Off Topic: On Voting

From Chuck Colson and in our local church bulletin:

How do we go about choosing the best candidate on November 4th? Not by pulling a partisan lever – that’s knee-jerk ideology. Christians live by revealed truth, never captive to any party. The best place to go for wisdom is not the candidates’ website, but the Bible.

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, for example, advised Moses to appoint as rulers “able men” who “fear God men who are trustworthy and who hate a bribe.” The standard of competence and integrity. Later, God ordered Samuel to pick Saul, who “shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines.” This passage reminds us of Paul’s teaching in Romans: Government’s role is to wield the sword to preserve order and restrain evil.

Today, God no longer chooses our leaders directly. Since we live in a democracy, God entrusts us with the job of choosing leaders He will then anoint. Instead of a prophet, we are to commission leaders of competence, virtue, and character. That’s why not voting, or rejecting candidates because they’re not perfect on some biblical score sheet, is a deriliction of our trust.

Ultimately, in casting a vote, our judgment should be guided by what we perceive to be the common good. Our Founders understood this, which is why they used the term commonweal, or commonwealth, for the state. God has a deep and abiding interest in all people being treated fairly. If God favors any “special interest,” it is the poor, the hungry, the prisoner – those with the least access to political power.

So on Election Day we should be the best of citizens, voting for the candidate best for all the people. And then, the next day, after indulging in your celebration (or pity party), get busy working to advance God’s Kingdom in this earthly society.

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