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I vote, But I Trust in God

This is part 5 of the series on voting. Please read the other four parts in order to give context this post.  You can read them here, here, here, and here.

Next week I will vote.  I have in mind the people and measures that I think will best promote good and limit evil in our fallen world.  I, along with thousands of other Americans, will stand in line, tell the people my name, then go to the voting booth and use the touch screen.

On that day, some people will rejoice that their “side” won.  Others will be appalled that their “side” lost.  Anytime you have an election some will be happy and some will be sad.

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Government is not the Solution

In this series I have hoped (in as much is possible in three blog posts) to talk some about a Christian perspective in voting.  I appreciate the comments of others in helping to accomplish this goal.  In this post I want to address a concern I have.

It seems that some people look to the government as the solution to all of man’s problems.  “Immorality is high in our nation, thus we need to change the laws to make man moral.  We have too much poverty, thus we need to tax and redistribute.”  The argument seems to put the weight of responsibility on the government and elected officers.

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What Are The Major Goals of Christian Voting?

So far we have discussed the Why and the How of voting, but I want to step back for a moment and provide a big picture view of voting. Specifically, what should be the major goals for Christians as they vote? In my mind I would want those goals to be in line with God’s goals for government.  Therefore I view voting with two goals in mind:

1. Will my vote limit evil in some way?   The fall of man in Genesis 3 brought evil into our world.  From that day forward God has put evil in check through various means.  Although we still have evil in this world, and appalling evil at times, the goodness of God limits the evil that we see. One way that God limits evil is through the establishment of Government. Scripture clearly states that government exists to punish wrongdoers and thus discourage evil (Romans 13:2, 4).

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How Should Christians Vote?

Yesterday we dealt with the question of should Christians vote.  (You can read it here).  Today we ask how should Christians vote?

The simple answer is that Christians need to vote for politicians and ballot measures that are most in line with the teachings of Christ.  This has been seen most often in Christians voting with two main issues in mind: abortion and homosexuality.

However, I think those are not the only “moral” issues in the election. I think Christians should consider the economic policies of a candidate and determine if they are compatible with a Christian worldview.  I think Christians need to consider the issue of war.  Christians should also go into the voting booth asking the question of which candidates/platforms best fit God’s description of government?  Which group will best limit the evil that we see in our country and reward those who do good?

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Should a Christian Vote?

In case you missed the memo (and by memo I mean the thousands of ads, the news coverage, and the rallies), or you are one of my foreign country readers, we have an election coming up in this country.  So the next few days I want to discuss voting on this site.  Not just voting in general, but voting from a Christian perspective. I really want to hear your thoughts on the issue so feel free to leave comments.

The normal objections to a Christian voting might be as followed (if you have others feel free to share them and then give your opinion on their legitimacy):

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