Thanks to those of you who commented on my post, This is how we do it. I enjoyed reading all of the varied perspectives and so today I wanted to give you my take on voting politicians into political office.
- I believe that every human being makes decisions influenced by their world view. I am shaped by my upbringing and by what I believe to be true. This belief influences the way I choose to respond in any given situation, whether consciously or subconsciously.
- I believe that it is my prerogative, indeed my duty, to ensure that the people who influence and lead me (especially when I have the ability to choose) must be people who lead me in the direction that I believe to be equitable and right. Isn’t that the whole premise of voting for a candidate? Shouldn’t our worldviews be closely aligned enough so that I’m confident that he/she will serve to improve our way of life?
- Truth, contrary to many people’s opinions, is not subjective. Truth is absolute. Jesus did not compromise truth in order to live amicably with the people around Him. In fact, He was quite antagonistic to the religious and political leaders of the day (the Pharisees). According to 2 Chron 7: 14, a nation is only blessed to the extent to which the Christian lives out his worldview.
- Nations are not Christian, people are! If Christians want to see certain values reflected in our societies then we must get involved with the political process whether by voting or by running for office. If, hypothetically speaking, I am voted into public office, I will unapologetically begin each day with prayer. If that is offensive to those who don’t believe in prayer, so be it. The hypocrisy of their position is the fact that they would rather I be like them and not pray, yet they call me narrow-minded and bigoted when I suggest that they should consider being like me, and pray.
- Freedom, as defined by constitutional rights, is at best a tenuous value. The freedom to make choices can lead you into bondage to addictions that are ultimately destructive. In that instance you cease to be free. That’s why a good parent makes the decision to protect their child from certain ‘freedoms’ that our culture allows us, in an attempt to keep them from potential harm. If Jesus is truly Lord (and He is), then it is incumbent upon those of us who profess to believe in Him to live the values that He has outlined for us. We don’t force people to believe nor live as we do, we simply make it attractive to do so.
- I concur that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and even the freedom to worship a piece of metal, are all First Amendment rights, however they are binding on those of us that are subject to the laws of the United States and not on God. The Scriptures don’t change because the constitution says people can worship whatever or whomever they want. This means that the separation of Church and State is a fallacy. If we vote for a person who lives and believes differently from us then the legalized ‘killing’ of unborn babies is the resultant effect and we all bear the consequences of that decision. If we have leaders who espouse our values then, according to the Scriptures we live Godly, peaceable and quiet lives.
- Prayer works! This is why we have concerted efforts such as One Prayer to harness the collective strength of the Body of Christ and establish the will of God over the nations. If His will isn’t established, someone else’s will be.
Well, what do you think? Don’t go quiet on me now, let’s continue the dialog! I’ll conclude my thoughts on this tomorrow.