God created man in His image for His glory to accomplish His purposes upon the earth. If God is involved in His creation, which Scripture affirms, then it is reasonable to think that God is concerned with the politics of man. Arguably, a Christian who is elected to office is to serve according to God's will and purposes as directed by His Word. Christian citizens are to vote in accordance with what resembles the most good, the most right, and the most godly. The problem that arises for Christians is one of discerning God's will in the matter of politics. Christians are citizens of 2 kingdoms - the kingdom of God eternally and the kingdom of God on earth. Wherever God has placed us on earth as a member of a nation's citizenship is not to be taken likely. We have a responsibility to represent our Lord and Savior as best we can within the structure of a nation's polity. Governments are run by people and will answer to the Lord whether they recognize Him as Sovereign or not!
Americans have more freedom than citizens of other nations and therefore have a greater responsibility to participate in the operations of a nation that was inspired by the concept of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." The Cultural Mandate presented in Genesis 1:28 has political implications for Christians in the United States. That mandate, given to human creation, involved expansion, conservation, and administration, which has implications to the citizenry of this nation.
The earth, which is the Lord's, has been given to man for the purpose of bringing it under man's control. This is a major responsibility, which means that mankind is to subject the earth, the environment, and nature to the rule and purposes of God. So, conserving the environment and protecting the interests of God's creation to include man, must be in balance. Christians are to care for God's creation because it actually belongs to the Lord. In other words, we possess the earth as God's trustees and have a fiduciary responsibility for preserving what is the Lord's.
Does this mean we must be green? In a sense – yes! But not to the extent of hoarding or not using the resources God has provided. Why is there oil or coal, for instance? For the use of man who can mine and drill, but with common sense and protection of the environment as best he can. Use of green energy is also okay, but not to the detriment of other resources provided by God – because the earth is the Lord’s and all there is in it! If subdue has the idea of force, then governments must be involved for regulation purposes. Yet, governments still answer to God. They are subservient to God whether they realize it or not. And regulation of the earth’s resources must be for the betterment of all the people, not the privileged few.
Of course, politicians usually mess things up. As part of government, God’s citizens have a duty to be involved and vote for the candidate that would best represent God’s purposes for the earth whether they realize it or not. We are not to vote for what the candidate will do for us, but for the candidate whose programs are more in line with subduing the earth according to God’s purposes.The eighteenth-century Scottish historian Alexander Tytler allegedly commented: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” We are not to vote for the candidate that will give us the most benefits, but for the candidate most in line with helping the common good according to the purposes of God.
Our nations was founded as a republic – rule by law (God’s Law) – not a democracy – rule by man; hence, the majority. In God’s eyes there is no democracy, for he rules as benign dictator. Christ died to set us free to do God’s will, not our own. What happens when the candidates clash – say one is for “life” and the other “for conservation.” Life always triumphs, for God is the Giver and Taker of Life – not man. Besides, “the right of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” found in the Declaration of Independence was a phrase used to exemplify the "inalienable rights" with which all human beings are endowed by their Creator. “Life” was first and foremost, for without this right there is no liberty and no pursuit of happiness.
When life takes a back seat to conservation, then animals and earth will become more important than human life. If no candidate is for “life,” then choose the one that best represents “Liberty” and freedom, for without freedom (that perfectly comes in Christ), there will be no happiness. God mandates our expansion over the earth in order to provide conservation of His possession for the purpose of having administration of the earth.
As to Administration
We care for the earth (and the United States) in order to rule it in God’s name. God said in Gen. 1:28 to have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. A consequence of man being created in the image of God is dominion over the lower creatures of the earth; and having dominion is to rule responsibility. We are to govern the inferior creatures of the earth as God's viceroy. Since the animals are not capable of fearing and serving the Lord, God has appointed them to serve under the administration of man. This tells us that man is more important than animals. Then what about the animal rights people? We do have a responsibility of caring for animals, but not of preservation over the rights of man. Having dominion is delegated supremacy over all the creatures of the earth, but it is man who is created in God’s image to represent Him as governor over these creatures.
In 2007, federal judge Oliver Wanger imposed limits on the amount of water pumped from the San Joachin-Sacramento River delta to farms in California's Central Valley in order to protect a two-inch endangered fish called the Delta Smelt. As a result, several hundred thousand acres of farmland on the west side of the Central Valley now lie desolate, and many thousands of jobs have been lost. In the city of Mendota the unemployment rate exceeds 40%. If God’s cultural mandate was applied, then men and their livelihood would trump a fish. Yet in the Environmental Protection Agency are people who seek to promote animals and plants to equal standing among the human race. God who created all things – human and otherwise –was perfect in wisdom when he crafted existence and fashioned man as the highest order of life to rule over the fish and animals.
What is laughable is that most of the animal rights people as well as the green earth promoters are Darwinists! Yet, Darwin believed in the survival of the fittest. Well, man is the fittest. When animal rights people place animals above the dignity of man, they are contradicting their own belief in evolutionary survival by the fittest.