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  • Oh man. That's a serious question and yet it really struck my funny bone! It's a very strict rule that they should remain politically neutral and not vote. And at the same time they are also required to follow the law of the land and obey the government they live under *unless* it conflicts with their beliefs. And sometimes their beliefs can change as they "come to a better understanding of the scriptures." I would hope they would learn from how the JW ban in Russia went and allow themselves to vote against such a candidate. But, my guess is that they would not. And I would hope that the rest of us would vote to protect them too.
  • It is a strict rule. Why? Because Jesus at John 17 v 14 said "I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world." Being no part of the world means not taking sides in political matters. Therefore JWs will not vote, nor will they go to war or take up arms against another. But that does not mean they do not obey the laws of the land. Whichever country they are in, even if not a citizen of that country, they will obey the law whether it be paying taxes, traffic laws or criminal law. However, should the requirement of the country conflict with the law of God then God takes precedence. See Acts 5 v 28.
  • Good question. Here is a real answer without a funny slant. https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/political-neutrality/
    • bostjan64
      Thanks for taking the time to answer. So, to be clear, regardless of the situation, you do not vote, because to vote is to participate in government. So, even if a candidate ran for president promising to do away with the JW/Watchtower Society/etc. it would be inappropriate/disallowed to vote. What is the punishment for voting, if I may ask?
    • Texasescimo
      For a real life example, do a little reading on Nazi Germany and JW's. JW's have full confidence in the resurrection. Death and torture cannot remove love from your heart. We support Jesus regardless of threats. (Romans 8:35-39) Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36?Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37?On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38?For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39?nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 14:7-9) Not one of us, in fact, lives with regard to himself only, and no one dies with regard to himself only. 8?For if we live, we live to Jehovah, and if we die, we die to Jehovah. So both if we live and if we die, we belong to Jehovah. 9?For to this end Christ died and came to life again, so that he might be Lord over both the dead and the living.
    • Texasescimo
      Here are a couple of articles from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: ... https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/jehovahs-witnesses ... https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/nazi-persecution-of-jehovahs-witnesses
    • Texasescimo
      Hi bostjan64, this is kind of in response to Nick but don't want to interrupt y'all. Are you familiar with the scriptures that speak of an apostasy after the death of the apostles until the time of the end? If not, let me know and I can post some. ... Think about all of the 'Christian' support Hitler and leaders like him received by those that voted him in. Are those that voted for him, in a way responsible for the atrocities he committed while in office? At this time, no government will be truly peaceful with the people. Daniel 2, particular verses 41-44 show that the people will be split as iron does not mix with clay. ... This article tells of some of the reasons why JW's do not vote for human rulers: https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/gods-love/flag-salute-voting-civilian-service/ https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/gods-love/flag-salute-voting-civilian-service/
  • It's as strict as refusing blood transfusions. Meaning, they will not vote regardless of the circumstances.
  • This is a very good question. As stated in an earlier comment we remain neutral to the political system of this world for scriptural reasons. #1 1John 5:19 tells us that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one, which tells us that Satan controls this whole world. #2 Daniel 2;44 tells us, “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever, This Kingdom or government will put a stop to all other governments. Mankind can never fix its own problems. We need Jehovah’s Kingdom. For more information on this subject please visit jworg
    • bostjan64
      Thank you for your answer. If the scripture says not to vote, then why do other Christian denominations vote, if they use the same scriptures?
    • Nick culloden
      Thanks for your response. At John 18:36 Jesus tells us “his Kingdom is no part of this world.There is no law against voting. Jehovahs Witnesses have voted. We are on the side of Jehovah and his son Jesus. This is the only answer to mankind’s problems

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