Weighing heavily on my mind has been the topic of voting and how it relates to faith. I will give some principles from my American and christian perspective. Not all countries have even have the right to vote but there are still principles that can apply.
Never before has it seemed that voting on election day is as daunting a task for Christians as now. Amidst the seemingly constant stream of mud slinging, there often seems to be no clear cut likeable candidate that personally holds Christian values. So should Christians stay home and not vote? God forbid.
We as Americans happen to live in a nation were men have fought and died to give the freedom and privilege to vote to its citizens. No matter how we feel personally toward any of the candidates, we still can take a look at the issues at hand and decide which is most conducive to a Biblical worldview and Biblical principles. So let’s consider some key issues and ask ourselves which candidate best fit what we desire.
Supreme Court – Which candidate will be more likely to appoint justices that will uphold the constitution and not legislate from the bench for political pet causes? Which is more likely to appoint conservative minded judges?
Abortion – Which candidate is more likely to support life? Which will put life below the concerns of women?
National Security – Which candidate will offer the best chance to secure our borders and enforce our laws? Which will send undesirables out and which will draw them in?
Economy – Which person will be most conducive to wise handling of money nationally? Which one will treat money as an abstract concept in theory?
Foreign Policy – Which one will provide leadership around the world? Which one will build a strong military for our protection? Which one will continue current policy?
Veterans – Which one will be more likely to take care of our veterans?
Party Platform – Which party platform has the policies that you would rather see implemented?
Faith – Which one will take less offense to those that stand for the Christian faith?
I believe that these are sufficient for any American believer to consider and decide whom to vote for at the upcoming election. There is no need to spend hours debating, listening to gossip, conspiracy theories, past dirty rags, media spin, and so forth. Elections are primarily always about the issues. The dilemma many face is that the top candidates, especially this year, don’t have the “good guy” facade. I don’t personally know if any President has actually been a believer while in office but we shouldn’t be surprised when we find ourselves with unsaved leadership. Vote for the one that will make policy decisions that will be more in line with Biblical principles than the other candidates.
1) It is better to not vote at all.
(Try telling this to a person in a country where they are not allowed. Try telling this to a survivor of someone who lost a loved one in the line of service for your country. God has given us the opportunity as believers in America to vote for our representation. Why not use that opportunity as good steward of that gift?)
2) The election is rigged so I shouldn’t bother.
(All people eligible should use the opportunity to vote.)
3) My candidate is going to win overall so my vote is not needed.
(All vote are needed.)
4) My candidate is going to lose in my state anyway.
(We don’t know who will win. Vote anyway.)
5) I’m to busy to vote.
(There are no excuses. Plenty of people could have made excuses when it came to defending our freedom to vote but are you glad they didn’t.)
6) I want a Pastor in chief.
(This is not the Biblical idea.
7) I can’t vote for someone if they have ever done or said anything awful.
8) I can’t vote for a non-Christian.
9) We are in the last days so just let the unsaved decide for us.
10) If we keep picking the lesser of two evils then we will continually get more of the same.