The General Assembly and the general election
There were no voting booths in ancient Palestine. Yet prophets and popular movements did express their preferences, often at great risk. That risk intensified under the Romans. Sometimes today there seems to be almost as much discussion of St. Paul and empire in Biblical studies as there is about America and empire in political science. But we are blessed to be in a democracy derived in significant ways from the Reformed tradition's respect for the "inner forum" or individual conscience.