Tenet 22 – Christians should not vote in elections, hold political office, become involved in political affairs in any other way, salute a flag, or serve in the military even in noncombatant roles. wit.irr.org
THE BIBLE TEACHES
CONCERNING POLITICAL OFFICE
Why would we be commanded to pray for or honor these people if they are sinning by holding political offices? If every person belonged to Watchtower Organization, who would hold government positions?
2 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 2 Peter 2:17
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will have his approval. For he is God’s servant for your good. Romans 13:3-4
Concerning fighting in wars the Bible teaches:
Ecclesiastes 3:1,8 There is an appointed time for every event under heaven…A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Did God allow armies?
But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. Exodus 7:4
If we honor God first, are we allowed to honor governments or nations?
Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Romans 13:7
Those who serve well in political office are God’s servants, not sinners. We know that God sent armies out to do His bidding, so it is not wrong to serve in the military. It is wrong to pledge greater allegiance to a flag or nation than our allegiance to God. If we specify that the flag or nation is “under God”, we haven’t sinned.