Voting In Elections

by BluesBrother 2 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • BluesBrother

    This subject came to mind with upcoming U K referendum on continued membership of the E. U. Departure is commonly known as Brexit. The rights or wrongs of that issue are not the point of this thread but rather the WTS insistence that dubs take no part in such things .

    Their comments are shown here : " Keep Yourself In God's Love " book from 2014, page 213/4 (quoted in full for clarity)

    Voting in political elections. True Christians respect the right of others to vote. They do not campaign against elections, and they cooperate with elected authorities. However, they remain resolutely neutral with regard to the political affairs of the nations. (Matthew 22:21; 1 Peter 3:16) What should a Christian do in lands where voting is compulsory or in a situation where feelings run high against those who do not go to the voting booth? Remembering that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went as far as the plain of Dura, a Christian, under similar circumstances, may decide to go to the booth if his conscience permits. However, he will take care not to violate his neutrality. He should take into account the following six principles:
    1. Jesus’ followers are “no part of the world.”—John 15:19.
    2. Christians represent Christ and his Kingdom.—John 18:36; 2 Corinthians 5:20.
    3. The Christian congregation is united in belief, and its members are bound together by Christlike love.—1 Corinthians 1:10; Colossians 3:14.
    4. Those who elect a certain official share responsibility for what he does.—Note the principles behind the words recorded at 1 Samuel 8:5, 10-18 and 1 Timothy 5:22.
    5. Jehovah viewed Israel’s desire for a visible ruler as a sign that they had rejected Him.—1 Samuel 8:7.
    6. Christians must have freeness of speech when speaking to people of all political persuasions about God’s Kingdom government.—Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20; Hebrews 10:35.
    Now, U K Law says this :

    "Section 115 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 creates the criminal offence of "undue influence", which is committed by anyone who (among other things) "directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf… inflicts or threatens to inflict, by himself or by any other person, any temporal
    or spiritual injury, damage, harm or loss upon or against any person in order to
    induce or compel that person to vote or refrain from voting, or on account of that person having voted or refrained from voting".

    I know the Scriptures they quote but the application is all their own. As I read it they are dis-enfranchising all their U K adult members (scores of thousands ) . Is that not against the law?The Charity Commission are looking critically at the WTS already, I wonder if they are aware of this fact?
  • FayeDunaway
    Good points. Make them aware of it!!
  • Phizzy
    Wot Faye said.

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