How Should We Then Vote?

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How Should We Then Vote?

By Rev. Bob Burridge

Our responsibility as Christians is to promote God’s glory and ways.

As Christians we have two citizenships to honor: first in the Kingdom of God, second in our Country. Our duty in both is to honor God, and to promote his ways.To show us how that is to be done, we have written instructions preserved in the Bible. In our very special place in human history, US Citizens have the awesome responsibility of electing our leaders.

Since there are no perfect people, there can never be perfect candidates. To choose responsibly, we need to know what biblical principles should guide our decisions.

We live in a dangerous time. Basic principles originally drawn from Scripture are being abandoned in the 21st Century. Marriage has been redefined in a way completely at odds with how it was set up by our God. There are foreign enemies who want to destroy us, even at the price of their own lives. There are those in our own country who want to totally ban public mentions of God.

Our responsibility as Christians is to promote God’s glory and ways.

Considering all that — how should we then vote? This phrase is borrowed from a verse in Ezekiel 33:10. The focus there is about being responsible to warn others when dangers come along. Verse 6 gives us the context.

Ezekiel 33: 6, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” (NKJV)

We have a duty to let people know about the consequences of wickedness, and of ignoring warnings. If we ignore God’s warnings, we may lose our freedoms, and even face death. If we fail to warn others when we see danger coming, we are guilty of disobeying our calling. If we ignore the problems, ” .. how should we then live?” (Ezekiel 33:10 as the King James version translates it) It is our duty to select the leaders who will deal with the dangers, warn the people, and best handle today’s challenges. So — how should we then vote?

We need to consider the biblical principles that guide us in making responsible voting choices. A biblical approach considers who will most likely govern according to biblical principles. Who will govern in the way God defines the role of human government?

Before getting into evaluating today’s issues and how we should evaluate candidates, It is important to review what the Bible says about the job of government and human leadership… Read more at The Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies