe in the Lord Jesus” (Acts 16:31). Once believers give their lives to Christ through faith alone, they are then instructed to do “works” of salvation. That is, not “works” by which to be saved, but works because they are saved. You will find these “works” in the Beatitudes, other commands by Jesus, and as the “application” sections of the epistles written by Paul, Peter, John, and James.

Among the major “works” of Christians is to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

The Wrong Path
Based on the above, I can’t see where Christians (unless it is their profession) are called to drown themselves in politics, become amateur sleuths regarding alleged voter fraud, and heap disdain and even foul language upon those who disagree with them. For me, if God had wanted President Trump to remain as President, He would have seen to it.

No, far from all of this, the Lord Jesus calls upon the unsaved to “do to do the works God requires” – that is, to confess Jesus as Lord; and once becoming Christians, to make disciples by sharing the Gospel, and serving all people with kind and compassionate works.

But to throw ourselves mind, body, and soul into politics and the materialism of this world which will be burned up in the fire – no way!

Christians engaging in this muck and mire are way off on this one.