Well, it’s political season again. The candidates are kissing babies and calling each other names. Meanwhile, the world and the nation seem to be spinning out of control. As Christian folks we have an obligation to be good citizens and inform ourselves on the issues. We are also obligated to pray for God’s hand to guide our nation. With these things in mind, and at the risk of offending some, I want to give a little reminder about some important things to watch for in our candidates.
1. Support of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel is not always right, but they are always Israel. They face existential threats from every direction. If we want our country to be blessed, we must have leaders that bless Israel. Gen 12:3 / Ex 23:22 / Dt 30:7 / etc.
2. Life is sacred. We are obligated to allow God to decide when a person should die. This cannot be left to government. Either at the beginning of life, or at the end. Zech 12:1
3. We are here for only one purpose: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must oppose any governmental authority that attempts to squelch our free speech and exercise of religion.
4. Our rights come from God not government, and are enumerated in our founding documents. Any politician who threatens the rights contained in those documents should be removed immediately.
5. For other issues, whether they be moral, economic, or cultural, we must ask one great question: “Who decides?” On the great issues of life, who makes the choice? A constitutional republic with protected rights to protect the minority prevents the tyranny of the majority. Direct democracy is as tyrannical as any other form of government. Separation of powers and state sovereignty were meant to keep decisions as close to the people as possible. Whether its taxes, health care, education, or your diet, who do you want making decisions on these issues in your life? Vote for those who protect your autonomy as a free moral agent.
Scripture Reading: When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NLT)
Somebody Said A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. Ronald Reagan
The purpose of government is to establish general order, punish evil-doers, protect the rights of the weak and defenseless, and provide for the national defense. Be careful about everything else. Do your homework, pray, and let’s believe God for godly people in authority.