Should Your Faith Determine Who You Vote For?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | October 29, 2015
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?