I don’t know about you but I am a little tired of all the political debates that are dominating the news today. Everyone is telling us why he or she is the best candidate on both sides of the aisle. They are all trying to say the right things to get our votes. I must admit that I have never seen the citizenry as disgusted with politicians as they are today. I recently read a great blog that was titled, Throw The Bums Out, by my good friend, Christian Overman. I encourage you to click on the title and read the blog for yourself. It is excellent!
Overman’s blog post is one indicator of the current mood in our country toward people in government. However, it is important to remember what elections are all about, especially as we enter the primary season in our country. Elections are not about people or even political parties. Elections are about ideas/worldviews. When we vote, we are voting for ideas/worldviews that we want to control our lives.
It seems like more and more religious leaders are “endorsing” various candidates. Even this has led to heated debates as to who endorsed who. So here is my endorsement! No, I am not endorsing any person. Instead I believe it is time for Christians to endorse ideas/worldviews that are grounded in truth. We need to not just listen to the ideas that an individual is espousing but also look at what ideas have they lived out in their everyday lives. This is important because when that person gets into office, he/she will once again live out their ideas/worldiews when he/she governs. After they are elected it is too late to say we don’t want those ideas/worldviews controlling us.
I am endorsing the following ideas/worldviews as I vote this year.
The Sanctity of Human Life
Unfortunately in past elections Americans, including many Christians, voted for candidates who were unashamedly for the continuation of the murder of unborn babies. We have now condoned the murder of more than 57 million babies since the infamous Roe vs. Wade court ruling. In addition to voting in favor of abortion, past voters of Massachusetts joined Oregon and Washington in allowing euthanasia through doctor assisted suicide. As a result of recent elections, human life is less valued today than ever before in our country. This year I am voting for a return to God’s view of human life.
The Freedom of Religion
Our country has been blessed because our leaders have believed in religious freedom; especially the freedom to practice Christianity and hold it up as foundational to why America is great. Once again, we have observed Americans supporting parties and candidates that didn’t even want God to be mentioned as part of their platforms. Religious freedom was dealt a serious blow when recent voters said they wanted a government that would force Christian organizations to fund birth control and other such practices regardless of whether or not it went against their biblical convictions. As a result of recent elections, the church has faced greater intrusion into its practices by a government that believes it must be the major influence in all spheres of American life. This is being done under the guise of “political correctness.” In fact, two Christian schools in Florida have been in the news because they were not allowed to pray before their state championship game, even though both schools wanted to do this as an act of their religious convictions. This year I am voting for Christians to be able to practice their religion without government intrusion.
In the beginning when God created man in His image, He ordained that a man and a woman were to leave their parents and become one flesh. This is what marriage is! God established marriage to be between a man and a woman and then commanded them to multiply and fill the earth. The family is God’s ordained institution through which His image is to be spread throughout the world. Man can never re-define marriage because God first ordained it to be between a man and a woman. In recent years, God’s design for the family suffered several severe blows when voters said that they want individuals who openly support same sex marriage to be in positions of leadership. In 2012 for the first time at the ballot box, three states, Maine, Maryland and Washington, voted to approve same sex marriages while Minnesota failed to approve an amendment that would deny same sex marriages. Of course we all are aware of how the courts have recently ruled against biblical morality and the family. This year I am voting for biblically-based marriages and the family.
God Is My Provider
The growing number of Christians who, by their votes, have said that the government must be their main provider continues to amaze me. Over the past several decades more and more Americans have made it clear that they expect the government to provide everything from education to health care to contraceptives to welfare for everyone. Of course, this will require taxes to be higher on certain groups because no one deserves to work hard and achieve success unless the government can redistribute one’s wealth as it sees fit. It is mindboggling to say the least to see Christians look to the government for its source of provision rather than to the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Every politician is telling us that, if they are elected, we will once again be able to achieve the American Dream. However, the American Dream is all about acquiring more stuff, building bigger barns, living a comfortable and secure life for 80 years and then die. This year I am depending on God, not the government, to be my provider.
Support of Israel
Israel is God’s chosen people and He has given His Word to them to live in the Promised Land. He has also promised to bless those who bless/befriend/support Israel and curse those who do the opposite. America has always showed unwavering support for this country. Yet, in recent elections both Christians and Jews voted for political leaders that show greater support for Palestinians and Muslims than for Israel. Even now, our leaders are siding with those who want to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth in trying to negotiate peace in the region. This year I am voting to support Israel.
Now you know what I am endorsing. These ideas/worldviews may not be popular in today’s secular society. However, I believe that we need to stand on biblical truth so that we can show the next generation that Christianity is the only worldview that provides answers to all of life’s questions.
There is no question that the country is in trouble. However, the solution to our problems is not found in who is elected into office. The solution is found in a return to God. First, we need to repent of our sin and then we need to cry out to God to send revival into our lives, our families and our churches. Without a move of God we will continue in our downward spiral. This year I am tired of politics and I am praying that God will give me boldness to stand for truth and endorse biblical values – even when I vote. What about you?