Liberia Polls: 8,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses Refuse to Vote

In a bid to stay ‘neutral’ as allegedly requested by the Bible, over 8,00 Liberian ‘Jehovah Witness’ Adherents refused to carry out their civic responsibility to vote, Daily Observer reports.
The online media gathered that the more than 6,000 baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country and some of their followers (those who have not been baptized, but attend services) – about 2,000 of them – did not vote in the national elections.
“We do not lobby, vote for political parties or candidates, run for government office, or participate in any action to change governments,” an elder of a congregation in Monrovia, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview. “We follow the example of Jesus, who refused to accept political office (John 6:15).”
The elder said Jesus also taught his disciples not to be “part of the world” which, he said, means that Christians should not take sides in political issues. (John 17:14, 16; 18:36 and Mark 12:13-17.) The elder said remaining politically neutral will allow them to speak freely to people of all political persuasions about the Good News of God’s Kingdom.
He argued that political participation and elections affect religion, because religions that meddle in politics divide their members. “Although, we do not take part in politics, we respect the authority of the government because it is in harmony with the Bible’s command to ‘Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities.’”
He said: “We obey the law, pay taxes and cooperate with efforts of the government to provide for the welfare of its citizens. Rather than participate in an attempt to subvert the government, we follow the Bible’s counsel to pray for ‘kings and all those who are in positions of authority,’ especially when they are making decisions that could affect freedom of worship.”