Matching Your Vote To Christian Values

What matters to you in a candidate?

What matters to you in a candidate?

The purpose of this article is to make handy for voters, a quick reference of biblical principles should that voter want to align their voting with the Bible. This article endorses no candidate or party. In our representative republic, as we go into an election year, we will look at a field of imperfect candidates and hopefully vote for the ones that most closely align with our values. If we are Bible-believing and Christian, this should require a thoughtful process of looking at how the Bible instructs our values, and match up that instruction with the field of candidates. Bible-believing Christians should vote their values if their values are important to the government they want.

Which candidate supports you and your church?

Which candidate supports you and your church?

In virtually every decision, we have the “two greats” to serve as the broad, over-arching guide for how we conduct our lives. Reviewing the two greats, Jesus commands:

The Greatest Commandment: Matthew 22:36-39 (NLT)
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The most fundamental right

The most fundamental right

Simply put, to vote as Jesus would have us vote, “Great” considerations about a candidate should:
1. Elevate life in their priorities. As Christians demonstrate their love, evil will always fight to block our demonstration of love. A history of hostility and antagonizing life and liberty should be a deal-breaker. Support for abortion is a deal-breaker. Loving people engaged in hostile slaughter of innocents is a commandment, but making it as hard as possible for them to engage in their monstrous sin is an even greater display of loving an enemy. Without life, no other rights exist.

"Free Exercise Thereof"

Free Exercise Thereof

2. Hold free speech and religious freedom as a bedrock principles for the candidate. Having religious liberty as a core value and a high priority, so as little as possible stands in the way of carrying out the Great Commission.
a. Pro religious liberty is not necessarily pro Christian. The freedom to choose is an absolute requirement to accept the Christian faith. Thus, a history of supporting religious liberty, and the “free exercise thereof” is more important that supporting a Christian candidate.
b. A history of supporting religious suppression and oppression is a deal-breaker as well. Forcing business owners to participate in activities that violate their faith, oppresses First Amendment rights in a number of ways. Candidates who support and allow monuments that represent the faith of fallen veterans, or the faith of communities suppress the free exercise of religion.

The able-bodied should work.

The able-bodied should work.

Expecting industriousness in biblical policy positions that should be important to the voting believer. Candidates who exchange votes for gifts to a population, or a free-ride on the backs of workers, are acting contrary to the Bible’s instruction. The Apostle Paul reminded the church in Thessalonica about industry,

2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 (NLT)
“We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

It is obvious that God expects His people to be industrious, investing their time and effort in helping themselves and helping the community prosper. Leaders who ignore this requirement for financial budgeting create a social structure that the Bible does not sustain. God gave everyone some type of energy, skills and talents, and voters should elect leaders that govern with the ideal that everyone in the community who can work, should work.

A "hand up" because life happens

A “hand up” because life happens

Life happens, illnesses, deaths in the family, disability and aging… all of these issues and more have always caused people to become poor, often through no fault of their own. As for communal stewardship of the resources that God has provided, generously giving charity for those who need it is a biblical requirement. Levites and priests collected stores of 1/10 (the tithe) of everyone’s productivity to keep the Tabernacle, and later the Temple. The Levites were religious authority, and sustained many of the poor from the tithe. Beyond the tithe, God instructed the individual Israelites to also help the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (NLT)
“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do. There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.”

There are limits to what the Bible would endorse as charity. Moses speaks to loaning to those without (Deuteronomy 15:7-9), so they could get on their feet and work in society. Forgiveness of those debts was commanded every 7th year. As one considers who to vote for, leaders who incline toward helping people engage in the industriousness of society are leading biblically.

The Bible is familial, not socialist

The Bible is familial, not socialist

The question of socialism is often visited when types of government are bandied about. As mentioned earlier, there is an accusation of socialism regarding the early church. As we examine the source text, we find that is not really civil government, but rather acting as a family. Let’s look at how Luke describes this setting:

Acts 2:43-47 (NLT)
“A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

Offering generously for the good of the Body

Offering generously for the good of the Body

The church acted as a family as the Holy Spirit came upon them. They shared, as a family, the love of Christ and worship of Him. Their fellowship was added to by the fellowship of converts from the Temple, but the government was in no way socialistic. Churches often share potluck meals today, and many members sell or bequeath their property that is given to the church. What is in view today, as then, was family, not socialism.

