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Should Your Faith Determine Who You Vote For?

As you all may know, we’re in the midst of election season. With so many choices within each party, let alone the choices from one party to another, how are we to decide who we vote for?

Now, while many people vote through party lines, maybe because kids often follow their parents when it comes to voting, there are really more reasons why we as Christians should look to our faith when it comes to picking the right candidate.

You see, as Christians, we’re called to please the Lord. Well, pleasing the Lord means sharing His Word and doing His will, and one way we can do this is by voting for the candidate who best represents the values and beliefs of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we’re focused on living our lives according to God’s will, then those we vote for should share those same values. Why? Because our desire should be to glorify God in everything we do, including voting.

Scripture determines how we should live as individuals, so how does it make sense to pick a candidate who doesn’t reflect those same values and beliefs? We know them to be right, after all. Are we not going against our God when we select someone who goes against our faith? Are we not going against God Himself?

Ladies, let’s not forget that our whole political system was set up by strong Christians whose desire was to create a nation founded on the Word of God.

George Washington once stated, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” And Ronald Reagan said, “Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”

So, while many argue that we should separate church and state, I argue that we should instead recognize that our whole government system was founded on God’s Word. And also, that when we vote, we should put our Lord and His Word above all else, including our vote.

 

“In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.” —Abraham Lincoln

 

So, yes, I believe, as Christians, our faith should totally determine our politics. We shouldn’t be focused on the candidate’s gender or skin color, but rather, whether he or she will work to instill the values and beliefs that are close to those of our Lord.

Now, what if, in the general election, neither of the candidates are Christian? While the candidates may not fully follow the laws of our God, we should use our discernment to select the one who best fits His will. And remember, too, that in voting, we should always pray for guidance. Because only God knows who will better serve Him. And so, always turn to Him for direction.

 

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

 

Ladies, are you going to allow your faith to determine who you vote for?

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  1. chelw

    Posted by chelw on March 18, 2016 at 18:39

    Contrary to what my Christian faith says I should be – politically, a conservative – I am a democrat. I consider to myself to be liberal, not because I’m “not a real Christian” (which it could be argued that I’m not. I’m on round three of reshaping my life to be both a good Christian and a good person, and I’ve got a ways to go), but because I recognize that a majority of American society is not Christian.

    While a lot of conservative viewpoints aren’t bound in Christian doctrine, many of their social laws are; i.e., those of same-sex marriage, abortion, and so forth. I have always been reluctant to accept abortion, no matter what state my religion/relationship with Christ was in. Even when I wasn’t debating abortion on the grounds of religious moral, I would always argue that an abortion is the throwing away a human life because human development begins at conception. But while all of us can acknowledge that there are many people in American society who do not accept Jesus as our Savior, there are likewise, many people in American society who do not accept a fetus as equivalent to a human life. If we, as Christians, are taught to respect those who are not Christian, then we, as pro-lifers, must also respect those who are pro-choice. I don’t personally know anyone who is “pro-abortion”, or anyone who encourages abortion. I do, however, know people who can acknowledge that some people may want or need an abortion for reasons we may not be able to ever fully understand, because we are not in that person’s shoes. I think that the reason abortion gets so much publicity and the reason that the pro-life movement gets so much negativity is because of the fact that it is founded on religious doctrine, and by doing so, it negates, ignores, and silences the very real stories of many women who have gotten abortions. It’s highly likely that most women don’t actively seek out abortions, nor do they look forward to one. There is a lot more that goes into many social issues like abortion, or same-sex marriage, or what have you, and many Christians put so much effort into turning it into a religious issue, and in doing so, we fail to realize that we have silenced a great amount of people. The issue of abortion is just one of many, and it’s the one that I use most often because this one has been the most intriguing to me, and the one I have the most experience with, as someone who has dated a passionate pro-lifer, as someone who has always inherently been pro-life despite many doubts about where I stand with religion, and as a woman, someone who has the honor of childbearing and someone who, if I made the choice, could go and get an abortion.

    The point I am trying to make altogether, is this: I may be a born-again Christian, working my way up to being closer to God. But I am a born-again Christian because I made the choice to be, not because Christianity was forced on me. If Christianity was forced onto me, I would probably struggle with religion for the rest of my life and have major issues with it. And most people are no different. If we vote for someone who intends to place Christian doctrine onto a secular nation, then we are, as strange as it may sound to some people, forcing many non-Christians to live, to a legal extent, as if they were Christian. If our goal is to encourage others to run towards God, then our means of doing so should not be focused in voting for a Christian politician. If we force non-Christians to follow Christian law, we will turn them off to Christianity and thus, turn them off to God. We will do the opposite of what we want to achieve.

    Going full circle, back to my abortion argument: does this mean I’m saying that I want women to “sin” by getting abortions? Of course I don’t want anyone to sin. I certainly don’t want anyone to get abortions. But I, and everyone else, should recognize that not everyone is Christian. And as much as this disagrees with the notion that Christ should be in every single aspect of your life, I have to say it; when you’re discussing religious dogma with someone who is not religious, then not only will they not understand you, but they will probably be even more turned off to religion than they already were. Instead of forcing religion onto a society that is not religious, we should give them the choice to live their lives how they will. As for an issue such as abortion, well, there’s a time and a place to talk about abortion as a religious topic, and when dealing with voting for a whole nation, that certainly isn’t the time and the place. We need to find different angles to approach these topics of discussion, non-religious angles, because non-religious people live in this nation, and we cannot silence their voices by forcing them to live under Christian laws.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Simplyagirloffaith on January 7, 2016 at 17:49

    I’m actually very liberal although many don’t believe in being a Christian democrat I do because they support people of all races

  3. martial_artist_for_Jesus

    Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on November 1, 2015 at 04:39

    I am a very conservative libertarian Christian. My first choice for president is Rand Paul, but if he doesn’t make it through then Carson. Carson was originally my first choice, and for the most part, he seems to be a very Godly man, but the only issues I’ve with him are foreign war involvement (I personally believe, IMHO, that we should NOT get involved in a foreign war unless they A., actually come over here and attack us on our soil, and/or B., God outright TELLS us to wage herem, or holy war, on them– the latter is pretty seldom though, and is usually only for special cases, i.e., the Israelites were to wipe the Canaanites off the face of the earth, so they could have the promised land. But that’s a debate for another time.) , and using fetal tissue for medical purposes. I am avidly pro-life, and I believe God is too, because if you think about it– without life people can’t choose. If God hadn’t given Adam and Eve life at the beginning, how could they even choose right or wrong? I think all abortion is horrible, and even when the mom’s life is threatened, which is incredibly rare now thanks to the advancements in medical technology and medicine, she should still try to have the child (after all, it’s thanks to incidents like that that Beethoven, Lacey Strum, and Tim Tebow were all born. Think of all the people they impacted, since their moms decided not to have abortions, despite pressure.) I believe harvesting fetal tissue, especially from abortions, is very wrong. There have been studies showing that regular donated human tissue, with consent, works just as well, so there isn’t even really a need to keep doing it. But, again, I’m not seeking a debate on here (I’ve gone over this debate enough on Facebook 😛 ), just stating my stances and who I’m gonna vote for.