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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 04:33:40 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross


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COLUMN: SQUARE ONE

The Christian Voter 
 by Richard Mansel, assistant editor

When a Christian prepares to vote there are certain key
principles that come to bear, regardless of the
candidates in the race (Romans 13:1-4).

After being immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38; Acts
22:16; Galatians 3:27) and added to his church (Acts
2:47) and walking according to Christ’s call (Ephesians
4:1), we remain in the kingdom and bear his name (1
John 1:7).

Accordingly, we do not cease to be Christians. We do
not have the right to partition sections of our lives
as belonging to God, reserving the rest for ourselves.
He must have all of us.

God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He is the
Lord of Heaven and Earth. He has given us Scripture
that we use as our pattern to know what his will is for
our lives (John 12:48; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy
1:13). In the Bible, we learn that we are to put his
will above our own in everything (Luke 14:27; Romans
6:3-4).

When we enter the voting booth, we bear the sobering
responsibility to vote as a Christian. Our Bibles must
matter more than any other criterion. God’s plan must
reign supreme in the life of the Christian. In other
words, we must vote Christian.

One of the most powerful quotes ever uttered by man
came from the mind of Edmund Burke, “The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing.” This sobering thought should spur us to vote
and to be involved.

Some argue that we cannot vote as Christians because
the perfect candidate does not exist. An illustration
is helpful in answering this charge.

Two Christian teenagers go to a public school, where
they are the only Christians. They will have non-
Christian friends. Will their friends be perfect? No.
However, we will want them to have friends who, while
flawed, have characters that will benefit them. We do
not want them to have friends who will do them harm.
Sin is sin but some sins have greater consequences.

Which would affect us the most: someone gossiping about
us or killing us? Both are wrong and sinful. However,
one clearly impacts our lives more than the other.

Voting is like this. We will not find perfect secular
candidates. As Christians, we must decide which issues
are most important to us as children of God and to
society.

How will our vote affect the moral condition of the
country? How will it affect the laws of the land and
our religious freedoms? Will our vote be for someone
who will appoint judges that will uphold the
Constitution or create new laws, such as abortion, so
sin can prevail?

Christians, for example, will vote for pro-choice
candidates because of their economic policies and then
complain about the increase in abortions. We cannot be
naive in thinking that our votes do not have
consequences.

Christians must remember that moral issues do touch
their lives. For example, a movement is under way to
criminalize preaching and teaching. If we teach the
clear teachings of Scripture that homosexuality is sin
(Romans 1:26-27), then we may be sued or incarcerated.
If we vote for candidates who seek to legalize this
insanity, we have made a grievous error in judgment and
helped empower their sin.

Please vote and do so with prayer and Scriptural
reflection. God will be watching. 

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