We should also mention stewardship as relates to picking leaders. The Bible makes clear that we own nothing on this earth and God has given us the earth over which to be stewards. This is mentioned in the earliest parts of the Bible,

Genesis 2:15 (NLT)
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.

PrintTending and watching over is not “owning”. A biblical leader will demonstrate that they know what is given them to watch over is a trust given by God and affirmed by the people. Moses instructed the Israelites of this,

Deuteronomy 8:15-17 (NLT)
“Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’”

Biblical voters will pick candidates who know that resources are given by God, and they are going to be held to account for them. God blesses the people of our representative republic, and in turn expects the people to elect leaders who demonstrate honesty and good stewardship.

Defense & Policing is Good Stewardship

Defense & Policing is Good Stewardship

Some may find the stewardship section of this article to be a strange place to put community policing and national defense. This is also management of resources. There are known evil-doers in the world. Allowing evil-doers to injure and kill people and to pilfer the resources of the community with force is bad stewardship. A strong defense and protecting the community are good stewardship.

Lastly, Bible-believing Christians should vote based on the moral fiber demonstrated by the candidate. Flagrantly disregarding and violating the Ten Commandments should disqualify a candidate. Exodus 20 informs us the commandments, which are briefly:

Voter 1 - Candidate’s Biblical Values Test

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10 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Applied Faith and commented:

    This is a guest post contributed to Isaiah 53:5 Project

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  2. I find the point about”allowing evil doers to kill and steal resources is bad stewardship” to be positively rife with irony…

    Just how do we know who the “evil doers” are I the context of globalized military campaigns? Is it not whoever one’s own government says is the “evil doer”…?

    Surely the glorious United States of America is not guilty of killing innocents or stealing resources, etc…

    Anyways….

    I don’t know how long we can all keep pretending something is a “democracy” when all the candidates are ultimately owned by the same unspoken hand…

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    • DTL, the deceptive nature of broken humanity is only the voter’s responsibility if they vote in favor of it. We’re not called the transform the world, but rather Christ works through us. You don’t get love without free choice, and you don’t get free choice without the option of evil choices and evil doing. Our test is to do our best. Thanks for reading.

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      • I’m not sure you understood what I was getting at after reading your response, but oh well. I’m not debating the role off “free will” in the Christian life or anything like that.

        My point is basically that at this stage in the game, any candidate you vote for, particularly on the presidential level, is a vote for a globalist, NWO puppet. It makes no ultimate difference whether they are Republican or Democrat, “conservative” or “liberal”, because in the end those distinctions are only in place in order to obfuscate the fact that they all serve one singular, underlying agenda.

        I believe what the Bible says is very true about what will take place at the end of the age, and the infrastructure of the kingdom of the anti-Christ (political, technological, economic, military, etc) has been slowly put in place, right in front of our faces, as the Church has continued to debate what constitutes”Christian values” every election cycle. It’s all nothing but a diversion at this point, a false set of choices, a stacked deck. I’m not saying there isn’t still something to be said about say voting against something like abortion, if for nothing else than the sake of a statement against an evil practice, but honestly, it’s borderline willing ignorance to talk about “a strong defense and community policing” being an example of “good stewardship”. That’s a lovely sentiment there, but it’s completely detached from reality. It’s about empire-building, and constantly fueling the military/industrial complex to maximize corporate profits and create military hegemony around the world, as well as militarizing the police force domestically. The “war on terror” is a farce and propagandist tool. Practically everything we see reported on television news is a lie. Virtually everything the government says is a lie.

        I sincerely believe that being a “good steward” starts by not blindly believing everything which forms a self-serving nationalist narrative which blinds us to what is really happening.

        It’s time for us to wake up….

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