Over the years, I have been periodically asked how I am going to vote. I normally then share the criteria I use when it comes to voting for candidates. The criteria I take into consideration not only include the candidates but party platforms.
I ask four questions about the candidate.
Are they a friend of Israel?
God said of His people, “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:3. Since God is a promise keeper and not a promise breaker, this still holds true today of the nation of Israel. He has a plan for them as a nation.
Some people may think this is simplistic, but it’s what the Word of God says and we should take it seriously.
Are they pro-life?
Killing babies in the womb is a sin. I personally do not support any candidate or proposition favoring abortion, Planned Parenthood and some forms of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
Having said this, thanks be to God that there is forgiveness and healing for those who have experienced abortions.
Are they pro-traditional family?
The Bible says that marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24) and that He created male and female (Genesis 1:27). God has a plan and humanity is corrupting God’s plan.
The Bible also clearly states that the practice of homosexuality (not same sex attraction) is a sin. Romans 1:26-27 states that homosexual men and women have made bad exchanges; exchanging what God created for sex that which is unnatural and depraved.
Are they supportive of religious freedom for Christians?
I added this fourth criterion this year. The religious freedom of the church is eroding. If you read my blog dated 9/28/16, you will see one example of this with regards to transgender bathroom usage and the church.
We are in an age where Christian bakery owners cannot refuse to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding on religious grounds without losing a lawsuit, whereas, bakers of other religious affiliations can refuse without a whimper from mainstream America, the media and our government. The double standard is absolutely glaring.
In light of this imbalance, being persecuted for the right reasons is not necessarily a bad thing – historically, the persecuted church is a strong and vibrant church.
These are my criteria. Other Christians have other criteria. Just remember that the ultimate voter guide should be God’s Word, which is meant to be “a lamp to my feet And a light to my path”. Psalm 119:105.
Something to think about…