How Should Christians Vote?

© Barbara V. EversSome time back, I encountered some well-meaning people who couldn’t see how faith should impact how Christians vote.  These people had drifted so far from faith–something a large part of this country has done–that they didn’t understand the fundamentals of faith.

They expected me to vote against my faith if the current culture says to do so. They thought the two were not related at all!

Faith is how we live, it’s not just what we believe.

How long has this slippery slope of separating the two been active?

I’m guessing a long time. Satan never backs off.  He never goes on vacation. He’s always looking for a wedge to drive in and divide us.  He’s well on the move in this country.

Now, before you decide to attack me about my political leanings, I’m not vouching EITHER party. I’m heartbroken over the options open to us and the tactics being used.

What does Christian faith look like?

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  Ephesians 5:1-11

This is what faith looks like and why I must vote based on my faith.

The problem?  Neither party gets this!

The only part they focus on is that last line in the passage above:  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

The previous verses of that passage tell us how to follow that directive. But this appears in many places in the Bible, including this passage from Galatians.

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.  Galatians 6:1

There is a lot yelling and anger being broadcast on hatred and violence and fairness and health and money and charity and freedom, but how does the conduct of these arguments measure up against the true faith of God?

There is a correct way to do this:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:4-9

It is not ignorant or blind or prehistoric to follow the truths laid out 2000 years ago.  I just have to figure out how to do this in our current political climate.

Meanwhile, I will pray for this country and its people as we face a political season that seeks to drive us further apart rather than bring us together.

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5 thoughts on “How Should Christians Vote?

  1. The level of coarse joking by Christians on Facebook is amazing. As Christ followers we are called to be set apart. I think that is what draws people into conversation and gives us the opportunity to share the gospel. Recently, I have tried to guard my words and think about the words I use. As a result I find I speak fewer words and have very different conversations. We are certainly entering a season when we, as Christians, must not only know God’s Word but seek to bring those Words into our everyday lives and conversations. Thank you for this very meaningful conversation.

  2. Well said, dear sister. A return to the values set forth in scripture is precisely what is needed. Prayer for our country and our politicians is our only hope of turning this awful riptide of vehement, violent speech. As Christians, we need to be constantly in prayer for our leaders, current and proposed.

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