The Role of Christians in Elections

17 May

Are you registered to vote? Should Christians vote?

Would you vote for a Mormon? Should Christians vote for Mormons?

Thousands of Americans have given their lives for our freedom. Citizens in many nations yearn for the right to vote — and for the right to vote in fair, non-rigged elections. Voting is incumbent upon us. Outside of the Bible, there aren’t many good sources of morals of ethics to guide the nation, so informed voting by Christians is crucial to good governance. If we leave voting to others, we may not be satisfied with the results we get.

In 2000, 52 million Christians were eligible to vote, but only 27 million cast a ballot. In 2004, 33 million voted, and then in 2006, just 20 million Christians voted. This is shocking and disappointing to say the least.

We should never delude ourselves into thinking we can vote in a utopia, but we are called to select our leaders. And we should choose men who love God and hate covetousness.

What about voting for Mormons like Mitt Romney and the many Mormon candidates for state and local offices here in Arizona?

The late Charles Colson, who was memorialized today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., once said, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Moreover, if we wait only for those of our own faith to run for office, we will be forced to sit on the sidelines throughout many elections. Therefore, we must vote for those candidates whose values most closely represent our biblical worldview. Some will not fulfill that entirely, but will still prevent those will secular humanist worldviews from gaining entry into the governing system and overturning foundational values. Such as life and marriage.

Those who say Christians should “only do evangelism, not politics” are misleading the Body of Christ. Christians and pastors have a long history in America of advocating for good, including the abolition of slavery, promoting civil rights, outlawing abortion and pedophila, and much more. We cannot withdraw from our culture and let it rot.

God instructed the Israelites to pick virtuous leaders:

But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Furthermore, the Bible is full of examples of godly people influencing their nations.

Daniel urged Nebuchadnezzar to do righteousness.

Moses demanded the pharaoh flee Hebrew slaves.

In his book “Politics According to the Bible,” Phoenix Seminary Professor Wayne Grudem writes:

“I think Christians should support the candidate who best represents moral and political values consistent with biblical teaching, no matter what his or her religious background or convictions.”

So if you are not registered for the August 28th Arizona Primary, get registered. Do your homework. Research the positions of the candidates in your city, county, legislative and congressional districts and for state and national offices. Most candidates have websites: look up “John Doe for Arizona Senate,” for example. Also, you’ll be receiving much direct mail from candidates. Don’t throw these flyers away; study them and become familiar with the candidates’ values and issues positions. Inform your family and friends. Some people will refuse to vote for anyone they receive a robo call from; this is a mistake because it means good, deserving candidates may lose to people with inferior, if not harmful, values. Ask others for information on candidates. Read the papers and listen to the radio, but be cautioned: The Arizona Republic and most daily newspapers do NOT want candidates who share your values to win election.

Furthermore, book the site of the Arizona Secretary of State’s elections information page and use it for information.

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