Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
What a privilege it is to live in a country that allows you to express yourself through the act of voting. In just a few days we will have the opportunity to cast ballots that will impact the course of our country, state and communities. It is a significant time in our history, and we, as Christ-followers, have the responsibility and freedom to vote.
As leaders we are often asked to give opinions, observations and direction regarding who and what to vote for. Although there are legal and biblical restraints regarding the use of the pulpit for promoting political views, it is vital that church leaders encourage committed followers of Christ take seriously the privilege and responsibility to vote, in order to make their voice heard. If we neglect this responsibility, we will contribute to a continued moral and spiritual slide. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, accurately portrayed the Christian's duty in politics saying, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty... of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
I suggest three biblical principles to consider this election year:
Regarding candidates running for office, here are some helpful questions I ask before I vote:
‚Ä¢ Which candidate has modeled honesty and integrity?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate has demonstrated the strongest leadership abilities?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate has been the most dependable on issues?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate has shown the most concern for the greatest number of citizens?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate is most favorable to the gospel message of the church?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate will be better able to deal with the moral ills and concerns of our society?
‚Ä¢ Which candidate will promote justice and the sanctity of life?
The Bible gives us these bold statements of truth:
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:10, 11
By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down. Proverbs 29:4
I pray we lead our children into a future with God's blessing, not godless barrenness.