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How should the Christian American Vote?

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20

For anyone who knows me, you might be surprised to hear that I don’t believe Christians should automatically vote Republican. I do believe that for the follower of Christ there is a right or wrong way to vote though. Remember you are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), and everything (including your vote) belongs to God. Ultimately, whomever you vote for should be done after prayer asking God for which candidate your vote should be cast for, and not, who you personally believe should receive your vote.

With this in mind, I believe there are principles in God’s Word that should help the Christian determine where your vote should be cast. First of all, I do believe that our government needs to be fiscally responsible. God has given resources to our great country and we should use them wisely. Constantly moving our country into more and more debt is insanity and we leave our children a debt they will never be able to repay. However, I don’t care how much money a politician believes he can put in my pocket, I will never vote for a candidate solely on this basis.

I believe for the follower of Christ the vote should be determined based on morals and biblical values. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Prov. 14:34) I will never vote for a candidate who supports the death of unborn babies. Life is the primary aim of God. Jesus came that “we might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Abortion is the blight on our country today as slavery was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

I will never vote for a candidate who does not support the biblical, God ordained definition of marriage. Marriage is a God-given institution, and therefore, He is the One who defines it. We do not have the right to change that definition, especially so that we can satisfy our sinful desires.

Many believe you should not mix politics with religion, and I do believe that the government should not have the right to meddle in the affairs of citizens and tell them how to worship God. The issues above are not religious in nature (as some would make it to be), but morally grounded in what is right. As believers we worship God and one of the ways we can do this is through our vote. God will bless our country, but only to the extent that we are obedient to Him.

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