Where is the Christian candidate a Christian can vote for? I do not believe “the pulpit” is the proper arena for partisan issues. However, as our society changes, political issues arise that also involve moral and/or doctrinal principles. When that happens it is necessary to teach vigorously and without compromise what God has revealed on the subject. It is difficult to do this without leaving the impression that you are “campaigning” for a particular candidate or political party.
We Americans have been blessed by the fact that we are living in a country that has been influenced by God’s word. Many of our countrymen are working hard to minimize, or possibly eliminate that influence on our lives and our laws. In doing so, they are challenging and attacking many God-given decrees and principles of truth.
Powerful forces are at work to convince people that sins which are an abomination to God should be allowed and even encouraged. Though it has become a political issue, I am not guilty of preaching politics when I teach that homosexuality is wrong. God made it a moral issue by describing homosexuality as a “perversion” (Rom. 1:27). His “righteous judgment” declared that “those who practice such things are worthy of death,” and even warned against the temptation to “approve of them who practice them” (Rom. 1:32). In other words, if we condone homosexuality and gay marriage, we are just as guilty in God’s eyes are those who commit such perverted acts.
Another moral matter that has become an equally volatile political issue is the practice of killing unborn babies. Using the euphemism, “Pro-Choice,” advocates of abortion are merely ratifying the actions of men like Pharaoh and Herod who killed babies shortly after they were born. They simply didn’t “do the job” before the babies were born. Had Planned Parenthood been on the job at the time, I suppose they would have offered Mary the option of removing the “fetus” in her womb. Even at the risk of being accused of preaching politics, the faithful gospel preacher must sound forth the truth that “hands that shed innocent blood” is listed as one of the things that the Lord hates (Prov. 6:17). Simply put, life begins at conception and all those who promote abortion are also guilty of cold blooded murder in the eyes of God, and will be held accountable come the day of judgment for their actions.
Now, to be fair, the same political party that is against abortion and homosexuality also promote greed. They are quick to give tax breaks to the very wealthy who need it less and take away from the very poor who need it more. If you had 2 children and you took away the allowance of the one who was less intelligent and talented, and gave more to the one who was very intelligent and talented, most would say you are an abusive parent and are unfair. Such is the case of taking from the poor and giving it to the rich. It is not fair. In fact, the bible states as much when it said, “He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.” Prov 22:16 This we have from the richest man who ever lived. David said that God will come to the defense of the poor: “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord;” Ps 12:5 Solomon also wrote that we can’t honor God unless we first honor the poor. “He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.” Prov 14:31 In fact, God chose the poor, rich in faith to be heirs of the kingdom. Jam 2:5 Therefore, when we harm the poor by lowering his wages in order to increase our own, we are dooming our very soul. Jam 5:1-5
I remember reading, when John F. Kennedy was seeking the presidency, that some gospel preachers used the pulpit and church bulletins to try to persuade people to vote for his opponent, Richard Nixon. I recently reread articles written by some of our brethren back then, and though I understand the concerns they had, I dont believe it was sinful to vote for Kennedy. A vote for Kennedy was no more an endorsement of the errors of the Catholic faith than was a vote for Richard Nixon an endorsement of Quaker belief. However, the present situation is somewhat different. The issue then was whether or not Kennedys loyalty to the Roman Catholic faith would threaten our religious freedom.
The issue today is whether by voting for a candidate we are lending endorsement to the evil that they propose. Often times, it is a question of deciding which is more wrong as opposed to voting for one who is completely right on all issues. Is it more wrong to be for abortion and gay marriage or to be stealing wages from the poor to build higher profits for the rich? Often times it’s just that simple, and there is no right or wrong answers. I would prefer a candidate who is right on the moral issues and on the issue of greed.
Some say we can’t place religion and politics in the same arena because they conflict. If we have prayer in the schools, we have to decide which religious prayer to conduct. Shall it be a Jewish prayer, a Muslim prayer, a Hindu prayer, a Christian prayer and if Christian, which denomination? Another fundamental problem of making abortion illegal is how to enforce it. I had a great aunt who had an abortion in the 1920s, and the only one who knew she had done it was her and a midwife. Today, women have the abortion pill which does the evil deed in total privacy and with no aid of a doctor or nurse. Do we really want to place the police in our bedrooms? If homosexuality was a crime, then is it also possible that all we would accomplish would be to place them back in the closet, as opposed to eliminating it? As for eliminating greed, don’t even go there. It seems to be the one sin which is encouraged from the cradle to the grave. Supposedly, it’s a sin that will take most everyone to hell come the day of judgment.
Bottom line? I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but I am going to tell you that someday you will give an account for your vote to God (Rom. 14:12). More importantly, I will suggest to you how to live your life by what the scripture has to say. Hopefully, there will be a few good candidates who deserve our vote and make our nation a godly nation once again. Sadly, America is far from a godly nation right now. Perhaps it never will be. However, it is something all Christians long for when they go to the ballot box to vote. Maybe the best we can hope for is to have a nation that believes in God enough to want to live a good and moral life before God. This they must do voluntarily, for history proves that no one can legislate morality. Only true Christians will serve God according to his Word, and to force a sinner to follow God will only yield rebellion. Therefore, if we want a godly nation, the answers are not found in good political candidates, but rather in good preachers and teachers who are willing to preach and teach the unadulterated gospel and doctrine of Christ. Preach the Word of God in and out of season, and let God give the increase! 2 Tim 4:2-5 f; 1 Cor 3:6