A realistic way Christians can always judge whether they should do something, such as deciding to vote or not, is to ask what Jesus would do. The apostle John once wrote, "Anyone who claims to dwell in Him (Jesus Christ) is obligating himself also to walk even as He Himself walked" (1John 2:6, HBFV throughout). The "what would Jesus do" admonishment is solidly based on Scripture.
So, would Jesus vote? Moreover, if He did, whom would He choose? Would he choose a CHRISTIAN? Would He be willing to choose the "lesser evil" of whoever is running for office, since no political candidate or party is perfect? Can we imagine Him taking sides on the myriad of contentious issues that drive the politics of most nations? On the other hand, would He stand apart from the world and proclaim a different way?
"My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, so that I might not be delivered up to the Jews. However, My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36, HBFV)
Since Jesus proclaimed that His followers would not fight to save Him from an unjust execution because His kingdom (God's government) was not derived from this world, then why should Christians be so eager to get involved in politics such as trying to vote? This world is clearly deceived by Satan and lies under his power at least for the time being (Revelation 12:9, 1John 5:19, see also Matthew 4:8 where he offers Jesus the kingdoms of the world).
Human governments cannot get rid of evil human nature, Satan's influence, or the corruption of this world's deceived civilizations. At his Second Coming, however, Christ will set up the kingdom of God on earth that will solve all the problems that human governments are incapable of resolving.
Here is something to ponder regarding the debate on whether to vote or not. Why is the Roman Catholic Church pictured as a great harlot "with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication" (Revelation 17:2)? Medieval Europe experienced the union of church and state (professing Christians becoming intertwined with Europe's governments). Such a cooperative venture ended up corrupting both of them. Christians cannot get involved in this worldly politics without becoming corrupted by it.by it?
Do believers have dual citizenship?
Those who state that true believers should vote and that they have a "dual citizenship" (meaning on earth and in heaven) ignore what the Bible says in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.
13. All these (meaning those who believed in God in the Old Testament) died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them from afar, and having been persuaded of them, and having embraced them, and having confessed that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth . . . 15. And if, on the one hand, they had let their minds dwell fondly on the place where they came from, they might have had opportunity to return. 16. But now, on the other hand, they are aspiring to a more excellent country - that is, a heavenly one (Hebrews 11:13, 15-16, HBFV)
True Christians are not full "citizens" of this evil world if we believe that our life, after death, is undenyably more important than the one we are now living. In addition, if God considers us "legal aliens" (at least spiritually) of where we live, then we are not full citizens of the earth. A believer's citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), hence, our national loyalty is strictly secondary to our religious identity as ambassadors for Christ (2Corinthians 5:20).
How are leaders chosen?
We should not believe that the duties or rights of earthly citizenship require Christians to participate in the political process such as choosing who rules a nation or sets its laws. In spite of what the world believes, our vote does not bring certain people to power. It is God who sets up and removes leaders (Daniel 2:20). When He made Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon insane for seven years, the reason given for the punishment was to teach him that the ETERNAL rules over the kingdoms of men (Daniel 4:17).
What can we do?
Some politically related activity could be fine, such as writing letters to the editor of a newspaper condemning sinful activities or voicing our opinion on laws that would censor true believers. If a church is being publicly persecuted, it would be good for its members to protest those unjust laws publicly, such as when a government jails a church's ministers or members for obeying God instead of men (Acts 4:19, 5:29). Instead, however, of trying to change politics through a vote, Christians should have these goals.
Inform others about God's soon-coming kingdom and how it will solve all our problems
Start becoming more of an example of God's way of life in our own lives
Faithfully wait on God to fix the world's problems on his, not our, schedule
Should Christians vote? Believers ought not to waste their time and energies on trying to fix a dying world through the ballot box. Our heavenly Father wants us to dedicate ourselves solely to worshipping Him in spirit and truth, instead of incrementally trying to improve a system Satan dominates (2Corinthians 4:4). Our goal should be to proclaim to the world what are God's solutions to man's problems.