This year’s election is one of the most highly contested I can remember. The race is close, the time is short, the electorate is divided, and the stakes are high. At the risk of being too “political” on this blog, I want to devote this post to dealing with how Christians should vote.
Everyone uses some type of criteria to determine how to vote. My question is this “What criteria should a Christian use in determining who we should vote for?” In other words, “How should I vote?” Great question. And today on this blog I’m going to tell you how to vote. Not who to vote for…but how to vote. There’s a difference!
Many people struggle with whom to vote for. They look at all the issues, examine all the speeches, listen to all the pundits and walk away even more confused. I want to challenge you with one simple thing, don’t vote for a party, vote for a person. And when you vote for a person, examine their values, their beliefs and their core principles.
Here’s a simple grid I’ve put together that helps me when I’m trying to determine how to vote.
1. Moral and Social Issues
This is first on my list every time. Issues like the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, and protecting the family are first. As far as I’m concerned, the appointing of federal judges falls into this category as well. This is the way abortion, gay marriage and many other things have been introduced into our society.
2. Foreign Policy and National Security
Will our nation be a force for good in the world or are we an island to ourselves? When should we go to war? When should we not go to war? What about protecting our homeland, thwarting terrorist attacks, and protecting other countries?
Also, will we be an ally to Israel? God says He will bless those who bless this nation and curse those who curse this nation. I believe one reason America has been so blessed is because we’ve supported Israel for so long.
3. Economic and Fiscal Policy
Should the government help the poor? What is the role of government in caring for those who cannot care for themselves? Honestly, I believe the only reason the government needs to help the poor is because of the failure of the church in America. If we did our job, there would be no need for welfare and social security.
I believe in rendering to “Caesar what is Caesar’s” and rendering to “God what is God’s.” I just don’t want to give Caesar more than he deserves. I could never do that with God!
While this doesn’t cover every issue (energy, education, environment, etc…), it does cover three major issues. And for me, these are the three biggest issues in order of importance. The very first thing on my list are moral and social issues. For instance, I will vote for a candidate when I vehemently disagree with his fiscal policy if he/she is pro-life and pro traditional marriage. On the other hand, if I agree with a candidate on 2 and 3, but don’t agree with him on 1, I cannot support that candidate.
It’s really simple. A Christian should vote based on the values taught in Scripture. My faith informs every aspect of my being – including my political choices.